SINGAPORE: Four new bus services – 47, 117, 118 and 979 – will be launched this month as part of the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said in a joint news release with SMRT and SBS Transit on Wednesday (Dec 9). The first three services will be operated by SBS Transit, while 979 is an SMRT service.
LTA also said that SMRT bus service 983, which currently serves Choa Chu Kang residents, will be extended to Bukit Panjang from Dec 27. The service will continue to operate daily from 5.45am to 11.45pm. This would benefit nearby executive condo (HDB EC)residents such as those from Wandervale EC.
The news release added that a new bus terminal at Changi Business Park will begin operations on Dec 20 to serve the Changi South Area.
According to the news release, service 47 will operate from Changi Business Park Bus Terminal to Marine Parade Road (loop) via Bedok South. The service aims to enhance connectivity to Tanah Merah MRT Station and amenities like Parkway Parade, Katong Shopping Centre and Changi City Point.
Commuters will also get access to schools like Victoria School and Temasek Junior College, while Bedok South and Marine Parade residents can enjoy a direct link to Changi Business Park. Service 47 will operate from 6am to 11.45pm daily.
Services 117 and 118 will operate every day from 5.45am to 11.30pm. The former will begin operations from Punggol Bus Interchange to Sembawang Bus Interchange via Seletar Aerospace Park and Yishun. It will serve residents from the expanding Punggol West, Yishun South and the Canberra neighbourhood in Sembawang, and provide a direct link to the Seletar Aerospace Park. Service 118 will operate from Punggol Bus Interchange to Changi Business Park Bus Terminal via Tampines.
Services 47, 117 and 118 will commence on Dec 20. Service 979 will only begin on Dec 27 – from the Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park to Choa Chu Kang Crescent (loop) – in tandem with the opening of Downtown Line 2.
However, Service 979 will be amended to ply Stagmont Ring instead of Kranji Expressway when widening and modification works at the junction of Woodlands Road with Stagmont Ring are completed. This is in order to increase coverage along Choa Chu Kang North 5.
Operating from 5.45am to 11.45pm daily, service 979 will connect residents to amenities such as Bukit Panjang Plaza, Junction 10 and Yew Tee Point, as well as improve connectivity to schools like West View Primary and De La Salle School.