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Three new City Direct bus services to begin operations in February

Three new City Direct bus services, linking the heartlands to the Central Business District (CBD), will begin operations in February.

SINGAPORE: Three new City Direct bus services, linking the heartlands to the Central Business District (CBD), will begin operations in February.

The three services -- 655, 656 and 657 -- will start with two one-way trips to the CBD on weekday mornings and two one-way return trips in the evenings, excluding public holidays. More trips may be added depending on the demand for the services.

The Land Transport Authority said that with fewer stops and the use of expressways, journey times will be comparable to that of taking a bus and transferring to the MRT into the city.

Bus services 655 and 656 will begin operations on February 17, while Service 657 will commence on February 24.

Service 655 will ply Teban Gardens Road, Pandan Gardens and West Coast Road before taking the West Coast Highway to get to the CBD. On weekday evenings, the service will connect commuters from Central Boulevard and Shenton Way back to the West Coast neighbourhood.

Service 656 will begin operations from Sembawang -- it will ply Canberra Road, Admiralty Link, Sembawang Drive and Sembawang Avenue before heading towards Orchard Road, Bras Basah Road and Shenton Way via the Seletar Expressway (SLE) and Central Expressway (CTE).

In the evening, it will take commuters back to Sembawang.

Service 657 from Jurong East will ply Jurong West Ave 1, Jurong East Ave 1 and Toh Guan Road, before heading towards Robinson Road and Marina Boulevard via the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE).

Similarly, it will take commuters back to the Jurong East and Jurong West housing estates in the evening.

The three bus services to be launched are part of six awarded by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in November 2013 under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).

Commuters can expect another three City Direct bus services from Hougang, Bedok and Eunos to the CBD in the third quarter of 2014.

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