SINGAPORE: Commuters on the Circle Line today can expect delays as train services run slower due to a detected crack on one of its rail tracks.
The fault was discovered during a routine maintenance inspection around 2.20am on Friday, near the crossing from Promenade station to Esplanade and Bayfront stations.
SMRT, in a statement released on their Facebook page, informed the public that the affected stretch would include Dhoby Ghaut to Promenade Stations and Marina Bay to Stadium Stations.
Due to the damage, only a single line operation can be conducted for both ways on these sections. As a result, passengers are advised to factor in an additional 30 minutes to their usual travel time.
SMRT’s rail replacement team is set to undertake the task of replacing the faulty rail crossing to ensure the safety and functionality of the tracks.
The complexity of the repair, which requires detailed surveying, the movement of weighty rails, and the use of engineering trains, means that the regular train service will be disrupted in the affected areas.
To alleviate the inconvenience, SMRT has arranged for free regular bus services between Paya Lebar and Dhoby Ghaut, and between Marina Bay stations.
Additionally, bridging bus services will be made available between Paya Lebar and Promenade stations.
For the benefit of the commuters, both in-train and station announcements will be made to update them on the situation and provide guidance.
To mitigate the disruption, SMRT suggests that commuters consider using the North-South Line, East-West Line, or the Downtown Line as alternative routes during this period.
The public is urged to plan their travels accordingly and to monitor SMRT’s official communication channels for further updates.
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