MRT service disrupted for an hour as train stalls at Yishun
Yes, it happened again.
Train services on the North-South Line were disrupted on Thursday (March 12) afternoon.
SMRT's vice president of corporate information and communications, Mr Patrick Nathan, said in a statement after the incident: "A train travelling on the North-South Line towards Jurong East stalled at the Yishun platform this afternoon at 3:36pm due to a signalling fault.
"There was a delay of about 15 minutes to trains moving in both directions, as we sought to reroute trains to minimise impact to service."
Service was back to normal after about an hour, he said.
There was a wave of tweets about the incident, but no update about it on SMRT's Facebook and Twitter during the disruption itself.
Mr Nathan said: "Station and train announcements were made to all affected commuters. We are also reviewing our processes for updating commuters via Twitter with a view to providing even more timely updates."
There have been seven disruptions in the past few days – once on Feb 23, Feb 24 and Feb 27, twice on March 3 and once on March 9.
Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said in his Committee of Supply speech on Wednesday (March 11) that the recent spate of train disruptions were a stark reminder that Singapore still has a significant way to go in terms of train reliability.
“While I can accept the occasional breakdown or even a more severe disruption if it occurs very rarely, I am really upset with the current situation in the last few weeks,” said Mr Lui.