SINGAPORE: SMRT train services that have been starting later on Sundays at selected stations along the North-South and East-West Lines (NSEWL) will resume regular operations come Nov 6, the transport operator announced on Monday (Oct 24).
Regular service start times will resume at stations from Joo Koon to Queenstown and from Bukit Gombak to Jurong East, and SMRT said the resumption comes seven weeks ahead of schedule, "in keeping with its commitment to keep commuter inconvenience to a minimum".
Since June 2016, services at 13 stations along the EWL and NSL have been starting up to an hour later. This was done to give rail maintenance and renewal project teams more time to carry out necessary work.
Over the past 20 weeks, this has enabled engineering staff to replace more than 2,300 sleepers and more than 3.2 kilometres of additional Third Rail, SMRT said.
A paid parallel bus service has been plying the route between Joo Koon and Bukit Gombak stations to cater to commuters who travelled in the west before 7am on Sundays since June 2016. The last day of service for this paid parallel bus service will be Sunday, Oct 30 as normal train services resume the following Sunday, it added.