Train fault causes delay on North-South line on Tuesday morning

The crowded platform at Yishun MRT station at around 8am.
The crowded platform at Yishun MRT station at around 8am. PHOTO: TWITTER/@UJUSTWATCHME

 SINGAPORE - Trains on the North-South line were delayed by up to six minutes on Tuesday (Aug 4) morning due to a train fault.

At around 8.20am, passengers had to disembark from the affected train at Marsiling station, which was pulled out of service. This resulted in a build up of commuters waiting at station platforms along the North-South Line.

Mr Patrick Nathan, SMRT Vice President for Corporate Information & Communications, said that trains were also travelling at reduced speeds due to the wet weather.

While no updates of Tuesday morning's delay were made on SMRT's Facebook or Twitter channels, Mr Nathan said that announcements were made at affected trains and stations.

Frustrated commuters had taken to social media to vent their anger, with the first tweet by user Huili (@blackkribbons)  appearing at 8.22am. She said her train was stuck at Marsiling station and was later told to alight from the train.

Another commuter, Ham (@abbyhamsome), complained of being late for work. He said the fault occurred in the direction towards Marina Bay station.

Facebook users also complained of slower-moving trains on both the North-South and East-West lines. Yishun, Marsiling, Bedok and Queenstown stations were reported to have been extremely crowded at various times earlier in the morning