Second track fault in 3 days affects city-bound trains on North-South Line

A train travelling along the track near an overhead bridge between Bishan and Ang Mo Kio stations on Oct 25, 2017.
A train travelling along the track near an overhead bridge between Bishan and Ang Mo Kio stations on Oct 25, 2017. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - Train services on the North-South Line were delayed briefly on Friday (Oct 27) morning due to a track fault between Ang Mo Kio and Bishan stations.

This is the second time in three days that the same stretch of line was hit by a track fault.

The Straits Times understands that the faults were not related. Friday morning's glitch was a track point fault related to the signalling system.

SMRT first tweeted about a 20-minute delay from Ang Mo Kio to Bishan in the direction of Marina South Pier at 5.56am, adding that free regular bus services had been activated.

 

Normal service resumed at around 6.30am.

On Wednesday, trains had to run at lower speeds over a 150m stretch between Bishan and Ang Mo Kio for much of the day due to a track fault.

Electrical arcing had caused a rubber insulator to melt along the tracks near the Bishan swimming complex, creating a gap between running rails.

This caused bunching up of service on the heavily-used line during peak hours.