Four new bus routes for Choa Chu Kang, Punggol and Queenstown by March

Buses at Choa Chu Kang bus interchange. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
Buses at Choa Chu Kang bus interchange. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

SINGAPORE - Residents in Choa Chu Kang, Punggol and Queenstown can look forward to better connectivity with four new bus routes by March this year.

The services will be introduced under the Government's Bus Service Enhancement Programme, but details of their routes are still being worked out.

Giving an update on the programme on Monday, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said that 550 Government-funded buses have been rolled out as of December last year.

Among the improvements made in the last quarter of 2014, LTA said four new bus services were rolled out with one more being extended, bringing the total number of new or extended services to 36.

Thirty-eight more buses were also deployed to 34 bus services during morning and evening peak hours in the fourth quarter of 2014 to reduce crowding and shorten waiting times. As a result, 480 weekly peak-hour bus trips were added.

Moving ahead, another 450 buses will be rolled out by 2017, with priority given to improving the frequencies of feeder bus services during peak hours. Buses will be added to about eight out of 10 feeder bus services, LTA said.

By 2017, connectivity will also be further improved with the increase in number of new routes from 40 to 80.