In the third rail incident this week, northbound MRT trains on the North-South Line stopped intermittently along the Orchard Road shopping belt during the evening peak yesterday
Signal fault causes train delays in Orchard area Some commuters affected by yesterday's train delays voiced their unhappiness on social media platforms. Several contacted The Straits Times.

IN THE third rail incident this week, northbound MRT trains on the North-South Line stopped intermittently along the Orchard Road shopping belt during the evening peak yesterday.

Commuters affected by the delay, which happened around 6.45pm, said there were several stoppages between Dhoby Ghaut and Newton stations.

Some voiced their unhappiness on social media platforms like Hardwarezone. Several contacted The Straits Times.

One commuter, who wanted to be known as Mr Shankar, said: "Everybody is angry. Long day at work and then stuck in train."

The 30-year-old financial sector worker said that when the train resumed its journey "after more than 10 minutes of delay", it was "moving very, very slowly".

Operator SMRT did not tweet an alert. But a spokesman said: "A train departing Somerset station encountered a signal fault. Commuters were detained at Newton station. The train was quickly recovered to Ulu Pandan depot."

On Tuesday, LRT services between Choa Chu Kang and Keat Hong stations were disrupted for about an hour because of a damaged third rail that supplies power.

On Monday, a track fault caused a four-hour disruption between Yew Tee and Kranji stations on the MRT's North-South Line.