Newton MRT fire: Smoke due to cable catching fire in tunnel

Northbound train services between Newton and Toa Payoh were disrupted at about 9.05am on Wednesday morning due to a traction power cable which caught fire. The cable was supplying electricity to the third rail on the northbound track. No one was injured.

SMRT said the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was immediately activated, and the fire was extinguished at 10.06am. Its technicians are working with the police and SCDF to ensure that the track is safe before it resumes full service at around 11.30am, said SMRT in a statement.

Free bus bridging services have been activated between Newton and Toa Payoh stations, with the first bus arriving at Newton station at 9.37am.

SMRT said that at 10.05am, northbound services between Marina Bay and Toa Payoh were interrupted to facilitate access to the site for the removal of the damaged cable. Free bus bridging services were also extended to ply between Marina Bay and Toa Payoh stations.

Southbound service was unaffected. It apologised for the inconvenience caused.

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