Shuttle Bus Services to Support Shortened East-West Line Operational Hours for Weekends in January 2018

Singapore, 1 January 2018

Shuttle Bus Services to Support Shortened East-West Line Operational Hours for Weekends in January 2018

1. To facilitate more rail maintenance and renewal works on the eastern stretch of the East-West Line, ten MRT stations from Paya Lebar to Pasir Ris, and from Tanah Merah to Changi Airport, will have shorter operational hours every weekend in January 2018, starting on 5 January.


EWL Sector


Day / Date

Paya Lebar – Pasir Ris (Both Bounds) & Tanah Merah – Changi Airport (Both Bounds)

Early closures at 11.00pm

Friday and Saturday

5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27 Jan

Late openings at 8.00am

Saturday and Sunday

6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 27 Jan

Full-day closure


21 & 28 Jan


Shuttle Bus Services during shortened hours

2. During the early closure, late opening and full-day closure of these stations, two shuttle bus services, Shuttle 7 and Shuttle 8[1], will be available for commuters travelling between Aljunied and Pasir Ris MRT stations, and between Tanah Merah and Changi Airport stations respectively. These shuttle bus services will stop at pick-up and drop-off points near the affected MRT stations.

3. Two additional shuttle bus services, Shuttle 11 and Express 12, will also be introduced. Shuttle 11 will provide commuters with a connection between Aljunied MRT station and the Circle Line and Downtown Line at MacPherson MRT station, while Express 12 will provide commuters with a connection between Changi Airport and the city area.


Shuttle Service

Service Area

Service Interval

Shuttle 7

Between Aljunied and Pasir Ris (Both Bounds)

3-5 minutes (peak), and 5-10 minutes (off-peak)

Shuttle 8

Between Tanah Merah and Changi Airport Terminal 3 (Both Bounds)

Shuttle 11

From Aljunied to MacPherson

(One Direction)

Express 12

Between Changi Airport and Bugis (Both Bounds)

15-18 minutes


4. More information on train service timings during the early closure, late opening and full-day closure of MRT stations along the EWL, as well as details on Shuttle Services 7, 8 and 11, and Express 12, are enclosed in the Appendices attached.

Longer train service intervals on the North-South Line (NSL)

5. Train services on the NSL between Orchard and Marina South Pier MRT stations will operate at longer intervals of 10 to 15 minutes after 11.00pm on Friday and Saturday nights, and before 7.00am on Saturday and Sunday mornings in January 2018.

6.During this period, there will also be no service between City Hall and Raffles Place MRT stations on the NSL. However, the route is still served by the EWL. 

7. Night bus services and some regular bus services along the affected stretch will be enhanced with additional buses during this period.

Commuters advised to plan ahead

8. Commuters may get the latest updates on affected train services and alternative transport arrangements on SMRT’s website, as well as through SMRT’s Facebook, Twitter feed, and the SMRT Connect app. Commuters are advised to plan their journeys in advance, and seek alternative transport via other MRT lines or bus services where possible.

[1] The route for Shuttle 8 has been extended to serve commuters travelling between Tanah Merah and Changi Airport.


Click here for the earlier announcement on 15 Dec 2017, and here for more information on train service and shuttle bus service timings in Jan 2018.