Changes to Operating Hours for Rail Renewal Works

From 8 to 31 December 2017, 17 EWL MRT stations (from Tiong Bahru to Tuas Link stations) and 2 NSL MRT stations (Bukit Batok and Bukit Gombak stations) will close earlier at 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and open later at 8am on Saturdays and Sundays. 

There will also be full-day closure on these stretches on 10 December and 17 December 2017.

Train services between Joo Koon and Gul Circle stations will not be operational till June 2018. 

Affected stations

Affected stations 

Affected dates and timings for NSEWL Closures

Affected dates and timings for NSEWL Closures

Source: Ministry of Transport

 

WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES

  • Shuttle buses will be provided along the affected MRT stations. Please refer to SMRT website for more details.
  • Alternative rail lines such as the Circle Line and Downtown Line.

 

WHY IS THERE A NEED FOR THESE CLOSURES? 

The shorter operation hours will double engineering and track access time for engineers to speed up the resignalling works on EWL, which will be completed 6 months earlier in June 2018, rather than in end-2018 as earlier scheduled. 

It will also provide additional time to carry out planned maintenance and renewal works on tracks in the stations and train depots for the entire NSEWL network.

Commuters will be able to look forward to shorter waiting times and increased capacity on the NSEWL when these works are completed.

 

RELATED LINKS:

Joint Press Release: Investigation findings on Train Collision at Joo Koon MRT Station & Shorter Operating hours along NSEWL in December