TRAIN service on Singapore's North-South line will be suspended from 11am and 4pm for further investigations, said the Land Transport Authority and transport operator, SMRT, in a joint statement early Wednesday - hours after the major service lines shutdown during evening peak hour the night before.
"They added that the service suspension was to allow LTA and SMRT engineers to conduct further investigations to determine the cause of the power trip that led to the shutdown of power across the entire network on Tuesday.
"While LTA and SMRT engineers have narrowed down the possible causes of the problem, and are in the process of rectifying the faults discovered, it is not yet conclusive, and they would need more time to ascertain the situation definitively,'' LTA and SMRT said.
Service on the East-West Line will continue to operate throughout the day but at reduced speed as a matter of precaution and safety.
"If the trains run normally during the morning, and continuing investigations during the morning pinpoint the fault conclusively, it may not be necessary to shut down the NSL from 11am to 4pm. However, commuters are advised to plan, for now, on the basis of such closure, and to check for updates before starting their trip,'' they said.
Commuters are encouraged to adjust their travel plans or use the alternative services provided by the bus network and rail lines in operation.
Free bus service will be available from designated bus stops and bus interchanges in close proximity to NSEWL stations. Up to 100 additional buses will be deployed to ply the affected rail corridors.
Commuters can continue to use services provided on the North East Line (NEL), Circle Line (CCL) and Downtown Line (DTL). The NEL and CCL will extend their morning peak period by two hours such that trains will run at intervals of between two and three minutes during the morning peak hours.
Information will be available on the SMRT website, LTA and SMRT Facebook and Twitter accounts, LTA Traffic News and MyTransport.SG.