EWL Rail Replacement Services (Apr & May 2017)

Temporary rail replacement services between Lakeside – Joo Koon and Tanah Merah – Changi Airport operated across 3 Friday nights in April 2017 to facilitate early closures. The shuttle services operated on 14 April 2017 & 21 April 2017 for Lakeside – Joo Koon, as well as 28 April 2017 for Tanah Merah – Changi Airport.

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 rail replacement service operates in lieu of the early closure of East-West Line stations to facilitate track maintenance and renewal work at railway junctions as part of ongoing efforts to renew the North-South and East-West Lines (NSEWL).

Operating hours of Bus Services 181, 240, 241 and 243G were also extended till 0100hrs (early morning of 15 & 22 April 2017) as a result of the early closure of the affected MRT Stations.


The affected East-West Line MRT Stations were:

14 April 2017 & 21 April 2017

28 April 2017

The last train timings at the affected MRT Stations are as listed below:

Station Towards Normal Last Train Timings (hrs) Revised Last Train Timing (hrs) on 14 April 2017 Revised Last Train Timing (hrs) on 21 April 2017 Revised Last Train Timing (hrs) on 28 April 2017
EW26  Lakeside  Pasir Ris 2340  Not Affected  Not Affected Not Affected
Joo Koon 0029 2300 2302
EW27  Boon Lay Pasir Ris 2338 2317 2317 Not Affected
Joo Koon 0032 2303 2305
EW28  Pioneer Pasir Ris 2336 2315 2315 Not Affected
Joo Koon 0034 2305 2307
EW29  Joo Koon Pasir Ris 2332 2312 2312 Not Affected
EW4  Tanah Merah  Pasir Ris 0031 Not Affected Not Affected Not Affected
Joo Koon 2331
Changi Airport 2350 2303
CG1  Expo Tanah Merah 0011 Not Affected Not Affected 2323
Changi Airport 2354 2306
CG2  Changi Airport Tanah Merah 0006 Not Affected Not Affected 2318

Additional information on the last through (Pasir Ris to Joo Koon) westbound train timings at non-affected stations as well as last Changi Airport-bound train connecting times can be found at SMRT’s Press Release (Annexe A, See below).  


Bus Parallel Services

Lakeside – Joo Koon (Click to expand)

Operating Days: 14 April 2017 & 21 April 2017

Lakeside – Joo Koon Bus Parallel Service
Direction 1 – Towards Joo Koon
Direction 2 – Towards Lakeside
  • Boon Lay Way
    – Lakeside Stn  EW26
    – Opp Boon Lay Stn  EW27
  • Jurong West St 63
    – Pioneer Stn Exit A  EW28
  • Joo Koon Circle
    – Joo Koon Stn Exit A  EW29
  • Joo Koon Circle
    – Joo Koon Stn Exit B  EW29
  • Jurong West St 63
    – Pioneer Stn Exit B  EW28
  • Boon Lay Way
    – Boon Lay Stn  EW27
    Opp Lakeside Stn  EW26

Departure Times:

Lakeside - Joo Koon Parallel Bus Service Route Poster
Lakeside – Joo Koon Parallel Bus Service Route Poster (Click to enlarge)
Station Towards Joo Koon Towards Lakeside
First Bus Last Bus First Bus Last Bus
EW26  Lakeside  2305 0030 2328
(Arrive)
0005
(Arrive)
EW27  Boon Lay 2308 0040 2318 2355
EW28  Pioneer 2316 0050 2315 2345
EW29  Joo Koon 2330
(Arrive)
0105
(Arrive)
2315 2330

Buses calling at all stations will operate at a frequency of 5 minutes.

In addition, express services between Lakeside and Boon Lay station will operate at 3-minute intervals.

Special Departures:

  • Boon Lay Way (Lakeside Stn) β†’ Boon Lay Way (Opp Boon Lay Stn)
    2303hrs – 0030hrs | 3 min frequency
  • Boon Lay Way (Boon Lay Stn) β†’ Boon Lay Way (Opp Lakeside Stn)
    2318hrs – 2355hrs | 3 min frequency

Fares:

  • EZ-Link Card:
    Commensurate with the train distance travelled
    Train, bus and hybrid concession passes will be accepted, and distance fare rules will apply.
  • Cash:
    $1.00 flat fare for Adults
    $0.50 flat fare for Students, Senior Citizens & Persons With Disabilities

SMRT Buses deployed its own buses on the Lakeside – Joo Koon Parallel Bus Service, while SBS Transit assisted with the Lakeside – Boon Lay special departures. Buses were operating to a pre-planned schedule programmed into the Trapeze CFMS, with Service 601 for the Lakeside – Joo Koon route, and Service 602 for the Lakeside – Boon Lay route. 

SMRT Buses deployed articulated and double deck buses on the long route serving all stations, while SBS Transit deployed only double deck buses on its shorter route.

Service 600 was previously used for the Joo Koon – Bukit Gombak Parallel Bus Service.


Tanah Merah - Changi Airport (Click to expand)

Operating Days: 28 April 2017

Tanah Merah β€“ Changi Airport Bus Parallel Service
Direction 1 – Towards Changi Airport
Direction 2 – Towards Tanah Merah
  • New Upp Changi Rd
    – Tanah Merah Stn Exit B  EW4
  • Changi South Ave 1
    – Yusen Logistics  CG1
  • PTB3 Basement
    – Changi Airport Terminal 3  CG2
  • PTB3 Basement
    – Changi Airport Terminal 3  CG2
  • Changi South Ave 1
    – Opp Yusen Logistics  CG1
  • New Upp Changi Rd
    – Tanah Merah Stn Exit A  EW4

Departure Times:

Station Towards Changi Airport Towards Tanah Merah
First Bus Last Bus First Bus Last Bus
 EW4  Tanah Merah  2308 2350   2340
(Arrive)
0038
(Arrive)
 CG1  Expo 2311 0002  2328  0026
 CG2  Changi Airport 2323
(Arrive)
0026
(Arrive) 
2320 0010

Buses calling at all stations will operate at a frequency of 18 minutes.

In addition, express services between Changi Airport and Tanah Merah stations will operate at 6-minute intervals.

Special Departures:

  • New Upp Changi Rd (Tanah Merah Stn Exit B) β†’ PTB3 Basement (Changi Airport Terminal 3) [Skips Expo MRT Station]
    2308hrs – 2350hrs | 6 min frequency
  • PTB3 Basement (Changi Airport Terminal 3) β†’ New Upp Changi Rd (Tanah Merah Stn Exit A) [Skips Expo MRT Station]
    2320hrs – 0010hrs | 6 min frequency

Fares:

  • EZ-Link Card:
    Commensurate with the train distance travelled
    Train, bus and hybrid concession passes will be accepted, and distance fare rules will apply.
  • Cash:
    $1.00 flat fare for Adults
    $0.50 flat fare for Students, Senior Citizens & Persons With Disabilities

SMRT Buses deployed its own buses on both the Tanah Merah – Changi Airport (via Expo) Parallel Bus Service and the Tanah Merah – Changi Airport (Direct; Skips Expo) Parallel Bus Service. Unlike the Lakeside –  Joo Koon Parallel Bus Service, drivers are not required to login to the Trapeze CFMS.

Both articulated buses and rigid were deployed on the direct route, while rigid buses plied the route via Expo.

Service 603 is allocated for the Tanah Merah – Changi Airport via Expo route while Service 604 for the Tanah Merah – Changi Airport direct route.


Extension of Bus Operating Hours

SBS Transit extended the operating hours of Services 181, 240, 241 and 243G on Fridays, 14 and 21 April 2017, as the MRT stations between Lakeside and Joo Koon closed earlier. The four bus services operated until 1.00am from the Boon Lay Bus Interchange on these two evenings.

Bus Service Route Normal Last Bus Timings
from Boon Lay
Extended Last Bus Timings on 14 & 21 April 2017
(Early morning of 15 & 22 April 2017)
181 Boon Lay β†Ί Jurong West Avenue 3 0040hrs 0100hrs
240 Boon Lay β†Ί Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim 0040hrs 0100hrs
241 Boon Lay β†Ί Jurong West Street 91 0040hrs 0100hrs
243G Boon Lay β†Ί Jurong West Avenue 5 0040hrs 0100hrs

Lifting of Early Closure on 05 May 2017 for Tanah Merah – Changi Airport

On 04 May 2017, SMRT posted on their Official Facebook Page as well as their Twitter account that train service between Tanah Merah and Changi Airport will no longer close at 11pm on 05 May 2017 as planned. This is due to the required maintenance works being completed without necessitating a second early closure.

As a result, the Parallel Bus Service between Tanah Merah & Changi Airport (Direct / via Expo) will not operate on the night of 05 May 2017.


Gallery (Tanah Merah – Changi Airport):

Buses:
On the Ground:

Gallery (Lakeside – Joo Koon):

Buses:
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Gallery (Past Bridging Buses):


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One thought on “EWL Rail Replacement Services (Apr & May 2017)

  • 11 April 2017 at 9:14 PM
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    OK. That’s better than I thought – I thought it would have been five working days.

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