Fallen trees reported in Bukit Batok, Choa Chu Kang; SMRT bus services diverted

A photo of the traffic situation in Bukit Batok was posted on the Singapore Taxi Driver Facebook group, showing a huge tree branch that had landed on the road in the path of two double-decker buses.
A photo of the traffic situation in Bukit Batok was posted on the Singapore Taxi Driver Facebook group, showing a huge tree branch that had landed on the road in the path of two double-decker buses.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/SINGAPORE TAXI DRIVER

SINGAPORE - A heavy downpour in western Singapore fell trees in Bukit Batok and Choa Chu Kang on Friday afternoon (March 30),  affecting several bus services affected.

Transport operator SMRT notified commuters on its SMRT Connect app at about 4.50pm that bus services 172 and 975 travelling in both directions were temporarily diverted to the Kranji Expressway due to a fallen tree.

Similarly, in Choa Chu Kang Avenue 1, a fallen tree caused bus services 172, 300 and 301 to be diverted.

Another fallen tree in Bukit Batok Road caused the diversion of bus services 180, 187, 188 and 985.

A photo of the traffic situation in Bukit Batok was posted on the Singapore Taxi Driver Facebook group at about 4.10pm.

It shows a huge tree branch that had landed on the road in the path of two double-decker buses in the heavy rain.

The post said that only one lane on the road was passable.

In an update at about 5.15pm, SMRT said that bus services plying the road were now operating normally.

The National Environment Agency said in a tweet at 3.11pm that heavy rain was expected over many areas of Singapore from 3.50pm to 5.10pm.