Tanah Merah—Changi Airport Shuttle Bus Service (Shuttle 8)

Shuttle 8, also known as the Tanah Merah—Changi Airport Shuttle Bus Service, is a Rail Replacement Service plying between Tanah Merah and Changi Airport, serving three East West Line (EWL) stations.

The route will be activated to operate on selected Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in January 2018, when shortened operating hours are implemented across sections of the EWL to facilitate more time for track maintenance and renewal work.


The Shuttle Bus Service serves the following MRT Stations:

Route:

Shuttle 8: Tanah Merah—Changi Airport Shuttle Bus Service
Direction 1 – Towards Changi Airport
Direction 2 – Towards Tanah Merah
  • New Upp Changi Rd
    – Tanah Merah Stn Exit B EW4CG
  • Changi South Ave 1
    – Expo Stn Exit E CG1DT35
  • T3 Departure Drive
    – Changi Airport Terminal 3 Departure Hall Gate 8 CG2
  • T3 Departure Drive
    – Changi Airport Terminal 3 Departure Hall Gate 8 CG2
  • Changi South Ave 1
    – Expo Stn Exit B CG1DT35
  • New Upp Changi Rd
    – Pick Up & Drop Off Point before Tanah Merah Stn Exit A EW4CG
Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Tanah Merah MRT ↔ Changi Airport Terminal 3 (Changi Airport MRT)
Passes Through Expo MRT Station
Travelling Time 23 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Not Applicable
Operator Tower Transit and Go-Ahead Singapore
(Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd & Go Ahead Loyang Pte Ltd)
Current Fleet 12-metre Single Deck Buses
Mercedes-Benz Citaro
Departure Times from Tanah Merah
11.16pm — 12.56am (Early Closure on Affected Fridays & Saturdays)
5.20am — 8.07am (Late Opening on Affected Saturdays)
5.47am — 8.07am (Late Opening on Affected Sundays)
5.47am — 12.56am (Full Line Closure on Affected Sundays)
Departure Times from Changi Airport
11.04pm — 12.16am (Early Closure on Affected Fridays & Saturdays)
5.31am — 8.19am (Late Opening on Affected Saturdays)
5.59am — 8.19am (Late Opening on Affected Sundays)
5.59am — 12.16am (Full Line Closure on Affected Sundays)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
Peak Hours: 03 – 05 mins
Off Peak Hours: 05 – 10 mins
Peak Hours: 03 – 05 mins
Off Peak Hours: 05 – 10 mins

The Shuttle Bus Service will only operate on affected days in January 2018. These Days are: 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28 January 2018

  • On days of Early Closure (5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27 Jan), buses will operate from the start time of the early closure till the stipulated last bus timings.
  • On days of Late Opening (6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 27 Jan), buses will operate from the stipulated first bus timings till the start time of normal train operations.
  • The Shuttle Buses will operate for the entire day on Full Closure days (21 & 28 January).

This Shuttle Service was reflected as Bus Service 489 on the Bus Ticketing System.

Shuttle Bus Departure Timings from Stations

 


Shuttle Bus Transfer


History of Activation

Early 2017 (Click to expand)
April 2017:

To facilitate track maintenance and renewal work at railway junctions as part of ongoing efforts to renew the North-South and East-West Lines, train service ended earlier on 28 April 2017. Shuttle Bus Services between Tanah Merah – Changi Airport (via Expo) and Tanah Merah – Changi Airport (Express) were activated.

May 2017:

The 5 May 2017 early closure for Tanah Merah – Changi Airport was lifted as works were able to be completed without necessitating a second early closure. The Shuttle Service was not activated as originally planned due to the second early closure being lifted as works were able to be completed without necessitating a second early closure.

January 2018:

To speed up implementation of the new CBTC signalling system, shortened operating hours on the East West Line between AljuniedPasir Ris, as well as reduced train frequencies on the North South Line between Orchard—Marina South Pier, were implemented across various Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in January 2018. A total of 11 EWL stations were affected by the reduced train operating hours.

Shuttle 8 is a Rail Replacement Service plying parallel to the East West Line (Changi Airport Branch Line) between Tanah Merah—Changi Airport, serving all en-route stations by calling at nearby bus stops. The last bus from Changi Airport connects to the last Shuttle 7 at Tanah Merah, in both Eastbound and Westbound directions.

Other Rail Replacement Services

The route is one of four Shuttle Bus Services operating during periods of planned closure in January 2018, the other routes being:

Bus Fares:

Charges regular distance fare based on the distance between MRT Stations by rail. Train, bus and hybrid concession passes are accepted, and distance fare rules apply.

Category Card Fares Cash Fares Concession Passes
Adult / Workfare Transport Concession Card holders Follows MRT Fare structure $1.00 Train, bus and hybrid concession passes accepted
Senior Citizen / Persons with Disabilities Card holders $0.50
Student Concession Card holders $0.50

History:
  • 2017 (15 Dec): Route announced by SMRT Corporation between Expo and Changi Airport
  • 2017 (29 Dec): Route extended to Tanah Merah
  • 2018 (04 Jan): Drop off point at Tanah Merah amended to Pick Up & Drop Off Point before BS 85099 from Bus Stop 85099 Tanah Merah Stn Exit A
  • 2018 (05 Jan): Launched as a Shuttle Bus Service between Tanah Merah and Changi Airport, operating during periods of MRT closure

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2 thoughts on “Tanah Merah—Changi Airport Shuttle Bus Service (Shuttle 8)

  • 28 December 2017 at 3:32 PM
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    Tanah Merah to Expo leh? Must expect the general public who don’t know a thing about buses to either take the long way transfer via DTL3, or take buses 12 / 24 / 35 / 38 / 47 and then brave the unsheltered path all the way to the atrium? Or even direct them to Simei to board bus 20? Ridiculous oversight.

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  • 17 December 2017 at 2:45 PM
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    If shuttle 8 goes from changi airport to expo how will passenger go tanah merah to change to shuttle 7.do they need to take the downtown line to tampines or what.

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