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Track fault slows down morning commute on parts of NSL for 5 hours

SINGAPORE — Train services on parts of the North-South Line heading to the city had to travel at a slower speed for about five hours on Wednesday morning (Oct 25) due to a track fault.

TODAY file photo.

TODAY file photo.

SINGAPORE — Train services on parts of the North-South Line heading to the city had to travel at a slower speed for about five hours on Wednesday morning (Oct 25) due to a track fault.

SMRT, which first announced the discovery of a track fault at 5am, said in a tweet at 10.13am that regular services between Yishun and Toa Payoh had resumed.

Earlier, the transport operator warned of a 20-minute travel delay between Yishun and Toa Payoh stations, in the south-bound direction, as well as possible rush-hour congestion at stations from Yishun to Ang Mo Kio. It had also urged affected commuters to consider alternative routes to the city.

According to SMRT, trains were travelling at a slower speed from Ang Mo Kio to Bishan stations for "safety reasons".

"The speed restriction has been imposed over a 150-metre stretch of track between Ang Mo Kio and Bishan stations, in the direction of the city. Our engineers are monitoring the situation closely," SMRT said in an update at 8.22am.

When asked about the nature of Wednesday morning's track fault, SMRT said it had nothing more to add beyond information which it shared on social media. 

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