Bus Service 14, which currently travels between Bedok and Clementi, is one of three bus services providing connections from various educational institutions along Dover Road such as Fairfield Methodist Primary School, Fairfield Methodist Secondary School, Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC), Anglo-Chinese School (ACS) Independent and Singapore Polytechnic (SP) to Dover and Clementi MRT stations. Its current route along Dover Road and Dover Avenue can be traced back to 25 years ago in 1993, when it was extended from Bukit Merah to Clementi after being integrated with former SBS Bus Service 92 (not to be confused with the current SBS Transit Bus Service 92 between Ghim Moh and Singapore Science Park I), which operated between Clementi and Paya Lebar Air Base. Many signatories of a petition, Revert route change for SBS Bus Service 14, have complained about the removal of this direct bus connection.
To enhance connectivity to Buona Vista MRT Station, Bus Service 14 will be amended to ply North Buona Vista Road and Commonwealth Avenue West, skipping its existing sector along Dover Road and Dover Avenue. No other bus service has been introduced or amended to replace the lost sector of Bus Service 14, and commuters are asked to take Bus Services 33, 74, 166 or 196 as direct alternatives, or to connect to Bus Service 14 following the route amendment.
It is understood that many people, particularly students, depend on Bus Service 14 as a direct bus between the various educational institutions and residential blocks along Dover Road and the MRT stations of Dover and Clementi. With the route amendment starting from 9 September, affected passengers along Dover Road travelling towards Dover or Clementi MRT stations will have to choose between walking to North Buona Vista Road to take the amended Bus Service 14, or rely on Bus 33, 74, 166 and 196.
The additional hassle of transferring to another bus is unjustified if a large proportion of Bus 14’s commuters depend on it as just 1 of 2 direct and quick buses between Dover Road and Clementi. Bus 166, which currently plies the same route as Bus 14 from Dover Road to Clementi, might be overcrowded by displaced passengers. Bus 166 already receives high ridership levels during peak hours, but overcrowding can be offset by deploying more double-decker buses. Bus 196 also connects Dover Road with Clementi Town Centre, but takes a slightly longer route via Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) and Clementi Avenue 6.
Previously, amendment of a bus service was successfully averted by discontented residents – SMRT Bus Service 300, which was originally planned to split into a bi-directional service, 300G and 300W. Residents affected the route change took their concerns to their Member of Parliament, who, in turn, prevented the route change.
However, a similar controversy over the amendment of a bus service in 2016 failed to be overturned by dissatisfied commuters – SBS Transit Bus Service 76, which was previously a loop service between Yio Chu Kang and Marine Terrace, was shortened to Eunos Bus Interchange as planned. To justify the route amendment, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) introduced 2 new bus services under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) – 134 and 150 – to replace the deleted sector of Bus Service 76. Read more about this controversial route amendment in Controversy over Bus 76 Route Amendment.
The petition to revert Bus Service 14’s amended route is still open. To date, it has garnered more than 2,400 signatures from discontented residents and students, close to its target of achieving 2,500 signatures. You may find the petition at this link to support the cause.
In response to an enquiry from Channel NewsAsia, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) mentioned that the route amendment would benefit residents at new HDB developments in the area, namely Ghim Moh Edge and Ghim Moh Valley, who currently do not have a direct link to Buona Vista MRT station. In addition, bus ticketing data showed that the number of commuters affected by the skipping of bus stops along Dover Avenue and Dover Road is small.
The reply also advised commuters to consider other bus services as direct alternatives to Clementi MRT station, Dover MRT station, Alexandra Road and Jalan Bukit Merah. For further destinations, alternative bus services can connect to the amended Service 14 further down the route.
In addition, the route amendment poster for Service 14 was updated to further highlight the use of alternative bus services for commuters along Dover Road and Dover Avenue.
- SBS Transit Bus Service 14
- Amendment of Service 14 to serve Buona Vista MRT Station
- SBS Transit Bus Service 76
- SBS Transit Bus Service 134
- SBS Transit Bus Service 150