SINGAPORE - The island's eighth integrated transport hub (ITH) will open in Joo Koon on Saturday. The hub will allow commuters to transfer easily between the bus interchange and Joo Koon MRT Station, and also offer amenities such as fast-food restaurants and a supermarket.
Along with the new hub, three new bus services will be launched and other existing routes adjusted, to enhance the connectivity of the Jurong West area and Jurong/Tuas Industrial Estate.
To minimise inconvenience and confusion to commuters, bus operations will be implemented in three phases over a period of four weeks, starting with the first tranche on Nov 21, the second on Nov 28 and the last on Dec 12.
When the changes are implemented, the Joo Koon hub will be served by eight bus services: 99, 182/182M, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257 and 258.
Of these, 253, 256 and 258 are new, while service 99 is extended to operate between the Clementi and Joo Koon transport hubs.
Services 182/182M, 254, 255 and 257 will be relocated from Boon Lay to Joo Koon transport hub.
As part of the changes, the routes of services 192, 193, 194 and 251 will be amended.
Joo Koon ITH will also be the first hub to feature priority queue zones, which will allow the elderly, pregnant women and those with disabilities to wait in designated areas near the boarding berths.
The LTA said earlier in November that after a successful pilot at Yishun temporary interchange, it will implement these priority queue zones to all future hubs and bus interchanges.
ITHs are fully air-conditioned bus interchanges linked to MRT stations with adjoining commercial developments. The seven existing ITHs are at Toa Payoh, Sengkang, Ang Mo Kio, Boon Lay, Serangoon, Clementi and Bedok.