The Joo Koon – Bukit Gombak Parallel Bus Service (PBS) is a rail replacement service plying between Joo Koon and Bukit Gombak via Jurong East.
The route was last activated to operate on Sunday mornings from 05 June 2016 to 30 October 2016, when the first train timings for 13 North South & East West Line stations were pushed back to 7:00 am to facilitate more time for track maintenance and renewal work.
The Bus Parallel Service served the following MRT Stations:
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|Joo Koon – Bukit Gombak Bus Parallel Service|
|Direction 1 – Towards Bukit Gombak
||Direction 2 – Towards Joo Koon
|Route||Joo Koon Circle ↔ Bukit Gombak West Avenue 5|
|Passes Through||Pioneer MRT, Boon Lay MRT, Lakeside MRT, Chinese Garden MRT, Jurong East MRT, Bukit Batok MRT|
|Travelling Time||Around 35 minutes|
|Fares||“Commensurate with the train distance travelled”
Train, bus and hybrid concession passes will be accepted, and distance fare rules will apply.
|Current Operator||SMRT Buses|
|Current Fleet||Any SMRT Bus|
0530hrs – 0700hrs from Joo Koon and Bukit Gombak
||First Bus: Departs Joo Koon, Bukit Gombak at 0530hrs
+ Intermediate trips from Boon Lay, Jurong East & Bukit Batok in both directions, at 0530hrs (Total: 8 buses)
Last Bus: Departs Joo Koon, Bukit Gombak at 0700hrs (Total: 2 buses)
|Frequency||10 mins, subject to crowds and traffic conditions|
History of Activation
To speed up track renewal and maintenance works, train services between Joo Koon and Queenstown on the East West Line, and between Jurong East and Bukit Gombak on the North South Line, commenced at 7:00am on Sundays from 5 June 2016 to 30 October 2016.
A total of 13 NSL and EWL stations were affected by the delayed train service start times. Northbound services from Bukit Gombak and Eastbound services from Queenstown were not affected. Circle Line services from Buona Vista were also not affected.
Affected stations were:
As such, the Parallel Bus Service was a rail replacement service serving commuters along the Joo Koon – Jurong East and Jurong East – Bukit Gombak stretch on Sunday mornings. Commuters are advised to locate alternative travel options between Jurong East and Queenstown which already have regular bus services operating parallel to the East-West Line.
- First train timings on Sundays for each of the 13 affected MRT stations can be found here.
- A list of regular bus services available near the 13 affected MRT stations can be found here.
The closures (and accompanying replacement bus service) were initially planned to be operational only until 11 December 2016. However, as works were completed ahead of schedule, no further closures were planned after 6 Nov 2017, making 30 Oct 2016 the last day of bus operations.
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.
- 05 Jun 2016 – 30 Oct 2016: SMRT Buses Ltd
- 2016 (05 Jun): Launched as a temporary Parallel Bus Service between Joo Koon and Bukit Gombak, only running on Sunday mornings. Scheduled for withdrawal on 18 Dec 2016, with the completion of rail-related works at affected stations.
- 2016 (24 Oct): Normal train service announced to resume from 06 Nov 2016. Last day of operations to be on 30 Oct 2016.
- 2016 (30 Oct): Last day of operations; service discontinued.