Home Briefs: New bus service in East Coast

New bus service in East Coast

A new bus service will be rolled out on June 12 to serve residents in Tampines, Bedok and Upper East Coast. Service 46 is the latest route launched under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).

Operator SBS Transit said yesterday that the route of Service 26 will be amended on June 12 as well. It will serve Chai Chee Drive and Chai Chee Street, skipping existing bus stops along New Upper Changi Road.

Service 46 will provide a direct link between Upper East Coast and Tampines via Bedok South Avenue 3, Bedok North Road and Tampines Avenue 3.

It will operate daily from 6am to 11.30pm from Upper East Coast Bus Terminal and between 6am and 11.45pm from Tampines Bus Interchange.

System glitch holds up SIA flight

A Singapore Airlines flight from Singapore to Shanghai was delayed for four hours yesterday due to a technical problem.

Flight SQ830, an Airbus 380-800, was due to depart Changi Airport at 9.45am but left at 1.46pm. The 327 passengers and crew on board took a different aircraft to their destination.

Mr Lee Beng Hai told The Straits Times that at 1.30pm they were still waiting for the plane to depart. Passengers were told to disembark and wait for another plane, he said in an e-mail.

A spokesman for SIA said the plane experienced a technical issue with the landing gear system while it was on the ground. The aircraft returned to the gate twice for engineering checks. A replacement aircraft was deployed after that.

Expect delays at land checkpoints

Traffic is expected to be particularly heavy at both the Woodlands and Tuas land checkpoints between Singapore and Malaysia over the mid-year school holidays, said the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

The school holidays start tomorrow and end on June 26.

The ICA said travellers using the land checkpoints can expect delays. It reminded the public that the BioScreen system has been implemented at the passenger halls of the land checkpoints to capture the thumbprints of visitors. Traffic build-up is inevitable with security checks in place, the ICA added.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 27, 2016, with the headline 'Home Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe