Train service on East-West Line back to normal 4 hours after track circuit fault

An SMRT train leaving Buona Vista MRT station.
An SMRT train leaving Buona Vista MRT station.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Train service on the East-West Line resumed to normal at about 1pm after more than four hours of disruption.

At 8.32am, SMRT tweeted that service would be delayed by 25 minutes from City Hall to Dover MRT station. 

Train service was still available and SMRT was working to recover service, it said in tweets on Wednesday (June 14) morning.

This was revised to 20 minutes at 9.56am and to 15 minutes at 10.35am. Later, it tweeted that train service was delayed by five to ten minutes between Redhill and Dover stations.

Congestion from Redhill to Dover was cleared, and normal service has resumed, SMRT said at 12.55pm.

Commuters The Straits Times spoke to at about 10am said they experienced delays of about 10 to 20 minutes.

Jiao Zi Yi, a 13-year-old primary school pupil who boarded the train at Outram, said she faced a 20-minute delay.
She said the train was moving slowly and was stopping for longer than usual - a few minutes at a time - at stations and between stations.

Treasury analyst Stanley Soh, 35, was on his way to work from Queenstown station when he has hit by a 15-minute delay.

Noting that he was going to be late for work, Mr Soh said: "Of course, I am frustrated and Singaporeans are frustrated with these delays."

The delay was due to a track circuit fault at Buona Vista station, which is an interchange for the East-West Line and the Circle Line.