We refer to Mr Edmund Foo Jong Fong’s letter “Estate needs more bus services” (ST Online, 11 Aug 2014).
LTA works closely with land-use agencies to actively monitor and review public transport infrastructure in tandem with residential developments.
Sembawang Straits Estate is served by Service 882. This service brings residents to the nearest transport hub at Sembawang MRT and Sembawang Bus Interchange, where they can transfer to the MRT on the North South Line or to other bus services.
Along the stretch of Sembawang Road between Canberra Link and Admiralty Road where there are more new developments, residents are also served by Service 169. This service provides residents with direct connection to major destinations such as Ang Mo Kio, Yishun and Woodlands. They can also transfer to other services at the Ang Mo Kio, Yishun and Woodlands bus interchanges/MRT stations to various destinations. With new residential developments along Sembawang Road, more buses have been added to Service 169 last year and again in March as well as May this year under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme. These additional buses have helped reduce waiting times and increase capacity for a more comfortable ride.
From 18 August 2014, a new short bus service – Service 882A – has been introduced to better serve residents along the route of Service 882. Service 882A operates between Sembawang Bus Interchange and Montreal Link on weekdays from 4.55pm to 7.30pm. This will help reduce waiting time for commuters who are taking the service between Sembawang Bus Interchange and Montreal Link.
We thank Mr Foo for his feedback. Together with the public transport operators, we will continue to look into the needs of this estate and make adjustments accordingly.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations
Land Transport Authority