Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan stated that the disruption which occured along DownTown Line (DTL) 2 on 15 October at about 12.40 pm was caused by a broken track circuit cable lug between Hillview and Beauty World Stations.
The Minister was responding to questions filed by MP for Aljunied GRC, Mr Pritam Singh who asked about the cause of the train fault along the DTL2 line between the Bukit Panjang and Beauty World stations on 16 October 2017 and why has the disruption affected train services along the DTL3 line during the DTL3 Open House on the same day.
In his written reply, Mr Khaw stated that the track circuit fault caused a DTL2 train to stall, moments after leaving Cashew Station for Hillview station. Therefore, it had to be manually driven back to Cashew station and all passengers were de-trained safely.
“Normal train services resumed at 1:20pm,” the Minister added.
He then wrote, “While the fault occurred on DTL2, we decided to temporarily suspend the injection of trains into DTL3, so as to avoid congestion on DTL2.”
However, the Minister noted that the incident has affected the DTL3 Open House but overall the Open House was a great success, attracting 360,000 visitors.
“They familiarised themselves with DTL3 and were clearly enthusiastic,” Mr Khaw added.
DTL3 officially commenced service on 21 October and DTL now serves some 420,000 commuter trips daily on weekdays.
“This has been a major milestone for us and a great achievement for the DTL team,” he stated.