Track faults hit MRT services

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Train services on the North-South and East-West Lines were affected by track faults yesterday.

The first, which occurred on the East-West Line at 8.45am, caused an hour-long service disruption between Joo Koon and Boon Lay stations.

Free regular bus and shuttle bus services were activated for the affected commuters.

SMRT's vice-president for corporate information and communications Patrick Nathan said the disruption was caused by a loss of power to trackside signalling equipment.

He said SMRT was investigating the cause of the power fault.

Minutes after the first disruption, services on the North-South Line were hit by an unrelated fault.

At 8.58am, SMRT tweeted that commuters should expect an additional 10 minutes of travelling time between Yishun and Woodlands.

Mr Nathan said the delay was caused by a track point failure near Admiralty Station.

Though SMRT tweeted at 9.19am that normal service had resumed, commuters continued to complain of delays along the line throughout the morning and early afternoon.

At 1.25pm, SMRT warned of an additional 15 minutes of travelling time from Ang Mo Kio to Admiralty. Normal services were restored at 1.47pm.