Those who are planning to head down to Tuas area during the next couple of weeks take note, as certain train stations will be closed for maintenance on two Saturdays.
According to a statement released by SMRT yesterday (17 November), four stations along the East-West line will be closed on two Saturdays in November to facilitate the replacement of electrical components.
The four stations are:
- Gul Circle
- Tuas Crescent
- Tuas West Road
- Tuas Link
These stations will close earlier at 11.00pm on 21 and 28 November 2020.
As the timing of the last trains departing from each station during the planned closures will vary, commuters are advised to check the departure times of the affected stations on SMRT Trains’ website and social media platforms to plan their journeys ahead of time.
Alternatively, for those who are still planning to head down to Joo Koon and Tuas Link areas can consider taking buses instead.
Bus Services 182M, 192, 193 and 254 are available for commuters to travel down to these areas.
22kV Circuit Breaker Trip Coil Replacement Works
For those who recalled, a massive train disruption occurred on 14 October, which affected three MRT lines.
The three MRT lines are North-South, East-West and Circle Line.
The sudden breakdown resulted in commuters to be stuck in the stalled trains for more than three hours.
15 trains and 123,000 commuters were affected by the disruption, and we should be relieved that there had not been a COVID-19 cluster from this incident.
After investigations were concluded on 28 October, it was mentioned that the disruption was due to a power cable fault on the Tuas West Extension .
The system’s supplier, Alstom, agreed to replace 150km of power cables and 113 trip coils along the Tuas West Extension.
As such, commencement works will begin on 21 November for the 22kV circuit breaker trip coil replacement works.
According to SMRT, the replacement works is carried out as a pre-emptive measure against power cable faults and potential service disruptions.
The early closures of the train stations along the Tuas West Extension in November will help accelerate the trip coil replacement and enable works to be completed by end 2020.
Four similar cable fault incidents along the Tuas West Extension have occurred since 2017. As the circuit breaker kicked in during these occasions and isolated the faults, thus train services weren’t affected.
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