Train service on East-West line resumes after delay caused by track fault

Train service on East-West line resumes after delay caused by track fault
A second train fault in one day, this time affecting train service on the East-West line from Boon Lay to Queenstown stations toward Pasir Ris, has affected thousands of commuters.

SINGAPORE - A second train fault in one day, this time affecting train service on the East-West line from Boon Lay to Queenstown stations toward Pasir Ris, has been rectified. SMRT said in a tweet on Tuesday at 7.06pm that train services between the affected stations have resumed.

Commuters were first alerted to the second train delay at 5.44pm.

Later at 6.28pm, SMRT said that there would be an estimated 15 minutes of additional travelling time between the two stations. The delay was traced to a track fault near Clementi. This latest delay lasted over an hour.

SMRT apologised for the inconvenience caused in a statement at 8.15pm, and added that it is committed to improved the North-South and East-West's rail service reliability through track renewal and re-signalling programmes.

"With the impending completion of the re-sleepering programme on the North-South Line, we will press ahead with the replacement of timber sleepers on the East-West Line from April onwards," SMRT said.

On Tuesday morning during the peak hour commute, thousands of commuters were also stranded after a disruption to train services on the Circle Line between Labrador Park and Harbour Front.

The morning delay lasted nearly an hour from 7.30am to 8.24am.

grongloh@sph.com.sg

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