New peak hour feeder services for commuters in Ang Mo Kio, Clementi, Yishun, Woodlands

In Clementi, a new service to complement SBS Transit's service 285 will connect commuters from the estate's bus interchange to West Coast Road. -- PHOTO: MY PAPER FILE
In Clementi, a new service to complement SBS Transit's service 285 will connect commuters from the estate's bus interchange to West Coast Road. -- PHOTO: MY PAPER FILE

SINGAPORE - Residents in Ang Mo Kio, Clementi, Yishun and Woodlands who use feeder buses during peak hours can soon look forward to a smoother and less congested ride.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Tuesday that it has awarded two private bus operators contracts to run five "peak period short services" for two years.

The new services, which will connect commuters living in those areas to nearby MRT stations or bus interchanges, will be launched progressively from the end of the year.

They will add on to existing feeder bus services, with at least five trips per hour during peak periods on weekday mornings and evenings, excluding public holidays.

Bus-Plus Services will operate four of the new routes.

One service will be from Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange to Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, to complement SBS Transit's service 265. In Clementi, a new service to complement SBS Transit's service 285 will connect commuters from the estate's bus interchange to West Coast Road.

Yishun residents will get two new services. One will be from Yishun Bus Interchange to Yishun Avenue 1, to complement SMRT bus service 811. Another will be from Yishun Bus Interchange to Yishun Avenue 3, to complement SMRT bus service 812.

In Woodlands, Rui Feng Chartered will operate a feeder service from Woodlands Bus Interchange to Marsiling Lane, to complement SMRT bus service 903.

With the new additions, there will be a total of 14 "peak period short services" across the island. This is part of the Government's $1.1 billion Bus Service Enhancement Programme, which has put 450 government-funded buses on the road as of September.

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