Thomson-East Coast Line Hit By Signalling Fault On 4 Dec, Service Resumes 5 Hours Later

Thomson-East Coast Line Hit By Signalling Fault On 4 Dec, 3 Minutes After Line Supposed To Start

The Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL), when complete, will serve commuters over a large region of Singapore, stretching from Woodlands to Bedok.

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As it is partially open at the time of writing, only 3 stations have been opened.

Early on Friday (4 Dec), however, train services to all opened station came to a halt due to a signalling fault.

Thomson-East Coast LineSource

Service has since resumed around 5 hours later.

Thomson-East Coast Line signal fault in early morning

At 5.43am, SMRT announced on Twitter that there was no train service on the TEL and urged commuters to seek alternative transport arrangements.


This was reportedly due to a signalling fault.


All 3 operational stations had no incoming TEL trains. They are:

  • Woodlands North
  • Woodlands
  • Woodlands South

This reportedly came just around 3 minutes after services were supposed to start.

SMRT also said free buses and bridging buses would be provided at affected stations.

Thomson-East Coast Line Source

Hope affected commuters reached destinations with minimal delay

We hope commuters affected by the disruption managed to get their destinations with minimal delays.

We guess the silver lining in this is the fact that the disruption had occurred just as services were starting, avoiding the peak hour.

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