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Train captain 'bypassed signal point', disrupting service on Wednesday: SMRT

Published on Jan 23, 2014 11:23 AM
 
Tanah Merah MRT station, where commuters were told to alight. MRT service between Tanah Merah and Pasir Ris stations was disrupted for over an hour on Wednesday night after a train captain "bypassed a signal point without authorisation", train operator SMRT said in a statement on Thursday. -- PHOTO: ADRIAN CHEONG

MRT service between Tanah Merah and Pasir Ris stations was disrupted for over an hour on Wednesday night after a train captain "bypassed a signal point without authorisation", train operator SMRT said in a statement on Thursday.

The train captain's action caused a "trackside fault" to develop, at 10.12 pm. "Safety measures kicked in and as a result, train service was disrupted between Tanah Merah and Pasir Ris stations," said SMRT.

SMRT engineers were deployed immediately to rectify the fault. About 180 passengers were re-routed to Simei station and another 200 to Expo station. Free bus bridging services were provided, and train service resumed at 11.19pm.

SMRT said that investigations were underway, adding: "SMRT takes a serious view of any breach of operational protocols and disciplinary action will be taken as necessary." It also apologised to all passengers inconvenienced by the disruption to train services.

 
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