SINGAPORE — Public transport commuters can look forward to better connectivity among Yishun MRT Station, Northpoint City and a new air-conditioned bus interchange, when the Yishun Integrated Transport Hub (ITH) opens on 8 September.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said in a media release on Wednesday (7 August) that all bus services that currently operate from the temporary Yishun Bus Interchange will be moved to the new interchange within the Northpoint City complex.
The transport hub will feature dedicated boarding points and graduated kerb edges to assist wheelchair passengers board the buses. There are also barrier-free alighting areas, priority queue zones with seats, a nursing room and barrier-free toilets to cater to the needs of the elderly, less mobile and families with young children.
The Public Transport Council has also set up Heart Zones – the first within an integrated transport hub – for commuters who require assistance to indicate their needs to others. A room is also set aside for special needs commuters who need access to a quiet and calming space.
The Yishun ITH also has improved facilities for bus captains and other staff, including an air-conditioned staff canteen, dedicated staff toilets and lounge. To improve safety, the bus interchange is equipped with a reverse warning system to detect movement of buses from parking lots into the driveway.
The hub will be managed by SMRT Buses Ltd, which is planning to introduce an interactive passenger services counter where passengers can obtain information about the ITH and its bus services.
Information on the adjusted bus services will be available at all affected bus stops, bus interchanges, on buses, online at LTA’s website and SMRT’s website. Commuters can also approach SMRT staff at Yishun ITH and selected bus stops for assistance.
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