2-hour train service disruption between Joo Koon and Boon Lay due to power fault: SMRT

SMRT staffer directing commuters at Joo Koon MRT station for free shuttle.
SMRT staffer directing commuters at Joo Koon MRT station for free shuttle.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Commuters boarding a shuttle bus at Joo Koon MRT station.
Commuters boarding a shuttle bus at Joo Koon MRT station.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Train service between Joo Koon and Boon Lay was disrupted for more than an hour due to a power fault.
Train service between Joo Koon and Boon Lay was disrupted for more than an hour due to a power fault. PHOTO: ST READER KOH BENG CHOO
Commuters boarding the free shuttle at Joo Koon MRT station.
Commuters boarding the free shuttle at Joo Koon MRT station.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

SINGAPORE - A traction power fault caused train services between Joo Koon and Boon Lay on the East-West line to be disrupted for more than two hours on Thursday night (Dec 17).

Finally, just past 10pm, SMRT tweeted: "Train service has resumed. Free bus and shuttle bus services are still available."

Those bus and shuttle services ceased just after 10.30pm.

A tweet by SMRT at 7.49pm had first reported an additional 20 minutes of travelling time in both directions between Boon Lay and Joo Koon.

SMRT had said in a statement on Facebook: "Joo Koon and Pioneer stations remain closed as our engineering staff work to resolve the fault."

It added that about 65 passengers aboard an eastbound train from Joo Koon towards Pioneer were detrained close to Pioneer station.

At 8.15pm, it said that there were no train services between the stations in both directions.

At 8.40pm, SMRT tweeted that it was working to recover the service.

Free bus and shuttle services were also made available between Joo Koon and Jurong East. Train services were available from Pasir Ris to Boon Lay MRT station.

At 9:36pm, SMRT posted on its Facebook page: "We are in the process of recovering the train that stalled between Joo Koon and Pioneer MRT stations to enable the resumption of train service. We will keep commuters posted."

Finally, full service was resumed just past the 10pm mark.