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4 MRT stations along East-West Line to close at 11pm on Nov 21, 28 for maintenance works

SINGAPORE — Four MRT stations from Gul Circle to Tuas Link along the western stretch of the East-West Line will close earlier than usual, at about 11pm, on Nov 21 and 28, to make way for maintenance works.

The early closure of four MRT stations on Nov 21 and 28 is to facilitate the replacement of components as an added precaution against power cable faults and potential service disruptions.

The early closure of four MRT stations on Nov 21 and 28 is to facilitate the replacement of components as an added precaution against power cable faults and potential service disruptions.

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SINGAPORE — Four MRT stations from Gul Circle to Tuas Link along the western stretch of the East-West Line will close earlier than usual, at about 11pm, on Nov 21 and 28, to make way for maintenance works.

Train operator SMRT said in a media release on Tuesday (Nov 17) that the timing of the last trains departing from the stations — Gul Circle, Tuas Crescent, Tuas West Road and Tuas Link — will vary.

Commuters can take regular public bus services as alternative transport options around the Joo Koon and Tuas Link areas.

The early closure of the stations is to facilitate the replacement of trip coils — a component in circuit breakers — as an added precaution against power cable faults and potential service disruptions.

French train manufacturer Alstom had earlier said that it would replace 150km of power cables along the Tuas West Extension following a massive train service disruption on Oct 14, which affected more than 120,000 passengers and train service on some MRT lines for more than three hours.

Alstom will also replace all 113 trip coils along the same stretch by the end of this year.

SMRT said: “The early closures along the Tuas West Extension in November will accelerate trip coil replacement and enable works to be completed by end 2020.” 

The operator advised commuters to check the departure times at the affected stations or on SMRT's website and social media platforms to better plan their journeys ahead of time.

The Land Transport Authority said last month that the Oct 14 disruption, which resulted in more than 6,700 passengers having to get off 15 trains, was sparked by a section of 22kV power cables that had “burnt through”.

It said that there were four other occasions where there was a fault with the power cables along the Tuas West Extension, but train service had not been affected because circuit breakers managed to kick in to isolate the affected electrical zones.

On Oct 14, however, a circuit breaker that was close to the fault also malfunctioned.

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