Unfinished maintenance work causes delays on North-South Line for 4 hours
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SINGAPORE - Track maintenance works which could not be wrapped up the night before caused peak-hour delays on the North-South MRT line for four hours Wednesday morning (Feb 14).
It was the second such incident within a week on the heavily-used line, which had experienced a relatively trouble-free January after a host of problems last year.
On Feb 7, transport operator SMRT tweeted that âongoing track improvement workâ would delay journeys by five to 10 minutes.
Just before 6am on Wednesday, SMRT announced through Twitter as well as Facebook that city-bound trains were travelling slower because of âmaintenance workâ, and that journeys would take 20 minutes longer.
Then, at around 10am, it announced that normal service had resumed.
The four-hour disruption was unusual because it was caused by what appeared to be regular maintenance work which could not be completed before train service started in the morning.
SMRT has not been able to explain what the work entailed, and why it could not be contained during after-service hours. The Straits Times understands, however, that this may continue for several more days before it can be concluded.
If so, it would affect the lineâs better-than-usual performance in January.
Since December, operating hours on stretches of the North-South, East-West Lines have already been shortened on Fridays and weekends to allow the operator more time to fix problems.Topics:
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