City Direct bus services for three more towns

The Ang Mo Kio City Direct Bus Service 652. Three new City Direct bus services will begin operations in the next few weeks to serve residents in Eunos, Bedok and Hougang. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
The Ang Mo Kio City Direct Bus Service 652. Three new City Direct bus services will begin operations in the next few weeks to serve residents in Eunos, Bedok and Hougang. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Three new City Direct bus services will begin operations in the next few weeks to serve residents in Eunos, Bedok and Hougang.

Running more or less parallel to MRT routes, they join 11 others rolled out since late-2012 to alleviate crushing train load during peak periods on weekdays.

Eunos City Direct Service (CDS) 658 will start on May 19. It will ply Bedok Reservoir Road, Kaki Bukit Avenue 1, Jalan Damai, and Jalan Eunos before taking the Pan-Island Expressway and the East Coast Parkway to get to the central business district.

On weekday evenings, the service will connect commuters from Anson Road, Robinson Road and Marina Boulevard back to Eunos.

Bedok CDS 659 will start on June 9. It will ply from Bedok South Road, Bedok South Avenue 3, New Upper Changi Road, Bedok North Road, Bedok North Avenue 2 and Bedok North Street 3 before heading towards Central Boulevard and Shenton Way via the PIE and the ECP.

Similarly, it will bring commuters back to the Bedok housing estates on weekday evenings. And Hougang CDS 660 will start on Jun 23. It will ply along Buangkok Green, Hougang Street 91, Hougang Avenue 4 and Avenue 8 towards Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 before heading to the CBD via the Central Expressway during the morning peak.

The three new services will be operated by Aedge Holdings, as part of the state-funded billion-dollar Bus Service Enhancement Programme to relieve crowding on MRT trains before new rail lines come onstream over the next decade or so.