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SMRT collision: Service disruption on 17 East-West Line stations to accelerate resignalling project

[SINGAPORE] From Dec 8 to Dec 31, 17 East-West Line stations from Tiong Bahru to Tuas Link, and North-South Line stations Bukit Batok and Bukit Gombak will close earlier on Fridays and Saturdays.

They will also open later on Saturdays and Sundays to facilitate re-signalling works and accelerate the timeline for the entire EWL to run on the new communications-based train control system.

Reduced train service hours will also be implemented along other stretched of the NSEWL in the first half of 2018 to facilitate re-signalling works and other renewal and maintenance works.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) and SMRT made this announcement at a second press conference on Tuesday (Nov 21) relating to the Joo Koon incident last Wednesday when two trains collided.

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LTA, SMRT and Thales said going forward, services between the TWE and rest of East-West Line will be kept separate, until the entire line can be upgraded to Thales' signalling system."To end their (Thales') misery, we just keep this complete separation, so we have a clean system," Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said.

Commuters using the TWE will have to get off the train at Joo Koon MRT station, transfer to a bus, and then reboard the train at Gul Circle, and onwards to Tuas Crescent, Tuas West Road and Tuas Link stations.

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