Temporary rail replacement services (DTL Shuttle Service) between Bukit Panjang – Chinatown will be operating across Sunday mornings from 14 May 2017 to 27 August 2017 to facilitate later Downtown Line train service commencement times.
Train services on the Downtown Line will start at 0550hrs on the Hari Raya Puasa weekend (25 June 2017) as per normal Sunday operating hours.
The rail replacement service operates in lieu of the later opening of Downtown Line (DTL) stations to facilitate more time for testing of the entire DTL as an integrated line in preparation for the opening of DTL Stage 3 from Fort Canning to Expo by end-2017.
On 28 May 2017, DTL Shuttle Buses will not stop at Bus Stops 03041: Cross Street – Telok Ayer Stn Exit A & 05319: Church Street – OCBC Ctr for Telok Ayer Station due to road closure for Car Free Sunday.
As such, Downtown Line train services will commence operations at 0731hrs on the following Sundays:
|May||14, 21 & 28||July||2, 9, 16, 23 & 30|
|June||4, 11 & 18||August||6, 13, 20 & 27|
Downtown Line Train Service will operate under regular Sunday operating hours on the Hari Raya Puasa weekend on 25 June 2017.
The affected Downtown Line stations are:
- DT1BP6 Bukit Panjang
- DT2 Cashew
- DT3 Hillview
- DT5 Beauty World
- DT6 King Albert Park
- DT7 Sixth Avenue
- DT8 Tan Kah Kee
- DT9CC19 Botanic Gardens
- DT10 Stevens
- DT11NS21 Newton
- DT12NE7 Little India
- DT13 Rochor
- DT14EW12 Bugis
- DT15CC4 Promenade
- DT16CE1 Bayfront
- DT17 Downtown
- DT18 Telok Ayer
- DT19NE4 Chinatown
The first train timings at the affected MRT Stations on affected Sundays are listed below:
Revised First Train Timings on Affected Sundays (Click to Expand)
|Station||Towards Chinatown||Towards Bukit Panjang|
|Regular Sundays||Affected Sundays||Regular Sundays||Affected Sundays|
|DT1BP6 Bukit Panjang||0550||0731||0636
|DT5 Beauty World||0557||0734||0630||0731|
|DT6 King Albert Park||0559||0731||0627||0734|
|DT7 Sixth Avenue||0602||0733||0625||0731|
|DT8 Tan Kah Kee||0604||0735||0623||0734|
|DT9CC19 Botanic Gardens||0606||0733||0621||0732|
|DT12NE7 Little India||0613||0735||0630||0735|
|DT18 Telok Ayer||0626||0732||0629||0733|
Alternative Travel Arrangements
Regular Bus Services
Affected commuters can use existing regular public bus services, such as 66, 67, 75, 170/170A, 171, 190, 700A, 960, 961, 970 and 972 to travel between the Downtown Line corridor and the City area. They can also use these bus services to transfer to the other rail lines to continue their travel on the rail network.
|Bus Service||Downtown Line Stations Served|
|66||Beauty World, King Albert Park, Sixth Avenue, Tan Kah Kee, Botanic Gardens, Stevens, Newton, Little India|
|67||Bukit Panjang, Cashew, Hillview, Beauty World, King Albert Park, Sixth Avenue, Tan Kah Kee, Botanic Gardens, Stevens, Newton, Little India|
|75||Bukit Panjang, Cashew, Hillview, Beauty World|
|133||Bugis, Promenade, Bayfront, Downtown|
|170 / 170A||Bukit Panjang, Cashew, Hillview, Beauty World, King Albert Park, Sixth Avenue, Tan Kah Kee, Botanic Gardens, Stevens, Newton, Little India, Rochor|
|171||Bukit Panjang, Cashew, Hillview, Beauty World, King Albert Park, Sixth Avenue, Tan Kah Kee, Botanic Gardens, Stevens, Newton|
|190||Bukit Panjang, Stevens, Chinatown|
|700A||Bukit Panjang, Stevens, Newton, Promenade|
|960||Bukit Panjang, Stevens, Newton, Little India, Rochor, Bugis|
|961#||Bukit Panjang, Cashew, Hillview, Beauty World, King Albert Park, Sixth Avenue, Tan Kah Kee, Chinatown, Promenade|
|970||Bukit Panjang, Cashew, Hillview, Beauty World, King Albert Park, Chinatown|
|972||Bukit Panjang, Stevens|
DTL Parallel Bus Service
A shuttle bus service that runs parallel to the DTL1 and DTL2 alignment and stops at each of the 18 DTL1 and DTL2 stations will also be provided.
This service is reflected as “Bus Service 609” under the Trapeze Common Fleet Management System.
|Bukit Panjang – Chinatown Bus Parallel Service|
|Direction 1 – Towards Chinatown
||Direction 2 – Towards Bukit Panjang
- Layover for DTL Shuttle Service buses are at Bukit Batok Road and New Bridge Road Terminal for Southbound and Northbound buses respectively.
- On 28 May 2017, DTL Shuttle Buses will not stop at Bus Stop 03041: Cross Street – Telok Ayer Stn Exit A & Bus Stop 05319: Church Street – OCBC Ctr for Telok Ayer Station
Operating Hours & Frequency:
|Direction||Scheduled Run Time||Operating Hours||Frequency
|Towards Chinatown:||76 mins||5:30am – 7:30am||10 min||6 min|
|Towards Bukit Panjang:||69 mins||6:28am – 7.30am||9 min||9 min|
Advisory on excessive Shuttle Bus Service run time:
Due to the excessive run time scheduled between stops, Bus Captains of the shuttle service may drive at a very slow speed. Commuters are advised to plan for the extra journey time.
The running times scheduled for the shuttle service which only calls at Downtown Line MRT Stations is more than that of a regular bus service running the same route as the shuttle service and calling at all intermediate stops.
Charges regular distance fare based on the distance between MRT Stations by rail. Train, bus and hybrid concession passes will be accepted, and distance fare rules will apply.
|Category||Card Fares||Cash Fares||Concession Passes|
|Adult / Workfare Transport Concession Card holders||Follows DTL Fare structure||$1.50||Train, bus and hybrid concession passes accepted|
|Senior Citizen / Persons with Disabilities Card holders||$1.00|
|Student Concession Card holders||$0.50|
Downtown Line Bus Bridging – 2017 (Buses)
Downtown Line Bus Bridging – Dec 2013
- Joo Koon – Bukit Gombak Rail Replacement Service (Jun – Oct 2016)
- Lakeside – Joo Koon Rail Replacement Service (Apr 2017)
- Tanah Merah – Changi Airport Rail Replacement Service (Apr & May 2017)
External Links & References:
- Train Services on Downtown Line to start later at 7.30am on Sundays to facilitate systems integration testing – LTA
- DTL Late Opening – LTA