Singapore’s Two Main SMRT Subway Lines Disrupted by Power Fault

Services on Singapore’s two main subway lines operated by SMRT Corp Ltd. were disrupted for more than two hours following a power fault.

All trains on the North-South and East-West lines were stalled and free bus services were provided to stranded commuters, the country’s largest subway operator first reported on Twitter and Facebook at 7:38 p.m. local time on Tuesday. Service between Joo Koon and Pasir Ris stations on the East-West line resumed at 9:20 p.m., with trains running at slower speeds, SMRT said.

“We are still investigating the cause of the power fault and are doing our best to restore service on the North South and East West lines,” the operator said on social media. All affected trains reached the nearest platforms and passengers disembarked safely, it said.

Train breakdowns in Singapore, including those operated by SBS Transit Ltd., have prompted fines from Singapore’s Land Transport Authority. In July 2014, the regulatory body fined SMRT S$1.6 million (US$1.2 million) over four train service disruptions. SBS Transit was also fined S$50,000 for one incident.

SMRT’s incident rate for delays lasting longer than 5 minutes had decreased to 0.73 from 1.19 in the past year, Chief Executive Officer Desmond Kuek said in a speech at the company’s annual general meeting in Singapore Tuesday.