Disruption on North-South line enrages rush hour commuters

UPDATE: Apologising for the 'inconvenience caused', transport operator SMRT released a statement at 1.14am this morning regarding the reason for the service disruption at the North South line last night.

It said train service resumed at 11.40pm.

Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said on Facebook last night that he has asked the Land Transport Authority to assemble a team of experts to help in a review of Singapore's train systems.

SINGAPORE - Partial train services have resumed following this evening's disruption of train services on the North-South line.

A statement released by SMRT at 8.56pm said north-bound train services between Marina Bay and Bishan MRT stations will be closed and will not be running tonight.

However, north-bound services from Ang Mo Kio to Jurong East stations, as well as all south-bound train services are still running.

The East-West and Circle Line train services will also operate as per normal.

Preliminary investigations conducted by SMRT showed that around 40m of the power rail had been damaged between City Hall and Dhoby Ghaut MRT stations.

SMRT staff are repairing the damage.

The disruption affected thousands of passengers, with commuters reporting it as early as 6.45pm on microblogging site Twitter.

A statement released by SMRT at 8.35pm said train services between Braddell and Marina Bay MRT stations had been disrupted.

It also encouraged passengers to take alternative modes of transport or the bus bridging service available between Bishan and Marina Bay MRT stations.

Commuters told AsiaOne that announcements were made in Braddell MRT station advising travellers to seek alternative transport.

A notice posted at one of the MRT stations said there were no train services between Marina Bay and Braddell MRT stations in both directions.

The disruption left some commuters in the dark as lights in the train cabins went out.

One photo contributed by a netizen to citizen journalism website Stomp showed a window smashed by passengers in an attempt to get ventilation.

The Straits Times reported that SMRT has started evacuating passengers from trains in the tunnels and moving them out of the station.

Station staff was also heard telling disgruntled commuters to return within three days to claim their refunds.

According to an AsiaOne reader, bus stops outside Bishan MRT station were packed with affected passengers trying to board buses.

Some passengers were also seen walking towards their next destination instead of taking other forms of transport.

This disruption comes one day after the Circle Line broke down on Wednesday morning, affecting some 1,400 commuters.

Disruption to train services on North-South line
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