We refer to Mr Wong Boon Hong’s letter ‘Yishun needs new express bus service to clear MRT crowds‘ (ST Online, 1 Nov).
Residents of Yishun Town are currently connected directly to Bishan through the North-South Line (NSL), which will see a progressive improvement in both frequency and capacity resulting from new trains being added as well as shorter travelling time. Of the new trains added to the North-South and East-West Lines (NSEWL) this year, the North South Line has increased its capacity by 5 trains.
The gradual removal of speed restrictions associated with sleeper replacement works will also improve train frequencies and travelling time. Moving forward, we will be progressively adding 57 new trains to the North-South and East-West Lines (NSEWL) over the next few years, boosting the current fleet size by 40%. Coupled with the upgrade to the NSEWL signalling system, targeted for completion for NSL in 2016, and for East-West Line in 2018, commuters travelling from Yishun can expect reduced crowding on their journey.
Residents can take Service 853 along Yishun Avenue 2 to Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8 and make a same stop transfer to Service 50 to get to Bishan. Alternatively they can also take Service 851 or 852 to bus stop BS53169 along Marymount Rd and make a same-stop transfer to Service 13 or 88 to Bishan station.
Yishun residents that are commuting to the Circle Line (CCL) can also take Service 851 from Yishun Ave 2 to the CCL Marymount MRT station.
We would like to assure Mr Wong that we are aware of the new developments in Yishun Town and continue to improve public transport services for residents in tandem with these developments.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations
Land Transport Authority