We refer to Simon Yong's letter on 'Poor bus network in Sembawang' (Straits Times Interactive, 26 May 2011).
To address the overall development of the Sembawang estate, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) worked closely with SMRT to improve the bus network in Sembawang town. Besides buses, residents go to different parts of the island by transferring to the MRT system at Sembawang MRT station.
Since the bus interchange opened in November 2005, bus services are added or amended to meet the needs of residents. For example, in May 2009, Service 882 was amended to ply Wellington Circle and Montreal Drive to better serve residents and school-going children in the area. In March 2010, Service 858 which connects Woodlands, Yishun and Changi Airport was amended to ply through Sembawang Town, to provide a new direct service to bring residents to the east of Singapore, and to be a direct inter-town service linking Woodlands, Sembawang and Yishun.
We rely on the expanding MRT network to be complemented with trunk bus services to linkkey destinations. Feeder buses and LRTs bring commuters to transfer hubs, such as MRT stations and bus interchanges to continue their journeys. This way, more buses can be deployed throughout the system to improve the overall frequencies of bus routes.
We thank Mr Yong for his comments as we take the input of commuters in our continual review of routes.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Deputy Director, Media Relations
Land Transport Authority