Shorter operating hours at 10 MRT stations on North-South, East-West lines in August, September

Jurong East MRT station. (Yahoo News Singapore File photo)

Seven East-West Line (EWL) MRT stations – from Dover to Pioneer – and three North-South Line (NSL) stations – from Bukit Gombak to Jurong East – will have shorter operating hours during selected weekends in August and September.

Rail operator SMRT said on Wednesday (18 July) that the 10 stations will close earlier at 11pm on selected Fridays and Saturdays, and open later at 8am on selected Saturdays and Sundays.

The changes will allow for more hours of track maintenance and renewal works along the affected NSL and EWL segments.

During the affected weekends, train services will operate as a bi-directional shuttle between Queenstown, Commonwealth and Buona Vista MRT stations using a single track.

This bi-directional shuttle will operate with a longer interval of up to 12 minutes and commuters using it will have to transfer at Queenstown MRT station to continue their journeys.

Train services between Choa Chu Kang and Marina South Pier stations and between Joo Koon and Tuas Link MRT stations will be unaffected.

There will be no early closure or late opening of the stations on the weekends of 10-12 August, 17-19 August and 14-16 September.

(GRAPHIC: SMRT)

Bus shuttle services will be provided for commuters travelling along the affected sectors.

Shuttle Bus Service 2 will ply between Buona Vista and Joo Koon MRT stations, while Shuttle Bus Service 4 will ply between Choa Chu Kang and Jurong East MRT stations.

There will also be an express bus service to complement the shuttle bus services during the late openings on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

The Express 5 service 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.

Similar changes in train operating hours were implemented in December last year to facilitate track maintenance and renewal works, as well as to test the EWL’s new signalling system.

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