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Businesses welcome the newly-opened Downtown Line 1 stations, saying revenue could increase by at least 10 per cent. They expect more customer traffic as new train entrances and exits are located near their establishments.
SINGAPORE: Businesses welcome the newly-opened Downtown Line 1 stations, saying revenue could increase by at least 10 per cent.
They expect more customer traffic as new train entrances and exits are located near their establishments.
Tan Quee Lan Street is a few metres away from the new entrance and exit points of the Bugis Downtown Line station.
Businesses there and others around stations of the Downtown Line 1 are expected to benefit from the added convenience.
Ananias Sim, manager of The Loft Pancakes & Waffles cafe, said: “Definitely as a business operator we will be very happy, because when the MRT is open definitely it will increase the traffic flow, and number of people will increase. When there are more people definitely we will have more business."
Establishments also expressed relief that the Downtown Line 1 stations are finally open.
They said business had been affected for the past five years during the construction period.
Telok Ayer Street is lined with restaurants, cafes and other enterprises. Businesses welcome the opening of the Downtown Line - Telok Ayer station is about 100 metres away from there.
Some cafes said they are adjusting their business hours with the start of Downtown Line operations.
Muhd Khairul Ahmad, barista at Sarnies Cafe, said: "Currently we are thinking of coming up with (serving) dinner. We don't usually do everyday dinner, most probably we are opening everyday dinner from now on."
Even though business has improved, some establishments have other concerns, like a possible increase in rent.
Camil Goh, manager at Bee Heong Palace Restaurant, said: “That's another higher cost for us when the outside crowd doesn't come in, but the rental just increases, because the landlord may think that with the MRT station nearby, they can increase the rental, so that's something that is a worry for us."
Rides on the new line are free till 1 January.
As commuters tried out the new line, there was a train fault that disrupted Downtown Line 1 services on Sunday afternoon.
It delayed train service between Bugis and Chinatown for about 15 minutes.