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SBS Transit does not rule out ‘sabotage’ as cause of NEL disruption

Posted by temasektimes on March 16, 2012

SBS Transit still does not rule out ‘sabotage’ as a possible cause of the disruption in train services along the North East Line (NEL) which affected some 90,000 commuters yesterday morning.

In a press conference on Thursday evening, SBS Transit’s executive vice president for rail Wong Wai Keong explained the main fault was caused by two stainless steel wires that were discovered to have snapped at 5am, which provided support to the electrical system powering the NEL trains.

He stressed that this was the ‘first time’ such an incident had happened which was unusual as the stainless steel wires were supposed to ‘outlast’ the train system itself.

“This is something that we are still investigating, because (the) two cables are actually stainless steel cables, which are supposed to be very strong. And we have looked at the failed cables, the condition of the cable was in a good condition. There was no corrosion, there was nothing bad identified at the moment,” he said.

When asked if SBS Transit would rule out sabotage as a possible cause of the incident by Yahoo News, Chief Executive Officer Gan Juay Kiat replied:

“We’re going to investigate jointly with LTA on this incident… we’re going to complete the investigation itself and see what caused these steel cables to snap, so we will do that.”

Some responses from Yahoo readers:

“Wow! These MRT operators are getting more creative with their excuses whenever there is a train delay or breakdown. Access to MRT tunnels is not open to members of public, only their staff has access. Nobody with a sane mind would want to walk along the tracks & get electrocuted for nothing …… please-lah SBS Transit, can you please come up with an excuse that is more acceptable to commuters???!!!” – Fair Comments

“It’s an eyesore in city’s heart!! Not a sabotage!! Left right they will come up with lame excuses! At least say this, “And I felt sorry, and I have felt bad about what happened”…Excuses here and there won’t do good Mr. Wong!!” – Anan

“Shouldn’t the company lodge a police report and let the police do the investigation with professional support instead of the company doing their own investigation if suspected of sabotage?” – Teh Hong


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PHOTOS: Super long queue for bus bridging services at Dhoby Ghaut MRT station as commuters get stranded

Posted by temasektimes on March 15, 2012

A super long queue formed at Dhoby Ghaut MRT station this morning for the bus bridging services provided by SBS Transit after train services between Dhoby Ghaut and HarbourFront stations were ‘disrupted’ for six hours due to a ‘power supply problem.’

One netizen commented that he took 1 hour and 15 minutes to travel between the two stations.

[Source: TODAY Digital Photosteam]

[Source: TODAY Digital Photosteam]

For more photos, view TODAY’s photostream here

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MRT service between Dhoby Ghaut and HarbourFront stations breaks down again, leaving commuters stranded

Posted by temasektimes on March 15, 2012

A day after train services along the North-South line were ‘delayed’ for ‘safety’ reasons, train service along the North East Line between Dhoby Ghaut and HarbourFront stations broke down due to a ‘power supply problem’ in the tunnel at Outram Park Station.

A statement from SBS Transit on Thursday said it is estimated that service at the affected stretch will not be available for about six hours, prompting stranded netizens to vent their vibes in cyberspace.

SBS Transit added that free bus services will be provided at designated bus stops at the affected stations. The free shuttle bus service has also been activated.

It added that one of the connecting cables at Outram Park station on North east Line had ‘snapped’ and 25 engineers are now trying to resolve the problem.

According to those stranded at the affected stations and trains, they were late for work because a journey which usually takes 10 minutes now takes more than one hour as a result of the technical glitch.

Some responses from netizens on Facebook:

“Well at about 7 plus the shuttle buses were still rather efficient. Not sure how the situation will be once the peak hour crowd comes.” – Fong Chin Teck

“I was affected, but there were announcements inside the train and at every station about shuttle bus services. Seems better managed.” – Ryan Ang

“Nowadays Singaporeans dun really scare about terrorism, only scare about whether they will be stuck in another train breakdown!! How to not own a car like this??” – Ng Kah Sing

“Dhoby ghaut to vivo took 1 hour and 15mins. Do I need to explain more?” – Ian Wong

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