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An estimated 58,000 commuters were affected when train services stopped for six-and-a-half hours on the North East Line (NEL) today.
Services resumed past 4.30pm.
Transport operator SBS Transit said in its latest media statement that five stations were affected and more than 60 shuttle busses were deployed for affected commuters.
It also added that there are stainless steel U-bolts linked to the power fault that have to be replaced along the line’s tunnel, starting with the section between HarbourFront and Outram Park stations that have 1,900 of them. This initial replacement phase is expected to take about three months to complete.
Earlier today, the delays started at around 10am because of a power fault and commuters were alerted via text messages, SBS Transit said.
Those taking the line this morning were redirected to board free shuttle buses when services stopped in both directions between HarbourFront and Dhoby Ghaut MRT stations.
Engineers later found that wires in part of the tunnel between Outram Park and HarbourFront MRT stations caused the power trip-up and train services had to stop for repairs to be done