Students taking exams affected by morning disruption on NEL

Students who are taking their ‘O’ and ‘A’ level examinations today were affected by the North-East Line train disruption which lasted 2 hours on Monday morning.

Service was disrupted for the entire NEL since 5.23 am between Punggol and Harbourfront stations, till 7.21am when the transport operator for NEL, SBS Transit, announced on its twitter account that service had resumed in both directions between Punggol and Harbourfront stations.

Commuters were told to expect additional travelling time of 20 minutes after the earlier announcement that service had resumed.

It is uncertain when the service returned to normal operating level.

Commuters on social media gave a different account of how long the disruption lasted. @ArinTunas said that he was “kicked out” apparently at Buangkok station while @LoonGK shared how his son was there and the service was still not working.

The disruption is believed to have been caused by a power fault which occurred during the withdrawal of a new train.

Land Transport Authority (LTA) CEO, Chew Men Leong, in told the media, “At about 5am, while we were pulling the new train back to the depot, it looks like while returning to the station, it could have pulled the overhead power system and broke one of the wires.”

As there were O level and A level exams starting at 8am on Monday morning, Mr Chew said the LTA had informed the examination board about the delay.

“We informed the exam board and worked with the Ministry of Education to inform about the disruption. SBS Transit also issued notification slips,” Mr Chew said.

A parent shared her experience about the disruption on Channel News Asia, saying that she had to send her son to his ‘A’ level examination due to the breakdown.

This disruption follows an earlier incident on 13 October where power fault at the NEL was also believed to be the cause.