From Sunday, 9 April 2017, SBS Transit Bus Services 25, 55 & 155 will be extended to enhance connectivity for various groups of commuters. Bus Services 25 will be extended from Bedok to Upper East Coast, while Services 55 & 155 will be extended from their looping points at Siglap Road, to Upper East Coast and Bedok respectively.
As a result, the route will no longer call at Bedok Interchange, but serves the pair of bus stops outside Bedok MRT Station along New Upp Changi Road.
Additional special departures for Bus Service 25 starting at 0515hrs on Weekdays & Saturdays as well as at 0530hrs on Sundays & Public Holidays will be added from Bedok Stn Exit A, New Upp Changi Rd (Bus Stop 84039) towards Ang Mo Kio.
Bus Service 55 will be extended to Upper East Coast Bus Terminal, via Marine Parade Road, Bedok South Avenue 1 and Upper East Coast Road.
Shortworking Trip 55A will be withdrawn following the extension of operating hours for Service 55 from Bishan. Previously 0530-2253 on Weekdays, 0530-2249 on Saturdays and 0545-2246 on Sundays/Public Holidays, operating hours are extended to 0530hrs-2345hrs on Weekdays & Saturdays and 0545hrs-2345hrs on Sundays/Public Holidays following the route extension.
Daily Special Departures of Service 55 from Siglap Road (Opp Mandarin Gardens) to Bishan will be withdrawn, as they are covered by the first bus from Upper East Coast Terminal, departing at 0520hrs onwards on Weekdays & Saturdays and 0530hrs onwards on Sundays & Public Holidays.
Bus Service 155 will be extended to Bedok Bus Interchange, via Marine Parade Road, Bedok South Avenue 1, New Upper Changi Road, Bedok North Avenue 3 and Bedok North Street 1.
Shortworking Trip 155A will be withdrawn following the extension of operating hours for Service 155 from Toa Payoh. Previously 0600-2246 on Weekdays, 0600-2251 on Saturdays and 0600-2256 on Sundays/Public Holidays, operating hours are extended to 0600-2400 Daily following the route extension.
Daily Special Departures of Service 155 from Siglap Road (Opp Mandarin Gardens) to Toa Payoh will be withdrawn, as they are covered by the first bus from Bedok Bus Interchange, departing at 0540hrs daily.
Daily Special Departures in the mornings from Merpati Rd (Aft Jln Anggrek) towards Toa Payoh via Siglap Road will also be amended to terminate at Bedok via the extended route.
Upper East Coast Bus Terminal Expansion
In 2016, work was carried out to expand the existing Upper East Coast Terminal, adding 15 parking spaces for a current total of 27 parking lots. The new parking lots opened in January 2017, enabling Upper East Coast Bus Terminal to accommodate more bus services since then. Bus Services 25 & 55 are likely to utilise the new parking area at the terminal. More new or amended bus services are also expected to utilise these lots in the near future.
More photos on Upper East Coast Bus Terminal at our dedicated article here.
Marine Parade Bus Service Reorganisation
Recently, Marine Parade has seen some modification of the Bus Services plying the area.
In 2011, Bus Service 76 was amended to loop at Marine Terrace instead of Siglap Road to enhance connectivity for Marine Crescent and Marine Terrace residents. To improve service reliability on the long 37.6km route from Yio Chu Kang down to Marine Terrace and back, Bus Service 76 was amended to terminate at Eunos in March 2016. The service distance was reduced significantly to 14.9km and 15.8km in each direction between Yio Chu Kang and Eunos. This meant shorter trip durations for Bus Captains as well.
To replace the lost sector of Bus Service 76 between Paya Lebar and Marine Terrace, Bus Service 134 was introduced as a loop service from Sims Place to Marine Terrace. Moreover, Bus Service 150 was launched under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) to provide connectivity for Marine Terrace and Telok Kurau residents to Eunos MRT Station.
With the extensions of Bus Services 55 & 155 from looping at Siglap Road to terminating at Upper East Coast and Bedok respectively in April 2017, the service reliability will be improved with better regulation.
This leaves the following bus services that loop around the Marine Parade area:
- Bus Service 15 looping at Marine Parade Road
- Bus Service 135 looping at Siglap Road
- Bus Service 966 looping at Marine Parade Road
Future amendments to bus routes in the Marine Parade area could possibly involve extensions of the above bus services to a proper Bus Interchange or Bus Terminal.
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