Power fault causes train delays during morning rush hour on Circle Line

A commuter told The Straits Times that a power failure occurred at about 9am as the train was pulling out of Buona Vista station. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
A commuter told The Straits Times that a power failure occurred at about 9am as the train was pulling out of Buona Vista station. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Commuters on a Circle Line train were stranded briefly on Tuesday morning after a power failure disrupted rush-hour services.

There was a power trip between Holland Village and Harbourfront at 9.05am. This was caused by a train which had stalled while travelling from Holland Village towards Buona Vista.

A commuter told The Straits Times that she heard a loud bang and the train then jolted. Some lights in the train also went off momentarily.

The stalled train was manually driven to Buona Vista. Power was progressively restored by 9.23am, and train services towards Harbourfront resumed at 9.27am. To ease congestion, trains travelling towards Harbourfront were turned around at Caldecott station towards the city area.

SMRT head of corporate marketing and communications Margaret Teo said: "Investigations are being conducted. We apologise for the inconvenience caused to commuters."