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Normal train service resumes on NEL on Saturday

Published on Aug 18, 2012 6:55 AM
A goodwill ambassador directs passengers at Dhoby Ghaut Station as passengers board a train at 6.40pm on Friday, Aug 17, 2012. Tens of thousands of commuters on the North-East Line (NEL) run by SBS Transit stewed on Friday as not one, but two glitches delayed journeys on the nine-year-old train line. --ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

SBS Transit released a statement on Saturday morning that the North-East Line commenced operation according to
its regular schedule.

Journeys were delayed on Friday due to two faults. The first was a power supply problem that occurred just past 7am and resulted in the closing of a section of the tunnel between HarbourFront and Outram Park stations.

The second glitch was a signalling fault and took place later in the day just before 3pm such that commuters were further delayed. Though the problem was fixed by the start of evening rush hour, the system was still unable to work at its usual pace and rush hour train frequencies slowed to between 7.5 to 8 minutes.

Repair works were carried out after the train service ended on Friday night. Engineers worked through the night to replace the broken bolt, conducted realignment works as well as inspected the overhead power cables. In all, 30 technical staff and four LTA engineering staff were involved in the works which took about two hours.

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