CHANGES TO OPERATING HOURS FOR RAIL RENEWAL AND MAINTENANCE WORKS – AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 2018

CHANGES TO OPERATING HOURS FOR RAIL RENEWAL AND MAINTENANCE WORKS – AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 2018

East-West Line (EWL) and North-South Line (NSL)

From 3 August 2018 (Friday) to 30 September 2018 (Sunday), 7 stations along the EWL, from Dover to Pioneer and 3 stations along the NSL, from Jurong East to Bukit Gombak will close earlier at 11pm on selected Fridays and Saturdays and open later at 8am on selected Saturdays and Sundays to facilitate maintenance and renewal works.

During these planned closure, train services will operate as a bi-directional shuttle between Queenstown, Commonwealth and Buona Vista MRT Stations using a single track. This arrangement allows train services to continue between these three stations, while facilitating the turn-around of trains for the rest of the EWL. The bi-directional shuttle will operate at a longer service internal of up to 12 minutes. Commuters travelling to and from stations served only by the bi-directional shuttle will have to transfer at Queenstown MRT station to continue their journey.

Bukit Panjang LRT (BPLRT)

Late opening at 8am on Sundays on BPLRT from 5 August to 28 October 2018.

Sengkang Punggol LRT (SPLRT)

One loop on SPLRT will open later at 5.30pm on Sundays on 12 August and 26 August 2018. The details of the Sengkang LRT schedule are available here. For details on the Punggol LRT schedule, please click here.

 

WHY ARE THERE CHANGES TO OPERATING HOURS? 

The shorter operation hours will provide more engineering and track access time for engineers to speed up maintenance and renewal works so as to improve overall reliability.

Commuters can look forward to shorter waiting times and increased capacity when these works are completed.

 

WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES?

Shuttle bus services will be deployed along the EWL and NSL stretch to provide an alternative means of transport for commuters during the affected periods.

Shuttle Bus Service 2 will ply between Buona Vista and Joo Koon MRT stations while Shuttle Bus Service 4 will ply between Chua Chu Kang and Jurong East MRT stations, stopping at designated bus stops near the affected stations to pick up and drop off passengers.

In addition, Express 5 will offer two direct trips from Boon Lay MRT Station to Jurong East and Buona Vista MRT Stations, and make two direct trips from Buona Vista MRT Station to Jurong East and Boon Lay MRT Stations. Please refer to the table below for more information.

Shuttle Service

Service Area

Service Internal

Shuttle 2

Between Buona Vista and Joo Koon (Both directions)

2 - 5 minutes

 

Shuttle 4

Between Choa Chu Kang and Jurong East (Both directions)

Express 5

Between Boon Lay and Buona Vista, with a stop at Jurong East (Both directions – 2 trips each during Late Openings)

From Boon Lay: 5.15am & 5.30am

 

From Buona Vista: 6.00am & 6.15am



As the timing of the first and last trains departing the affected stations along the EWL and NSL will vary, commuters are advised to check for station-specific timings on SMRT’s trains’ website and social media platforms when planning their journeys on affected dates.

Shuttle bus services will be deployed along the BPLRT to provide an alternative means of transport for commuters during the affected Sundays.

Commuters are advised to plan your journeys in advance and travel via other MRT lines or bus services where possible.

 

RELATED LINKS:

Award of Contract to Renew the BPLRT System