Bus services diverted in Tiong Bahru Road for second day due to burst water pipe

Due to a burst water pipe, several bus services plying Tiong Bahru Road have been diverted since Nov 29, 2018.
Due to a burst water pipe, several bus services plying Tiong Bahru Road have been diverted since Nov 29, 2018.PHOTOS: ALVIN YUEN

SINGAPORE - Several buses plying Tiong Bahru Road have been diverted since Thursday (Nov 29) due to a burst water pipe.

Urgent road works were carried out overnight and on Friday, resulting in two days of disruption to bus commuters and residents.

In response to queries from The Straits Times, national water agency PUB said that it received a report of a pipe leak along Tiong Bahru Road, near Zion Road, at about 2.45am on Thursday morning. 

The agency immediately deployed its service van crew and contractors to the site, PUB said.

The pipe leak has been isolated, and one out of the two lanes along Tiong Bahru Road towards Tiong Bahru Plaza has been closed to facilitate the repair works, which are expected to be completed by Saturday.

Water supply to customers has not been affected, and the cause of the leak is currently being investigated, PUB added.

Transport operator SBS Transit tweeted at 6.24am on Thursday that services 5, 16, 33, 63, 122, 123, 123M, 195, 195A and 851 would be skipping three bus stops in Tiong Bahru Road towards Redhill.

One of the bus stops is located opposite Tiong Bahru MRT station.

At 5.22am on Friday, SBS Transit said that the 10 bus services would continue to skip a bus stop at Block 18 Tiong Bahru Road due to urgent road works.

Mr Alvin Yuen, who works in the finance industry, said that he was affected by the bus service diversions when he left his home at about 2pm on Thursday.

The 37-year-old said that the road appeared wet and part of it was blocked from traffic, as repair works were ongoing.

When he returned home at about 10pm, Mr Yuen noticed that only one lane remained open to traffic.

Only cars were allowed to pass through the lane but not buses, he added.

Mr Yuen said that his father, who was heading to Tiong Bahru Market on Friday morning, had to walk about half an hour to another bus stop due to the diversions.

He said: "A lot of elderly residents live in the area, so it is really inconvenient for them to have to walk quite a distance to another bus stop.

"There were also not many marshalls around to direct the commuters who were clueless about where to go."

Members of the public can call PUB's 24-hour call centre at 1800-CALL-PUB to report any pipe leaks.