More Shuttle Bus Services to Support Shortened East-West Line Operational Hours from 2 March to 1 April 2018

1. Longer engineering hours will be extended to all 35 stations along the East-West Line (EWL) from Tuas Link to Pasir Ris and from Tanah Merah to Changi Airport from Friday, 2 March to Sunday, 1 April 2018. These stations will close earlier and open later on weekends and selected weekdays to allow more testing of the new Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling system, as well as more engineering works to be carried out along the network.




Day / Date

All 35 stations along the EWL:

Tuas Link - Pasir Ris  (Both Bounds) & Tanah Merah – Changi Airport (Both Bounds)

Early closures at 10.30pm

Monday and Wednesday:

12, 14 Mar

Early closures at 11.00pm

Friday and Saturday:

2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 Mar

Late openings at 8.00am

Saturday and Sunday:

3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 Mar, 1 Apr

Note: There will be no full-day closures from 2 March to 1 April 2018

More shuttle bus services during shortened hours

2. More shuttle bus services will be deployed along the EWL to provide an alternative means of transport for commuters when stations close earlier and open later from 2 March to 1 April 2018. Six shuttle bus services, Shuttles 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8, will run parallel to stretches of the EWL and stop at designated pick-up and drop-off points near MRT stations along the way. These include interchange stations where commuters can continue their journeys on other operating MRT lines.

3. In addition, four express bus services will also be deployed to complement the shuttle services. Express 5 and 12 will provide commuters with direct connections to the city area, and two new express bus services will be introduced to provide commuters with connection from the EWL to Downtown Line (DTL). Express 13 will bridge between Bedok and Bedok North for the eastern sector, and Express 15 will connect between Clementi and Beauty World for the western sector.

Shuttle Service

Service Area

Service Interval

Shuttle 1

Between Buona Vista and Raffles Place (Both Bounds)

3 – 10 minutes

Shuttle 2

Between Joo Koon and Buona Vista (Both Bounds)

Shuttle 3

Between Tuas Link and Joo Koon (Both Bounds)

3 – 15 minutes

Shuttle 6

Between Raffles Place and Paya Lebar (Both Bounds)

3 – 10 minutes

Shuttle 7

Between Paya Lebar and Pasir Ris (Both Bounds)

Shuttle 8

Between Tanah Merah and Changi Airport (Both Bounds)

3 – 5 minutes

Express 5

Between Boon Lay and Outram Park, with stops at Jurong East and Buona Vista (Both Bounds)

From Boon Lay: 5.15am & 5.30 am

From Outram Park:

6.15am & 6.30am

Express 12

Between Changi Airport Terminal 3 and Bugis (Both Bounds)

15 – 18 minutes

Express 13

Between Bedok and Bedok North (Both Bounds)

18 – 20 minutes

Express 15

Between Clementi and Beauty World (Both Bounds)

18 – 20 minutes


4. Information on train service timings during the early closure and late opening of MRT stations along the EWL, as well as details on the shuttle bus and express bus services, are in the Appendices attached.

Commuters are advised to cater for more travelling time and use alternative transport

5. Commuters are reminded to cater additional travel time when using the shuttle bus services. As the timing of the first and last departing train may vary from station to station, commuters are advised to check the respective timings before making their journey. Commuters travelling longer distances may wish to plan their journeys using other operational MRT lines, or seek alternative travel options, for a faster journey.

6. Updates on affected train services and alternative transport arrangements will be available on SMRT’s website, as well as through SMRT’s Facebook, Twitter feed and the SMRTConnect app.

Click here for the earlier announcement on 19 Jan 2018, and here for more information on train service and shuttle bus service timings from 2 March to 1 April 2018.