Train down, train down!

Train service on the North-South Line (NSL) was disrupted for about half an hour today (26 Apr), less than 12 hours after four train lines were affected by a power trip in another incident. This was also the third disruption on the NSL in less than a week. There was no train service between Kranji and Woodlands because of a traction power fault. SMRT got trains moving again at 6.49am and announced that everything was back to normal at 7.29am.

In a statement on Facebook, SMRT apologised to commuters and said it was investigating the cause to determine if it was related to the disruption yesterday (25 Apr) evening.

Tuesday morning’s disruption comes less than 12 hours after four train lines were affected by a power dip on Monday. Three MRT lines and one LRT line were affected on yesterday evening, leaving thousands of commuters stranded.

The Monday power trip, which occurred at 7.53pm, led to blackouts and shutdown of air-conditioning. Only the emergency lighting was left on. Shuttle buses were deployed as train services were out for between 30 minutes to two hours.

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan earlier announced in a blog post that the NSL had gone for 100 days without a major disruption up till 21 Apr. Alas, the good news ended on 21 Apr when a stalled engineering train at Raffles Place station knocked out a stretch of the line from Marine South Pier to Newton for almost an hour. Later in the day, the North-East Line was also hit by a train disruption. Train services were unavailable between Chinatown and Farrer Park stations in both directions.

SMRT has since apologised, but perhaps this tweet best sums up how seriously commuters take SMRT’s words now.

Here’s to hoping we can still have 100 day(s) without service disruptions.


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With reference to The Straits Times