Circle Line, East-West Line hit by separate faults on Wednesday morning


SINGAPORE: Both the Circle Line and East-West Line were affected by delays during the morning rush hour on Wednesday (Nov 15) due to two separate faults.

A signalling fault on the Circle Line caused delays on the Circle Line, SMRT first said in a tweet at 6.28am, adding that it was investigating the fault. 

In an update 12 minutes later, the train operator said the signalling fault was between Farrer Road and Buona Vista. It advised commuters to expect 20 minutes of additional travel time between Buona Vista and HarbourFront stations, in both directions.

Free buses were available between Paya Lebar and HarbourFront stations, it said.

Congested train at Bishan MRT station, after the Circle Line was affected by a signalling fault on Wednesday morning. 

The fault was resolved more than two hours later, although trains and stations remained crowded.


The East-West Line was also affected by delays due to a train fault at Joo Koon station. 

In a tweet at 8.25am, SMRT advised commuters to add 20 minutes of travel time between Jurong East and Joo Koon stations. 

It later increased the additional travel time to 30 minutes, and extended it to between Jurong East and Tuas Link stations.

Free buses are available between the stations, SMRT added.


Irate commuters took to social media to vent their frustration with the train delays. 

Reader Priscillaa Shinbone commented on Channel NewsAsia’s Facebook page saying that she was stuck in a train between Marymount and Caldecott stations for an hour. 

Another reader Siti Rubiah commented that her train was stuck at Bartley station for half an hour and Serangoon station for at least 20 minutes. 

Jomond Kio told Channel NewsAsia that he waited for a train at Buona Vista station for more than 10 minutes. He then gave up and chose to travel by Grab instead. 

This is the second day in a row that train commuters have been affected by delays. 

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