Train services disruptions expected in September
By Dylan Loh | Posted: 18 August 2010 1108 hrs

SINGAPORE: Up to 400,000 commuters may be affected by service disruptions over two weekends due to modification works at the Jurong East train station.

On September 4 and 5, there will be no train services between the Jurong East and Clementi stations on the East West Line.

Train services will also not be available on September 18 and 19 between the Jurong East and Bukit Batok stations on the North South Line.

Buses will be deployed to provide free bridging services.

An additional train platform and track are being constructed to better serve commuters travelling through western Singapore.

Under this project, 22 new trains will also be progressively deployed through the Jurong East Station at shorter intervals.

This is expected to reduce waiting time for commuters by half and also increase the passenger carrying capacity of the North South and East West train services by about 15 per cent.

While modification works are ongoing, the authorities urge commuters to use alternative transport and plan ahead for their journeys.

"However, should commuters be at the affected stations, and need to travel between the affected stretches, we have in place free bus bridging service so that to enable commuters to come out of the train at Jurong East for example, and then take the bus, and then afterwards, travel to Clementi, and then board the train at Clementi and continue the journey," Thomson and Existing Lines group director Chua Chong Kheng said.
More than 70 bus shuttles will be deployed, leaving from affected train stations at three-minute intervals.

"We are (also) actively working with the advisors and the grassroots to make sure that the residents in the area affected are informed," he said.

The Jurong East Modification Project is on track to be completed next year.