$1.1 billion bus improvement plan about a quarter way in

A total of 143 new buses have been put on the road since the Government's $1.1 billion Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) kicked off last September.

In giving the update on Monday, the Land Transport Authority said 93 bus services have been improved as a result, and that commuters in many parts of Singapore should experience better service. Of the 93 improved routes, 41 were made between January and March. These were improved routes are found in areas such as Bukit Merah, Novena, Telok Blangah, Toa Payoh and Woodlands.

The number is about a quarter of the 550 additional buses promised under the BSEP. The programme is to be funded by tax revenue, and the cost includes operating expenses for 10 years, including driver salaries.

Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew has said the Government spending money to improve bus travel as it currently seen by many as being less speedy and predictable than rail.