I refer to Mr Alfred Yeo’s feedback in his letter ‘Speed up Jurong MRT line’ (ST, 22 Aug 2014). The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has been working to improve transport in the Jurong area. Several projects like new train lines are in the works, and many other improvements are completed or are making good progress.
In 2016, Tuas West Extension (TWE) will open. Four additional stations after Joo Koon station will serve communities in Jurong and Tuas industrial areas. Come 2025, a 20-km Jurong Region Line (JRL) will serve residents of Choa Chu Kang, Boon Lay and future developments in Tengah.
While TWE and JRL are in the works, LTA is increasing train capacity on the North-South and East-West Lines (NSEWL). We are progressively adding 41 new trains to the NSEWL, which will boost capacity by about 30%. The new signalling system for the NSEWL, when completed in 2016 (NSL) and 2018 (EWL) will improve train frequencies.
LTA is also injecting more bus capacity and improving the bus connectivity to help residents and workers get around. Under our Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), we added City Direct Bus Service 651 to bring commuters directly from Jurong West into the city during peak periods, Service 49 to improve connectivity between Jurong West and Lakeside MRT station, and more buses to beef up Service 79 to improve its frequency. Commuters in the area will be among the first to enjoy higher bus service standards under the new government Bus Contracting Model, as some bus services originating from Jurong East, Bukit Batok and Clementi bus interchanges fall under the first package of routes that will be put up for bidding in the second half of this year. Commuters will experience shorter waiting times and greater frequencies from 2016.
We thank Mr Yeo for his feedback, and wish to assure commuters in the Jurong region that LTA is doing all we can to meet current and future transport demands in the area.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations
Land Transport Authority