Testing Of New Train Causes 2-Hour NEL Disruption

The two-hour train disruption on the North-East Line (NEL) on Monday (26 Oct) morning was due to the testing of a new train, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in a press release (attached below).

Preliminary investigations by LTA indicate that the new train had pulled a wire, damaging the NEL’s overhead catenary system, while it was being withdrawn to the depot. The catenary system is the power supply system installed on the ceiling of the train tunnel.

The exact cause of the incident is under investigation, said LTA.

Free bus boarding was initially activated by SBS Transit and LTA along all affected stations. Subsequently, free bus services were extended island-wide to help students taking O and A level examinations on Monday to get to school. The free bus services ceased at 9.30am.

LTA informed the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board, and worked with the Ministry of Education to ensure that schools were aware that students might be arriving late. Excuse slips were also issued to students by SBS Transit, said its chief executive Gan Juay Kiat.

Full service resumed at 7.20am.

Source: “Testing of new train caused a power fault that led to 2-hour disruption on North-East line” (Straits Times, 26 October 2015) and “Testing of new train caused a power fault that led to 2-hour disruption on North-East line” (TODAY, 26 October 2015)

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