Shuttle 8: Tanah Merah—Changi Airport Shuttle Bus Service

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 12 March, 14 March, as well as Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in March & April 2018, when shortened operating hours are implemented on the East West Line 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 25 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Not Applicable
Operator Aedge Holdings Pte Ltd
Rui Feng Chartered Pte Ltd
Go-Ahead Singapore (Go Ahead Loyang Pte Ltd)
Current Fleet Private Buses
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Departure Times from Tanah Merah
11.43pm – 1.24am (Early Closure on Affected Fridays & Saturdays)
5.25am – 8.07am (Late Opening on Affected Saturdays)
5.51am – 8.07am (Late Opening on Affected Sundays)
11.09pm – 1.24am (Extended Early Closure on 12 & 14 March)
Departure Times from Changi Airport
11.11pm – 12.16am (Early Closure on Affected Fridays & Saturdays)
5.36am – 8.19am (Late Opening on Affected Saturdays)
6.04am – 8.19am (Late Opening on Affected Sundays)
10.47pm – 12.16am (Extended Early Closure on 12 & 14 March)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
4 – 10 mins 4 – 10 mins

The Shuttle Bus Service will only operate on affected days in March & April.

These Days are as follows:

  • 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30 & 31 March
  • 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29 April

 

  • On days of Extended Early Closure (12 & 14 March),
    buses will operate from the start time of the extended early closure till the stipulated last bus timings below.
  • On days of Early Closure (2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 & 31 March, 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28 April)
    buses will operate from the start time of the early closure till the stipulated last bus timings below.
  • On days of Late Opening (3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 & 31 March, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29 April),
    buses will operate from the stipulated first bus timings below till the start time of normal train operations.

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

Shuttle Bus Departure Timings from Stations

Shuttle 8 (Tanah Merah – Changi Airport) Departure Timings from Stations

Shuttle Bus Transfer at Tanah Merah
  • Shuttle 7: Paya Lebar – Pasir Ris
    Towards Pasir Ris –
    Bus Stop 85091: Tanah Merah Stn Exit B, New Upp Changi Rd
    Towards Paya Lebar –
    Bus Stop 85099: Tanah Merah Stn Exit A, New Upp Changi Rd
Shuttle Bus Transfer at Changi Airport

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.

Early 2018:
January & February 2018: (Click to expand)
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.

February 2018:

Extended to operate on 2, 3 & 4 February due to additional days of shortened operating hours on the East West Line.

March & April 2018:

To speed up implementation of the new CBTC signalling system, shortened operating hours were implemented on the East West Line between Pasir RisTuas Link, and Tanah MerahChangi Airport, across various Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on March & April 2018 and additionally, Extended Early Closures on 12 & 14 March.

A total of 35 East West Line stations were affected by the early train service end times and delayed train service start times. Other train lines such as the North South Line are not affected.

The route is one of ten Rail Replacement Services during the period of closure. Bus stops served are similar to those served by the regular EWL Bridging Bus, with some changes.


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
Adult / Workfare Transport Concession Card holders Follows MRT Fare structure $1.00
Senior Citizen / Persons with Disabilities Card holders $0.50
Student Concession Card holders $0.50
Other Rail Replacement Services

The route is one of ten Shuttle Bus Services operating during periods of planned closure in March & April 2018, the other routes being:

Private Bus Operators (March 2018 onwards)

For the first time, Private Bus Operators (PBOs) were roped in to assist with the Shuttle Bus Services. Shuttle 8 was served by coach buses from Aedge Holdings Pte Ltd and Rui Feng Chartered Pte Ltd. These companies were contracted by the LTA for City Direct services and had buses fitted with revenue service equipment.


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
  • 2018 (19 Jan): Extended to operate on 2, 3 & 4 February due to additional days of shortened operating hours on the East West Line
  • 2018 (02 Mar): Start of operations for March 2018 MRT Early Closure, Late Opening with revised operating details. Operated by Private Buses
  • 2018 (22 Mar): Extended operating days to Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in April 2018. Frequency reduced to 4 – 10 mins from 3 – 5 mins

Gallery

Page 2: More Photos
Page 3: Shuttle 8 (Jan 2018) Route Information

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

  • 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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