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Downtown Line Resumes Service after 7-Hour Long Disruption

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Finally, the Downtown Line train service towards Chinatown station is up and running normally again.

This, after a signalling fault caused a disruption that lasted 7 hours beginning at around 7.20am today.

SBS Transit has blamed faulty platform doors at Botanic Gardens station for the disruption, which saw trains bypassing the station altogether.

It said in a statement that the doors, which are controlled by the signalling system, malfunctioned at about 5.45am and couldn’t open automatically.

Staff had to manually operate the doors whenever a train arrived at the station and this took some time which caused a delay to train services.

“To enable our engineers to resolve the problem as soon as possible and minimise inconvenience to commuters, a decision was subsequently taken to close the platform at DT9 Botanic Gardens Station for trains heading towards Chinatown. With the closure of the platform, train services on the DTL could continue without delay on the Line.

The fault was rectified at 12.54pm and the platform opened for passenger service. Two doors (#5 and 6) will, however, remain closed for more in-depth repairs to be conducted during engineering hours tonight.

During normal operations, when a train enters a station, the signalling system will communicate with the train system so that both the platform screen doors and train doors can be automatically opened at the same time for passenger boarding and alighting activities. However, this could not be done this morning at the DT9 Botanic Gardens Station.”

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The DTL1 was opened in 2013 and DTL2 in 2015 respectively.

Since its inception, this is the train services’ second delay due to a faulty door.

The first problem took place in Oct 2016.

A loose bolt caused a platform screen door to dislodge from its frame and come into contact with the side of an approaching train.

As a result, commuters suffered a 2-hour delay.

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