Jurong Town Bus Services Rationalisation (1978)

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Outline of the Changes

On Thursday 1 June 1978 Jurong Town bus services will be rationalised with the introduction of the feeder services concept and the opening of the recently completed Jurong Bus Interchange. All services from the rest of the Island will cease to run around the Town and instead terminate at the Interchange. From there, a comprehensive set of feeder services will radiate to cover the residential neighbourhoods and the industrial sector of Jurong. The primary aim of this rationalisation is to strike a happy balance between the varied expectations of bus commuters and the constraints under which the Company operates, thereby providing the public with a better service at reasonable cost.

Under the rationalisation plan, a new set of 14 feeder services will replace the present set of 8. Of these 4 will serve the residential neighbourhoods and the remaining 10 the industrial sector. Changes will also be made to the 14 external services. One service (Service 42) will be abolished and 2 services (Services 176 and 209) will be cutback to Jurong and terminate at the Interchange, 3 (Services 154, 178 and 183) will be amended. A new service 197 from Geylang Terminal via North Bridge Road, Chinatown and Jalan Bukit Merah will be introduced.

Effort to Improve

At present a total of 285 buses are deployed on the Jurong services. When SBS took over bus operations from the previous 3 companies in November 1973, there were only 200 buses. This means there has been an increase of 41%. Last year alone, SBS added 62 buses and also introduced another external and 4 more feeder services to Jurong. The addition of 85 buses to the Jurong services constitutes 19% of the total number of 440 buses added to SBS' operating fleet since it commenced operations. Despite this major allocation of resources, Jurong commuters continue to be dissatisfied. They complained of overcrowding, of irregular frequency of service and of having to make transfers. They therefore repeatedly clamour for more buses and more direct services. So long as SBS operates the present system, this dissatisfaction will remain.

Operating Constraints

Within the constraints of limited resources (in terms of men, buses and facilities), high operating costs and restricted road space, any significant improvement to the level of service in Jurong is extremely difficult to achieve. The additional resources which can be allocated to the Jurong services are minimal because of other equally important competing needs. The ever increasing cost of operations emphasises the need for a more efficient allocation of resources. There is also a limit to which more buses can be put on the roads before the already congested roads become saturated and inefficiency sets in. The problem is even more pronounced, given the geography of Jurong.

Jurong Work Force

Jurong Town is situated on the south-western part of Singapore, away from the most established population centres. Though it has a population of 100,000, the majority of 70,000 people employed in Jurong comes from the other part of the island. Conversely, many Jurong residents work outside the Town. 38% of the Jurong work force depend on SBS and Scheme B buses and 88% start and finish work during the morning and evening peak periods.

Long Routes

Services to Jurong have invariably long distances. A long route has several handicaps. It causes crew fatigue. Schedule adherence is difficult to maintain because of varying traffic condition along the way resulting in irregularity of service. A number of buses had to be added on to improve the service by an appreciable margin. It is also characterised by imbalance in passenger loads — capacity is not available where it is most needed and wasted over other stretches. Unless the services are rationalised, only marginal improvements can be made to the Jurong services and by and large, the demand will remain inadequately met.

Off Peak Wastage

The present 14 external services have an average roundtrip distance of 72 km (45 miles). Of these, 3 do not go into the industrial sector. The remaining 11 cover an average of 24.8 km (15.5 roundtrip miles) in the industrial sector, which is 32% of the total distance. During the off peak, these services have to run fairly frequently into the industrial sector even though the demand is negligible. This considerable wastage cannot be avoided because the external stretches of the routes have to be served and demand calls for much higher headways than is necessary on the internal side.

During the off peak, the passenger load is only about 30% on buses in the residential neighbourhoods. Buses in the industrial sector carry less than 10% of the capacity. In spite of this low demand, a total of 70 buses per hour with very few passengers on board run around the industrial sector. The rationalisation will cut down this very questionable wastage. Internal coverage will be taken over by the proposed set of feeder services, thus facilitating demand responsive scheduling. More buses will operate during the peak at required times while a half-hourly service will be provided during off peak. In addition faster turnaround times because of shorter routes will make the buses deployed more productive and scheduling easier.

Capacity

There will be an addition of 29 buses to the Company operating fleet under the rationalisation plan, bringing the total number of buses in this exercise to 314. The number to be deployed on the feeder services is 67. The external services will have 219. The remaining 28 will be used on Services 176 and 209 which will be cutback from Jurong and for strengthening Service 40 affected by the abolition of Service 42. Though the number of buses per peak hour on the Jurong external services will remain at about 84, there will be marked improvement in service level because of the additional capacity available on the other 2 services cutback from Jurong.

The bus volume to the industrial sector will increase from 85 to 89 buses per peak hour. The capacity to be provided for each zone in the industrial sector has been re-allocated on the basis of the results of a comprehensive survey carried out by the Jurong Town Corporation in December 1977. The residential feeder services will provide a peak capacity of 53 buses per hour.

Need to Transfer

Rationalisation however will not redress the common grievance among Jurong commuters of the need to make transfers to reach their desired destinations. SBS will never be in a position to erase this need and provide direct services from everywhere. Transfers are inevitable and the reasons are obvious: the siting of Jurong and its sprawling layout and the constraints under which SBS operates. Jurong workers come from all parts of the Island and there are few places which we can identify as being less important than other origins. Furthermore, there is no one route which can cover the whole of Jurong. To do so, several routes are needed. Service 157 illustrates this problem very well. Though it originates from Toa Payoh, a lot of people in that Town do not have a "doorstep" service and they either have to walk long distances or make a transfer to get on to Service 157. On reaching Jurong or even along the way, many of the commuters have to make a transfer to get to their place of work as the service only serves a part of Jurong. Imagine the number of services that have to be provided between Toa Payoh and Jurong so that commuters need not transfer!

From surveys it was found that 45% of Jurong commuters make transfers in Taman Jurong to get to their destinations. This excludes those who get down to walk a fair distance to the neighbouring Chin Bee area where many factories are located. There are also many who make transfers elsewhere in Jurong and along the way outside in Jurong. SBS has estimated that a vast majority of them do make transfers. Furthermore the transfer fare can be more than 20 cents, in fact as much as 40 cents. Transfers are usually made off the way, making the already long trips even more time consuming and tiresome. Others have to walk to get the next bus.

Convenience

Though transfers cannot be eliminated, rationalisation makes them less of a chore. The Interchange is strategically located at the junction of Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim and Jurong Port Road so that detours are avoided. It provides for transfers to be made conveniently, safely and under cover from inclement weather.

Low Fares

For many there will also be savings in transfer fares. The feeder services will charge minimal fares, 10 cents on services to the neighbourhoods and 20 cents on services to the factories. There will also be a concession pass which will entitle the holder to unlimited travel on a specified service at $5 a month. This concession is mainly intended for those who now need not make transfers but will have to do so upon rationalisation.

Responsibility

Conscious of its responsibility as the main public transport operator in the Republic, SBS has thoroughly examined the needs of Jurong commuters before embarking on the rationalisation plan. It is fully convinced that it is the only economically feasible solution to the problem and will implement the plan with the conviction that it is in the best interest both to the Jurong commuters and the commuters at large.

Jurong Bus Interchange

The $1.8 million Jurong Bus Interchange which is the biggest bus terminal to be built in Singapore has been designed with the convenience and safety of commuters as the prime consideration.

Built on a 2.5 hectre (6.1 acre) site strategically located at the junction of Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim and Jurong Port Road, the Interchange has 2 buildings and a parking apron for 90 buses.

One building is the terminal building which houses the passenger concourse on the ground floor and a canteen on the first floor. It is 120 metres long and 7.5 metres wide.

The passenger concourse has 12 boarding and alighting berths — six each on either side of the concourse. The berths are partially covered by the roof to provide shelter for boarding and alighting. It has a standing area of 1100 square metres which can accommodate comfortably 2400 people at one time.

Facilities at the concourse include an information counter, 4 shop kiosks selling cold drinks, cakes and sundry items, 6 public telephones and toilets. Some seats are available for the weary. For easy reference, there are 2 sets of information boards showing the routes of the Jurong services.

The canteen on the first floor has 6 food stalls selling a variety of cooked food. Though meant mainly for bus crews, the canteen is also open to the public and has a seating capacity for 120 people. More public toilets are provided on this floor.

The other building in the Interchange houses a small office, a fuel station and a 4 bay facility for minor repairs. These facilities are provided to ensure that Jurong services are efficiently run with minimal disruption of service.

As the buses on feeder services are one-man-operated, 41 of the 90 parking bays are run-through bays so that buses need not reverse to leave them. In this way safety on the apron is ensured.

The building of the Jurong Interchange demonstrates in concrete form the aim of SBS to upgrade its operations and provide the country with a good public transport system.

Details of External and Feeder Services for Jurong Town

External Services (normal fares will be charged)

Service 10: Up Changi Rd 13.3 km (8¼ ms) — Jurong

Via Up Changi Rd, Bedok Rd, Up East Coast Rd, East Coast Rd, Mountbatten Rd, Nicoll Highway, Connaught Dr, Fullerton Rd, Collyer Quay, Raffles Quay, Shenton Way, Palmer Rd, Anson Rd, Keppel Rd, Telok Blangah Rd, Pasir Panjang Rd, Clementi Rd, Up Ayer Rajah Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim and Jurong Port Rd.

And return via Jurong Port Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim, Up Ayer Rajah Rd, Clementi Rd, Pasir Panjang Rd, Telok Blangah Rd, Keppel Rd, Anson Rd, Robinson Rd, Collyer Quay, Fullerton Rd, Empress Pl, St Andrew's Rd, Beach Rd, Bras Basah Rd, Nicoll Highway, Mountbatten Rd, East Coast Rd, Up East Coast Rd, Bedok Rd and Up Changi Rd.

Service 30: Kg Chai Chee — Jurong

Via New Up Changi Rd, Changi Rd, Telok Kurau Rd, Joo Chiat Pl, Joo Chiat Rd, Dunman Rd, Old Airport Rd, Mountbatten Rd, Nicoll Highway, Connaught Dr, Fullerton Rd, Collyer Quay, Raffles Quay, Shenton Way, Palmer Rd, Anson Rd, Keppel Rd, Telok Blangah Rd, Pasir Panjang Rd, West Coast Rd, Jurong Town Hall Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim and Jurong Port Rd.

And return via Jurong Port Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim, Jurong Town Hall Rd, West Coast Rd, Pasir Panjang Rd, Telok Blangah Rd, Keppel Rd, Anson Rd, Robinson Rd, Collyer Quay, Fullerton Rd, Empress Pl, St Andrew's Rd, Beach Rd, Bras Basah Rd, Nicoll Highway, Mountbatten Rd, Old Airport Rd, Dunman Rd, Joo Chiat Rd, Joo Chiat Pl, Telok Kurau Rd, Changi Rd and New Up Changi Rd.

Service 154: MacPherson Est — Jurong

Via Circuit Rd, Pipit Rd, Circuit Rd, Merpati Rd, Mattar Rd, Aljunied Rd, MacPherson Rd, Bendemeer Rd, Whampoa North, Serangoon Rd, Jln Toa Payoh, Flyover, Whitley Rd, Bt Timah Rd, Clementi Rd, Old Clementi Rd, Clementi Rd, Up Ayer Rajah Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim and Jurong Port Rd.

And return via Jurong Port Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim, Up Ayer Rajah Rd, Clementi Rd, Old Clementi Rd, Clementi Rd, Dunearn Rd, Whitley Rd, Flyover, Jln Toa Payoh, MacPherson Rd, Aljunied Rd, Merpati Rd, Circuit Rd, Pipit Rd and Circuit Rd.

Service 157: Toa Payoh — Jurong

Via Toa Payoh Town Centre, Lor 6, 'U' turn infront of SAF Reservists' Association, back along Lor 6, Lor 2, Lor 1A, Lor 1, Lor 2, Lor 3, Lor 4, Lor 5, Lor 4, Lor 1, Access Rd, Braddell Rd, Thomson Rd, Lornie Rd, Adam Rd, Bukit Timah Rd, Up Bt Timah Rd, Jln Jurong Kechil, Jurong Rd, Jurong Town Hall Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim and Jurong Port Rd.

And return via Jurong Port Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim, Jurong Town Hall Rd, Jurong Rd, Jln Jurong Kechil, Up Bt Timah Rd, Dunearn Rd, Adam Rd, Lornie Rd, Thomson Rd, Braddell Rd, Flyover Access Rd, Toa Payoh — Lor 6, Lor 4, Lor 5, Lor 4, Lor 3, Lor 2, Lor 1, Lor 1A, Lor 2 and Toa Payoh Town Centre.

Service 165: Ang Mo Kio — Jurong

Via Ang Mo Kio — Ave 6, Ave 3, Ave 1, Up Thomson Rd, Thomson Rd, Lornie Rd, Adam Rd, Farrer Rd, Holland Rd, loop round Holland Village Island, Holland Rd, Ulu Pandan Rd, Clementi Rd, Up Ayer Rajah Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim and Jurong Port Rd.

And return via Jurong Port Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim, Up Ayer Rajah Rd, Clementi Rd, Ulu Pandan Rd, Holland Rd, Farrer Rd, Adam Rd, Lornie Rd, Thomson Rd, Up Thomson Rd, Ang Mo Kio — Ave 1, Ave 3, St 22, St 24 and Ave 6.

Service 178: Up Bt Timah Rd (near Bt Panjang Circus) — Jurong

Via Up Bt Timah Rd, Jurong Rd, Jurong Town Hall Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim and Jurong Port Rd.

And return via Jurong Port Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim, Jurong Town Hall Rd, Jurong Rd and Up Bt Timah Rd.

Service 183: New Bridge Rd — Jurong

Via New Bridge Rd, Outram Rd, Tiong Bahru Rd, Alexandra Rd, Ayer Rajah Rd, Up Ayer Rajah Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim and Jurong Port Rd.

And return via Jurong Port Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim, Up Ayer Rajah Rd, Ayer Rajah Rd, Alexandra Rd, Tiong Bahru Rd, Outram Rd, Cantonment Rd, Neil Rd and New Bridge Rd.

Service 184: Telok Blangah — Jurong

Via Telok Blangah Way, Telok Blangah Cres, Telok Blangah Way, Henderson Rd, Telok Blangah Rd, Pasir Panjang Rd, Clementi Rd, Up Ayer Rajah Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim and Jurong Port Rd.

And return via Jurong Port Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim, Up Ayer Rajah Rd, Clementi Rd, Pasir Panjang Rd, Telok Blangah Rd, Henderson Rd, Telok Blangah Way, Telok Blangah Cres and Telok Blangah Way.

Service 196: Prince Edward Rd — Jurong

Via Prince Edward Rd, Shenton Way, Palmer Rd, Anson Rd, Keppel Rd, Cantonment Rd, Neil Rd, Kg Bahru Rd, Jln Bt Merah, Queensway, C'wealth Ave, North Buona Vista Rd, Dover Rd, Clementi Rd, Up Ayer Rajah Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim and Jurong Port Rd.

And return via Jurong Port Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim, Up Ayer Rajah Rd, Clementi Rd, Dover Rd, North Buona Vista Rd, C'wealth Ave, Queensway, Jln Bt Merah, Kg Bahru Rd, New Bridge Rd, Cantonment Rd, Keppel Rd, Anson Rd, Maxwell Rd, Shenton Way and Prince Edward Rd.

Service 197: Geylang Fringe Car Park — Jurong

Via Lor 1 Geylang, Geylang Rd, Kallang Rd, Crawford St, North Bridge Rd, South Bridge Rd, Neil Rd, Kg Bahru Rd, Jln Bt Merah, Alexandra Rd, Ayer Rajah Rd, Up Ayer Rajah Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim and Jurong Port Rd.

And return via Jurong Port Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim, Up Ayer Rajah Rd, Ayer Rajah Rd, Alexandra Rd, Jln Bt Merah, Kg Bahru Rd, New Bridge Rd, Hill St, Victoria St, Kallang Rd, Sims Ave, Lor 1 Geylang and Geylang Rd.

Service 198: Sims Pl — Jurong

Via Sims Pl, Sims Dr, Aljunied Rd, Jln Kolam Ayer, Bendemeer Rd, Jln Besar, Bencoolen St, Orchard Rd, Penang Rd, Clemenceau Ave, Pulo Saigon Rd, Havelock Rd, Ganges Ave, un-named road, Havelock Rd, Alexandra Rd, C'wealth Ave, North Buona Vista Rd, Ayer Rajah Rd, Up Ayer Rajah Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim and Jurong Port Rd.

And return via Jurong Port Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim, Up Ayer Rajah Rd, Ayer Rajah Rd, North Buona Vista Rd, C'wealth Ave, Alexandra Rd, Havelock Rd, Indus Rd, Ganges Ave, Havelock Rd, Pulo Saigon Rd, Clemenceau Ave, Tank Rd, Clemenceau Ave, Link Rd, Buyong Rd, Orchard Rd, Dhoby Ghaut, Selegie Rd, Serangoon Rd, Jln Kolam Ayer, Aljunied Rd, Sims Dr and Sims Pl.

Service 206: Lim Chu Kang Rd (End) — Jurong

Via Lim Chu Kang Rd, Choa Chu Kang Rd, Choa Chu Kang Rd (End), 'U' turn at Kg Berih Rd, back along Choa Chu Kang Rd, Jln Bahar, Jln Boon Lay, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim and Jurong Port Rd.

And return via Jln Ahmad Ibrahim, Jln Boon Lay, Jln Bahar, Choa Chu Kang Rd, Choa Chu Kang Rd (End), 'U' turn at Kg Berih Rd, back along Choa Chu Kang Rd, Lim Chu Kang Rd.

Residential Feeder Services

Service 240: Jurong Interchange — Boon Lay Gdn

Via Jurong Port Rd, Corporation Rd, Yung Ho Rd, Corporation Dr, Corporation Rd, Boon Lay Dr, Boon Lay Pl, Boon Lay Ave, Boon Lay Dr, Corporation Rd, Corporation Dr, Yung Ho Rd, Corporation Rd and Jurong Port Rd.

Service 241: Jurong Interchange — Teban Est

Via Jurong Port Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim, Jurong Town Hall Rd, Teban Gdn Rd, Penjuru Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim and Jurong Port Rd.

Service 242: Jurong Interchange — Kang Ching Rd

Via Jurong Port Rd, Corporation Rd, Yung Ho Rd, Corporation Dr, Ho Ching Rd, Yuan Ching Rd, Kang Ching Rd, Corporation Dr, Yung Ho Rd, Corporation Rd and Jurong Port Rd.

Note: This is a peak period service to supplement Service 240.

Service 244: Jurong Interchange — Boon Lay Gdn

Via Jurong Port Rd, Corporation Rd, Boon Lay Dr, Boon Lay Pl, Boon Lay Ave, Boon Lay Dr, Corporation Rd and Jurong Port Rd.

Note: This is a peak period service to supplement Service 240.

Industrial Feeder Services

Service 245: Jurong Interchange — Pandan Rd

Via Jurong Port Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim, Jurong Town Hall Rd, Teban Gdn Rd, Penjuru Rd, Tg Penjuru, Jln Buroh, Pandan Rd, Pandan Ave, Pandan Rd, Jln Buroh, Tg Penjuru, Penjuru Rd, Teban Gdn Rd, Jurong Town Hall Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim and Jurong Port Rd.

Service 246: Jurong Interchange — Boon Lay Gdn

Via Jurong Port Rd, Corporation Rd, Jln Tukang, Quality Rd, Chin Bee Ave, 3rd Chin Bee Rd, International Rd, Corporation Rd, Yung Ho Rd, Corporation Dr, Corporation Rd, Boon Lay Dr, Boon Lay Pl, Boon Lay Ave, Boon Lay Dr, Corporation Rd, Corporation Dr, Yung Ho Rd, Jln Tukang, Quality Rd, Chin Bee Ave, 3rd Chin Bee Rd, International Rd, Corporation Rd and Jurong Port Rd.

Service 247: Jurong Interchange — Jurong Pier Rd

Via Jurong Port Rd, Jln Tepong, Fishery Port Rd, Jln Buroh, Jurong Pier Rd, 'U' turn at Jurong Town Pier, back along Jurong Pier Rd, Jln Buroh, Fishery Port Rd, Jln Tepong and Jurong Port Rd.

Service 248: Jurong Interchange — Neythal Rd

Via Jln Ahmad Ibrahim, Jln Boon Lay, Tractor Rd, International Rd, Fan Yoong Rd, Wan Lee Rd, Enterprise Rd, Kwong Min Rd, Soon Lee Rd, International Rd, Neythal Rd, International Rd, Tractor Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim and Jurong Port Rd.

Service 249: Jurong Interchange — Jln Samulun

Via Jln Ahmad Ibrahim, Jurong Pier Rd, Jln Buroh, Tg Kling Rd, 'U' turn at National Iron & Steel Mills, back along Tg Kling Rd, Shipyard Rd, Jln Samulun and 'U' turn at Jurong Shipyard, back along Jln Samulun, Shipyard Rd, Tg Kling Rd, 'U' turn at National Iron & Steel Mills, back along Tg Kling Rd, Jln Buroh, Jurong Pier Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim and Jurong Port Rd.

Note: The service will run express along Jln Ahmad Ibrahim.

Service 250: Jurong Interchange — 6th Lokyang Rd

Via Jln Ahmad Ibrahim, Pioneer Rd, International Rd, 6th Lokyang Rd, Lokyang Way, Pioneer Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim and Jurong Port Rd.

Note: The service will run express along the stretch of Jln Ahmad Ibrahim between Corporation Rd and Jln Boon Lay.

Service 251: Jurong Interchange — Refinery Rd

Via Jln Ahmad Ibrahim, Pioneer Rd, Liu Fang Rd, Tg Kling Rd, Pioneer Rd, Shipyard Rd, Refinery Rd and 'U' turn, at the end of Refinery Rd, back along Refinery Rd, Shipyard Rd, Pioneer Rd, Tg Kling Rd, Liu Fang Rd, Pioneer Rd, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim and Jurong Port Rd.

Note: The service will run express along Jln Ahmad Ibrahim.

Service 253: Jurong Interchange — Benoi Rd

Via Jln Ahmad Ibrahim, Benoi Sector, Benoi Rd, Pioneer Rd, Benoi Rd, Benoi Sector, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim and Jurong Port Rd.

Note: The service will run express along the stretch of Jln Ahmad Ibrahim between Corporation Rd and Pioneer Rd.

Service 255: Jurong Interchange — Gul Circle

Via Jln Ahmad Ibrahim, Gul Way, Gul Dr, Gul Circle, Gul Way, Gul Ave, Gul Circle, Gul Way, Jln Ahmad Ibrahim and Jurong Port Rd.

Note: The service will run express along the stretch of Jln Ahmad Ibrahim between Corporation Rd and Benoi Sector.

Service 257: Jurong Interchange — Gul Rd

Via Jurong Port Rd, Jln Buroh, Tg Kling Rd, Pioneer Rd, Gul Rd, 'U' turn, at end of Gul Rd, back along Gul Rd, Pioneer Sector 2, Pioneer Sector 1, Pioneer Sector 3, Gul Rd, Pioneer Rd, Tg Kling Rd, Jln Buroh and Jurong Port Rd.

Note: The service will run express along Jurong Port Rd, Jln Buroh, Tg Kling Rd and the stretch of Pioneer Rd between Tg Kling and Shipyard Rd.

Jurong Holiday Specials

Jurong Town is unique in that it is an industrial town with several places of interest which appeal to both the local population and tourists. Some places include the Bird Park, the Chinese and Japanese Gardens and the Science Centre.

SBS will operate special services to these places of interest on Sundays and public holidays. These services will originate from the Jurong Interchange and charge a flat fare of 20 cents.

To be operational from Sunday 4 June, these new Holiday Specials and their times of operation are as follows:-

  • Service 404 — Science Centre (10 am to 6 pm)
  • Service 405 — Bird Park (9 am to 6 pm)
  • Service 406 — Chinese and Japanese Gardens (8 am to 7 pm)

SAFTI Special

For the benefit of our National Servicemen, a special service will be operated between the Singapore Armed Forces Training Institute (SAFTI) and the Jurong Interchange on Saturday afternoons (12.30 pm to 2.30 pm) and Sunday and public holiday nights (8.00 pm to 11.00 pm). To be designated as Service 450, this Service will commence operation on 3rd June. A flat fare of 30 cents will be charged.

Changes to Jurong Internal Services

  • Services 202, 203, 204 & 205 will be withdrawn and will be replaced with the new set of Jurong Industrial Feeder Services 247, 249, 250 & 251.
  • Service 240 & 246 will be re-routed to start from Jurong Bus Interchange via Jurong Port Rd & Corporation Rd, instead of Boon Lay Gdns Ter via Boon Lay Pl, Boon Lay Ave, Boon Lay Dr & Corporation Rd.
  • Service 245 will be re-routed to start from Jurong Bus Interchange via Jurong Port Rd & Jln Ahmad Ibrahim, instead of Boon Lay Gdns Ter via Boon Lay Pl, Boon Lay Ave, Boon Lay Dr & Corporation Rd.
  • Service 254 will be withdrawn and will be replaced with the new Service 255.

Changes to Jurong External Services

  • Service 42 operating between Kg Chai Chee and Jurong Town via Shenton Way and the Port area will be abolished. Commuters from the eastern sector going to Jurong will continue to have Services 10 and 30. Service 40 will be strengthened to take over the displaced passenger load for Service 42.
  • Service 154 will be re-routed to run along MacPherson Rd and Jln Toa Payoh instead of Up Aljunied Rd, Braddell Rd via Toa Payoh. Commuters in Toa Payoh will have an alternative in Service 157.
  • Service 176 will be cutback from Jurong and instead operate as a service for Clementi Town.
  • Service 178 will be slightly re-routed to take a more direct route from Bt Timah Rd to Jurong Rd instead of using Jln Jurong Kechil. Jln Jurong Kechil will still have service 157 to Jurong.
  • Service 183 will also be shortened slightly and operate from New Bridge Rd instead of South Canal Rd. New Service 197 will take over on the stretch of route between South Canal Rd and New Bridge Rd terminals.
  • Service 209 will be cutback from Jurong to terminate at C'wealth Ave. Alternative services to Jurong along the affected stretch are Services 183, 196 and 198.
  • A new service, Service 197 will be introduced from Geylang Fringe Car Park to Jurong Bus Interchange, via North Bridge Rd, Chinatown and Jalan Bukit Merah.