Train service along Downtown Line (DTL) were disrupted on Tuesday (4 October) morning due to platform screen door fault at the Sixth Avenue Station.
SBS Transit tweeted that there was no service between King Albert Park Stations and Sixth Avenue Station at 7.48am and that free bus rides were provided at designated bus stops.
No train svc btwn King Albert Pk DT6 & Sixth Ave DT7 due to platform screen door fault. Free bus rides available at designated bus stops.
— SBS Transit (@SBSTransit_Ltd) October 3, 2016
— Chua Kah Swee (@kahswee) October 3, 2016
Twitter user, @hyqqel posted a series of photos to CNA and Straits Times of the faulty platform door.
A twitter user, Elfian Hadi wrote that the DTL train that he was on, was moving backward. He was at Beauty World Station then went backward to Bukit Panjang.
— Elfian Hadi (@mrelfian) October 3, 2016
Another twitter user, Jecolia commented that companies should post updates in real time to inform the passengers who are travelling. She said that she could not decide on what to take as there was no update on the disruption.
@SMRT_Singapore there's little point in tweeting updates if it's not in real time! On the bus now but unsure at which stop the DTL resumes
— Jecolia (@jecoliatong) October 3, 2016
Crowds seen waiting at the bus stop as a result of the disruption.
The Ministry of Education (MOE) tweeted that national exam candidates who are affected by the disruption, can refer to SEAB website for instruction.
National exam candidates who are affected by DTL train service disruption can refer to SEAB website for instructions https://t.co/Ao6eNN46Gt
— MOE Singapore (@MOEsg) October 4, 2016
At 8.25am, SBS Transit tweeted that the service had resumed with free bus rides and bridging bus still available to commuters at designated bus stops.
The DTL has just opened its service on 27 December. This is its second major disruption after less than a year in operation. On 4 May, a train inexplicably applied its emergency brakes. The affected train held up services between Bukit Panjang and Sixth Ave stations and it was eventually removed.
It is interesting to note that LTA had earlier announced that the disruption of service along DTL was due to a signalling fault.