Thomson-East Coast Line Rail Bridging Service

The Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) Rail Bridging Service (or TEL Free Shuttle Bus Service / TEL Bridging Bus) is an emergency bus service which is provided in the event of a Train Service Disruption involving the Thomson-East Coast Line, which is operated by SMRT Trains.

When a section of the Thomson-East Coast Line is suspended, this service may be activated to ferry affected commuters between affected stations, hence minimizing the impact of rail disruptions on commuters. This service may also be activated should there be a significant addition of expected travelling time along the TEL.

When the TEL free bridging bus service is activated along a specific stretch of the TEL, information will be disseminated through SMRT and the Land Transport Authority (LTA)’s media platforms. The service will only stop at specific bus boarding points (either at bus stops or bus interchanges) which are marked out in the ticket concourse of every station.

This service is offered for free, in addition to free bus boarding of regular bus services during a disruption.

Route Map:


W’lands Nth Stn TE1
Woodlands North Coast Road
W’lands Stn Exit 5 NS9TE2
Woodlands Avenue 2
W’lands Sth Stn Exit 2 TE3
Woodlands Avenue 1
Springleaf Stn Exit 2 TE4
Upper Thomson Road
Bef Lentor Stn Exit 5 TE5
Yio Chu Kang Road
Bef Mayflower Stn Exit 3 TE6
Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4
Bright Hill Stn Exit 2 TE7
Sin Ming Avenue
Upp Thomson Stn Exit 2 TE8
Upper Thomson Road
Lighthouse Sch CC17TE9
Toa Payoh Rise
Bef Caldecott Stn Exit 3 CC17TE9
Toa Payoh Rise
Upp Thomson Stn Exit 5 TE8
Upper Thomson Road
Bright Hill Stn Exit 1 TE7
Sin Ming Avenue
Mayflower Stn Exit 2 TE6
Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4
Aft Lentor Stn Exit 4 TE5
Yio Chu Kang Road
Springleaf Stn Exit 3 TE4
Upper Thomson Road
W’lands Sth Stn Exit 1 TE3
Woodlands Avenue 1
W’lands Stn Exit 4 NS9TE2
Woodlands Avenue 2
W’lands Nth Stn TE1
Woodlands North Coast Road

Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Woodlands Nth Coast Rd (Woodlands North MRT) ↔ Toa Payoh Rise (Caldecott MRT)
Passes Through Specific Thomson-East Coast Line MRT Stations
(Disseminated at moment of activation)
Free Travel
Operator Information
Current Operator SMRT Buses Ltd
Current Fleet Any Public Bus
Departure Times
Activated and withdrawn only when disseminated

Routes are compiled based on observations during a rail disruption.

Operator Information
  • TE1 Woodlands North – TE9 Caldecott
    SMRT Buses Ltd
MRT Stations Served:

Recent History of Activation
Date Sector Served Disruption Reason
4 Dec 2020 Woodlands North ↔ Woodlands South Signalling Fault



See Also
External Links & References

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