Bukit Panjang LRT services suspended on Wednesday night due to power fault

The latest disruption follows a service delay on Bukit Panjang LRT on Monday (Nov 5).
The latest disruption follows a service delay on Bukit Panjang LRT on Monday (Nov 5).PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Late-night passengers on the Bukit Panjang LRT had their commute disrupted on Wednesday (Nov 7) night when service across the line was suspended due to a power fault.

In response to queries from The Straits Times, Ms Margaret Teo, vice-president of corporate communications at SMRT, said that the service disruption began around 10.40pm on Wednesday.

A stalled train at Bukit Panjang LRT station caused a traction power trip on the LRT, and all passengers onboard disembarked at the platform, she said. 

"Preliminary investigations indicate that a collector shoe had dislodged from one of the LRT train cars," Ms Teo said on Thursday.

SMRT first tweeted about the suspension of service at 11.56pm on Wednesday, adding that free regular and bridging bus services were available at all affected stations.

A further update was tweeted at 12.50am on Thursday morning informing commuters that service would not resume for the rest of the night. The last loop service on the LRT usually departs from Bukit Panjang station at 1.02am.

Regular services resumed at 5.15am, SMRT tweeted.

The latest disruption comes after a service delay on Bukit Panjang LRT on Monday morning when a traction power trip occurred between Phoenix and Bukit Panjang stations, causing the train to stall. That incident was also attributed to a collector shoe which had dislodged from one of the LRT train cars.

LRT services were disrupted between 7.25am and 7.53am, causing delays to morning peak-hour commutes.

After four months of late opening at 8am for maintenance operations, regular Sunday operations were resumed on the Bukit Panjang LRT on Sunday.