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Trackside fault caused Tanah Merah-Pasir Ris MRT disruption

Train operator SMRT said Wednesday’s service disruption between Tanah Merah and Pasir Ris stations was caused by a trackside fault.

SINGAPORE: Train operator SMRT said Wednesday’s service disruption between Tanah Merah and Pasir Ris stations was caused by a trackside fault.

SMRT said a train captain had bypassed a signal point without authorisation.

Safety measures kicked in as a result and train service was disrupted.

SMRT said investigations are currently underway and stressed that it takes a serious view of any breach of operational protocols and disciplinary action will be taken as necessary.

SMRT engineers were deployed immediately to rectify the fault when service was disrupted from 10.12pm.

About 180 passengers were re-routed to Simei station and another 200 passengers were re-routed to Expo station.

The two trains were re-routed to Expo and Simei MRT stations as a safety precaution.

There were free bus bridging services between Tanah Merah and Pasir Ris stations.

Train service resumed at 11.19pm. 

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