Train fault causes slower travel between Yishun and Marina South Pier MRT stations

A display announcing the train fault on the North-South Line on Nov 23, 2015.
A display announcing the train fault on the North-South Line on Nov 23, 2015. PHOTO: EDDY2099SG/INSTAGRAM
A train fault in Novena affected commuters heading for work on Monday (Nov 23) morning on the North-South MRT line.
A train fault in Novena affected commuters heading for work on Monday (Nov 23) morning on the North-South MRT line.ST PHOTO: YUEN SIN

SINGAPORE - A train fault in Novena affected commuters heading for work on Monday (Nov 23) morning on the North-South MRT line.

Operator SMRT tweeted at about 6.30am that travel between Yishun and Marina South Pier would take about 20 minutes more due to a train fault. Train announcements said the fault occurred in Novena.

At about 6.40am, it added that free bus services would be provided between Newton and Marina Bay on the south-bound service.

The delay held up commuters like 49-year-old cleaning supervisor Ismail Mohammed, who travelled from Yishun to Newton and was 20 minutes late for work. "I'm quite frustrated because I've experienced several other delays before. I have no choice, because my only option to get to work is to take public transport."

Another commuter, 62-year-old retiree Cindy Soon, who went from Yishun to Novena, said she was delayed by five to 10 minutes. "The train was moving slower than usual, and stopped a few times between Khatib and Ang Mo Kio."

At about 7am, SMRT tweeted to say that train services had resumed and, at about 7.30am, it added that the free bus services from Newton to Marina Bay had stopped.