Passengers at Yishun Station on 30 August (Source : Richard Jang Twitter account).

North-South Line experienced track fault causing slower train service for 3 hours

This morning (30 August) at around 6.08 am, SMRT tweeted that its North-South Line (NSL) had no train service from the YewTee to Bukit Gombak MRT stations due to a track fault.

Around 20 minutes later, it said that the service had resume and free bus service is still available.

Then it said that the trains are moving at a slower speed between Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Gombak.

Around 7 am, it said that the trains would be travelling at slower speed and it provided free regular bus between YewTee and JurongEast.

About an hour later, it said that the fault had cleared but the stations are still crowded. It said that the trains would need 15 minutes additional travel time between Woodlands and Jurong.

At around 7.38, it tweeted that the trains needed longer additional travel time, 20 minutes longer. Free bus were still available.

The train service resumed at around 9 am and the free regular bus had ceased.

The vice-president of corporate information and communication Patrick Nathan said that the delays were caused by a fault train. It could be traced back to train signalling equipment near Choa Chu Kang MRT Station.

“For the safety of passengers, trains had to be manually driven at 18kmh over the affected stretch. The fault was cleared and regular train services resumed at 9.10 am,” he said.

He also stated that SMRT is carrying out investigations to find out the cause of the fault.

Netizens were outraged about the delay. One even complained that the free shuttle bus actually were not provided.


Passengers of Circle Line also complained as this is the second day in a row for such delays to happen. However, no statement made by SMRT regarding the delay on this line.

Just yesterday (29 August), SMRT said that the Circle Line was delayed due to intermittent signalling causing the train to travel longer.