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Public Transport Operators in Singapore are ushering in the spirit of Kindness Day SG, which takes place on 24 May this year. Public buses of SBS Transit, Go-Ahead Singapore and Tower Transit have been programmed to display messages of goodwill.

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Selected SBS Transit buses display “Be Kind, Be Greater.” These can be found on some Scania K230UB and Volvo B9TL buses with Hanover EDS.

Go-Ahead Singapore buses display two messages, “Happy Kindness Day 24 May 2019” and “Greatness is Kindness, Be Greater” decorated with the iconic gerbera flower.

These messages can be found across all bus services on Volvo B9TL, Mercedes-Benz Citaro and MAN A95 buses.

Tower Transit buses feature a large variety of kindness day messages. Each bus service is programmed to display a different message on Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses, while Alexander Dennis Enviro500 and MAN A22 buses with Mobitec EDS display 4 different messages.

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Kindness Day Activities

1000 stalks of yellow daisies will be given out at 5 different bus interchanges on 24th May between 11:30am and 2:30pm. These are:

  • Hougang Bus Interchange and MRT Station (NEL)
  • Tampines Bus Interchange and MRT Station (DTL)
  • Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange
  • Bedok Bus Interchange
  • Boon Lay Bus Interchange

Kindness Carnival will also be held on Saturday, 25th May 2019, 10am-6:3pm at the Road Safety Community Park @ East Coast.

Find out more at kindnessday.sg!

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Canberra MRT Station on the North South Line will officially open on 2 November 2019.

Construction work on the new station began in April 2015, and a three-day MRT service closure was conducted to replace and install crossover tracks near the station. Construction is around 75% complete now, putting in on track to its opening at the end of the year.

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Yishun Integrated Transport Hub is a Bus Interchange located at Yishun Town Centre, serving residential areas around Yishun and Khatib.

The interchange is the tenth air-conditioned bus interchange in Singapore, integrated within the Northpoint City shopping centre (South Wing) and North Park Residences condominium, while seamlessly connected to Yishun MRT Station. Nearby public amenities include Golden Village Yishun, Nee Soon Sports Centre, Yishun Polyclinic, Yishun Pond Park, and Nee Soon East Community Centre.

Yishun Integrated Transport Hub is projected to open in Year 2019, with SMRT Buses being the anchor operator of Yishun Bus Interchange. With the rollout of the Bus Contracting Model (BCM), the future operator of the Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package will take over as anchor operator of this interchange in Year 2020.

This interchange replaces the Yishun Temporary Bus Interchange which commenced operations on 14 March 2015, to facilitate construction of the current Yishun Integrated Transport Hub.

Details:
Name Yishun Bus Interchange | 义顺巴士转换站
Address TBC
BCM Route Package Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package (Anchor Operator)
Other Packages: Loyang, Seletar, Serangoon–Eunos, Tampines
Anchor Operator SMRT Buses Ltd
Bus Routes 14 (SBS Transit), 8 (SMRT), 1 (Go-Ahead Singapore), 1 (Advance Coach)
Berths 4 alighting berths, 8 boarding berths
Rail Connection
NS13 Yishun

Introduction:

Layout of Yishun ITH

Yishun Integrated Transport Hub is a bus interchange located in the residential town of Yishun. Connecting with Yishun MRT Station along the North South MRT Line, the interchange is a transport node for commuters heading in and out of town, allowing for convenient transfers between the rail network and the many bus services at the interchange.

Projected to open in Year 2019, Yishun Bus Interchange will be the tenth Integrated Transport Hub (ITH) to be opened in Singapore, after Toa Payoh in May 2002, Sengkang in Jan 2003, Ang Mo Kio in Apr 2007, Boon Lay in Dec 2009, Serangoon in Sep 2011, Clementi in Nov 2011, Bedok in Nov 2014, Joo Koon in Nov 2015, and Bukit Panjang in Sep 2017. The interchange is integrated within the Northpoint City shopping centre (South Wing) and the North Park Residences condominium, with underpasses leading to Yishun MRT Station across the road. Hence, retail, residential and transportation facilities are combined under one roof.

The interchange has a single vehicular concourse area with two ingress/egress points leading to Yishun Avenue 2. Located at the north end is a Left-In-Left-Out access, and at the South end, a full-movement signalised junction. Pedestrian access will be offered to Yishun Avenue 2 and retail areas of Northpoint City.

The interchange concourse features offices and staff lounges, a Transitlink ticket office and an NTWU Canteen. Commuter facilities such as queue lines at every berth, bus departure timing screens, and priority seats at every berth will be provided.

History:

Before the construction of the Yishun Bus Interchange, Yishun had two roadside bus termini; one at Yishun Avenue 5 and the other at Yishun Central. The former handled feeder services like 800 and 801, while trunk routes 850 and 851 called at the Yishun Central Terminal. In the 1980s, the rising development of Yishun New Town called for a more permanent facility for buses. HDB, who was in-charge of public works, designed and built a permanent facility between Yishun Avenue 2 and Yishun Central 1. Yishun Bus Interchange opened in 1987 with five trunk and four feeder bus services, gradually expanding to the 19 bus services today.

In 2003, SBS introduced Service 39 to Yishun, followed by 85 in 2006. In December 2010, private operator Advance Coaches introduced AC7, a cross-border bus route to Johor Bahru.

The last day of operations of Yishun Bus Interchange was on 13 March 2015, following which the Yishun Temporary Bus Interchange was opened to replace the old one. Yishun Bus Interchange was demolished and will be replaced by an air-conditioned Integrated Public Transport Hub, Northpoint City, housing a shopping mall, offices and residential developments by 2019.

Like previous Integrated Transport Hubs, the retail section opened far ahead of the bus interchange. Northpoint City (South Wing) was opened on 18 December 2017 while the interior of the bus interchange had yet to be fitted.

Yishun Bus Interchange was used as a layover point for SBS Transit & SMRT Buses operating on Shuttle 10 during the 3 Day Closure on North South Line for Canberra Track Works in May 2019.

Interchange facilities:

  • Interchange offices
  • Drivers lounge
  • NTWU Canteen
  • Boarding and alighting berths
  • Information boards
  • Bus departure timing screens
  • Service guide racks
  • Retail outlets
  • Toilets
Bus Services list:
Service Berth Destination Notes
39 TBC Tampines Concourse
85 TBC Punggol
103 TBC Serangoon
171 TBC Marina Centre
800 TBC ↺ Sembawang Road
803 TBC ↺ Yishun Avenue 6
804 TBC ↺ Yishun Avenue 11
805 TBC ↺ Yishun Avenue 1
806 TBC ↺ Yishun Avenue 6
807 TBC ↺ Yishun Street 71
811/T TBC ↺ Yishun Avenue 5
TBC ↺ Yishun Avenue 1
812/T TBC ↺ Yishun Avenue 4
TBC ↺ Yishun Avenue 3
851 TBC Bukit Merah
851e TBC New Bridge Road Express Service
852 TBC Bukit Batok
853/ 853# TBC Geylang Lorong 1 Weekdays, Saturdays
Upper East Coast Sundays & PHs
854 TBC Bedok
854e TBC Bedok Weekdays AM Peak
Express Service
855 TBC HarbourFront
856 TBC Woodlands
857 TBC ↺ Temasek Avenue
859 TBC Sembawang
860 TBC ↺ Yio Chu Kang
AC7 TBC JB CIQ Cross-border route
KTPH TBC Khoo Teck Puat Hospital Shuttle service
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SMRT Bus Service 858B is a Short-Trip Service variant of Bus Service 858.

The route operates from Woodlands Temp Int and ends at Jalan Kayu (Aft Seletar Camp G) via Changi Airport.

The weekend route operates from Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange to Changi Airport, and terminates at Jalan Kayu (Aft Seletar Camp G).

858B
Woodlands Temp Int → Aft Seletar Camp G
46009
Woodlands Temp Int
Woodlands Sq
46281
Blk 825
Woodlands Ave 7
46391
Blk 853
Woodlands Ave 7
46401
Blk 864
Woodlands Ave 4
46411
Blk 869
Woodlands Ave 4
46461
Opp Blk 757A CP
Woodlands Ave 9
46471
Opp Blk 773
Woodlands Ave 9
46481
Aft W’lands Ind Pk E6
Woodlands Ave 9
46731
Yew Huat Scaffolding Work
Gambas Ave
46741
Seagate
Gambas Ave
47621
Aft Gambas Ave
Woodlands Ave 7
58381
Blk 469B
Sembawang Way
58229
Blk 358A CP
Sembawang Way
58219
Opp Sembawang Stn
Sembawang Way
58159
Aft Admiral Hill
Canberra Rd
58109
Opp Blk 311
Canberra Rd
58029
The Nautical
Sembawang Rd
58019
Aft Sembawang Shop Ctr
Sembawang Rd
57139
Aft Jln Kemuning
Sembawang Rd
57129
Blk 114
Sembawang Rd
57119
Blk 101
Sembawang Rd
59119
Opp Blk 701A
Yishun Ave 5
59149
Blk 145
Yishun Ave 5
59073
Opp Yishun Stn
Yishun Ave 2
59069
Opp Blk 757
Yishun Ave 2
59619
Yishun Community Hosp
Yishun Ctrl 2
59059
Blk 608
Yishun Ave 2
59049
Opp Khatib Stn
Yishun Ave 2
59039
Yishun Sports Hall
Yishun Ave 2
59029
Aft Yishun Ave 1
Lentor Ave
59019
Aft Sg Seletar Bridge
Lentor Ave
55289
LP 94
Lentor Ave
68111
Bef Seletar Camp G
Jln Kayu
65199
Aft Punggol Rd
TPE
95151
Airport Police Stn
Airport Blvd
95011
Bef Changi Airport PTB3
Airport Blvd
95109
Changi Airport PTB3
PTB3 Basement
95029
Changi Airport PTB1
PTB1 Basement
95129
Changi Airport PTB2
PTB2 Basement
95019
Aft Changi Airport PTB2
Airport Blvd
95159
Near SATS Flight Kitchen
Airport Blvd
65191
Bef Punggol Rd
TPE
68119
Aft Seletar Camp G
Jln Kayu
Technical Information
Route Woodlands Temporary Bus InterchangeJalan Kayu (Aft Seletar Camp G), via Changi Airport
Passes Through Sembawang, Yishun, TPE, Changi Airport
Route Length 55.0 km
Journey Time ~90 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Sembawang–Yishun Bus Package
Current Operator SMRT Buses Ltd
Current Depot Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot
Current Fleet 18-metre Articulated Bus:
– MAN NG363F
12-metre Single Deck Bus:
– Mercedes-Benz Citaro
Departure Times
Weekdays, except Public Holidays:
From Jalan Kayu (Bef Seletar Camp G): Weekdays AM Peak Hours
Weekends & Public Holidays:
From Woodlands Temp Int: Morning to Evening Hours

Short Trip Service 858B is a trunk service operating from Woodlands and ends at Jalan Kayu (Aft Seletar Camp G).

As a Short-Trip Service, the route operates daily with different starting points on Weekdays and Weekends / Public Holidays.

Service 858B supplements the high demand for Bus Service 858 commuters to Changi Airport.

Originally operating from Jalan Kayu (Bef Seletar Camp G) to Jalan Kayu (Aft Seletar Camp G) during Weekday Morning Peak Hours, the service was enhanced on 18 May 2019 to start from Woodlands Temp Int and serves Changi Airport before terminating at Jalan Kayu (Aft Seletar Camp G).

Buses on Service 858B will have a notice placed on the windscreen. It was observed that some Bus Captains only switched their bus Electronic Destination Sign to Service 858B – Ends at Aft Seletar Camp only at Changi Airport.

Departure Timings
  • From Woodlands Temp Int:
    Weekends & Public Holidays – Morning to Evening Hours
  • From Jalan Kayu (Bef Seletar Camp G):
    Weekdays AM Peak Hours

Fare: Charges regular distance fares for trunk services. See Bus Fares.

MRT Stations Served Gallery:

Operator History:

  • 1 Feb 2016  Present: SMRT Buses Ltd

Route History:

  • 2016 (01 Feb): Introduced from Jalan Kayu (Bef Seletar Camp G) to Jalan Kayu (Aft Seletar Camp G) via Changi Airport.
  • 2019 (19 May): Enhanced to operate on Weekends and Public Holidays, starting from Woodlands Temp Int

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Premium Bus Service 521 is a Premium service operated by RushOwl from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to the City and vice versa. The route passes through the Clarke Quay and Somerset area, operating nine trips on Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays.

521
Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal ↺ River Valley Rd
Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (Bus Bay)
Tanah Merah Ferry Rd
01029
Cosmic Insurance Bldg
North Bridge Rd
04251
Opp High St Ctr
North Boat Quay
04211
Clarke Quay
River Valley Rd
04331
Bef Fort Canning Stn
River Valley Rd
08137
Orchard Plaza
Orchard Rd
08069
Bencoolen Stn Exit B
Bras Basah Rd
01511
Opp The Gateway
Beach Rd
Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (Bus Bay)
Tanah Merah Ferry Rd
Technical Information
Route
Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal ↺ River Valley Rd
Passes Through River Valley Rd, Orchard Rd, Bras Basah Rd
Travelling Time 60 mins
Operator Information
Current Operator RushOwl Singapore Pte Ltd
Departure Times from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal
Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays:
0830hrs, 0945hrs, 1115hrs, 1420hrs, 1535hrs, 1650hrs, 1805hrs, 1920hrs & 2035hrs
Fare EZ Link Card: $3.50 | Cash: $4.00

Premium 521 serves Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal with a direct bus connection to and from the City, eliminating the hassle of transferring between different modes of transport.

Departure Timings

Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays

  • From Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal: 0830hrs, 0945hrs, 1115hrs, 1420hrs, 1535hrs, 1650hrs, 1805hrs, 1920hrs & 2035hrs
Fare
  • EZ Link Card: $3.50
  • Cash: $4.00
External Links

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In May 2019, 易搭製作 Easy Access Production launched the limited edition “ADL Enviro500 3-Door Concept Bus” QBus Model.

易搭製作 Easy Access Production retails a series of small model buses called QBuses. Local retailer Let’s Play sold the QBus Model at $25 each through pre-orders on Facebook. The models were quickly snapped up and they are no longer taking reservations.

The model is also sold by user “eap_sg” on Carousell at the same price. However, as of 6 May 2019, the first batch of model buses are sold out and the 2nd Batch of Qbus is expected to arrive by Mid-May.

As a limited edition item, only 550 ADL Enviro500 3-Door Concept Bus Q Models were produced by Easy Access Productions.

QBus

The limited edition bus (Model Number EAP18006) is decorated with the Lush Green livery and SGBUS decals, but without any operator logo. The Electronic Destination Signs show the SGBUS Logo on the front and side, while “Off Svc” at the rear.

Each bus comes on a plastic base plate, with a clear acetate display case and a colour card outer box. As part of the packaging, stickers for rim guards as well as the Electronic Destination Signs (Singapore Buses & Alexander Dennis Logo) are provided for users to customise their bus. In addition, a limited edition certification comes in the form of a paper card, stating its serial number (out of 550 buses produced).

Note: The figurines pictured are from LTA Transport Collectibles launched in March 2016. These figurines were given away for free as part of a publicity campaign leading up to the Our Bus Journey Carnivals, where the ADL Enviro500 3-Door Concept Bus was showcased to the public.

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For the Concept Bus unveiled in 2016, see Alexander Dennis Enviro500 Concept Bus.

Alexander Dennis Enviro500 (3 Door)
Concept rendering of the ADL 3-Door Double Decker Bus (Photo: ADL)
Manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL)
Bodywork Enviro500 MMC Facelift
Years in operation 2020 onward
Operators
Technical Data
Length 12.5 metre
Engine TBC
Transmission TBC
Accessibility Low Floor & Wheelchair-accessible
Emission Standard Euro VI (SCR)

Following the public showcase in 2016 and the revenue service trial of a 3-Door concept bus in 2017, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) initiated purchases of 100 3-Door Euro 6 Diesel Double Decker Buses in May 2018.

Under Contract PT342 – Procurement of 3-Door Euro 6 Double Deck Diesel Buses awarded on 25 April 2019, Alexander Dennis would deliver fifty units of these buses, with deliveries expected in 2020. The remaining fifty buses would be fulfilled by ST Engineering Land Systems.

The Alexander Dennis Enviro500 (3 Door) Bus is based on the Alexander Dennis Enviro500 Concept Bus, which was one of two concept buses displayed to the public during the LTA’s Our Bus Journey carnivals held in 2016. The concept bus was purchased by LTA in 2015 (under Contract PT236).

These 50 new Alexander Dennis Enviro500 (3 Door) Buses would join the existing operational fleet of 216 Alexander Dennis Enviro500 public buses in Singapore, procured in 2 batches. They will also be the first Euro 6 Enviro500 buses in Singapore.

Technical Information: History of the Enviro500 (Click to expand)

The Enviro500 is part of the Enviro series of Dennis low-floor buses which was launched in 2002. The original Enviro500 was produced by Dennis (then known as TransBus International) modified from a Dennis Trident 3 (hence the original name Trident E500).

In late 2003, a face-lifted version was offered; the second-generation Enviro500 (or Enviro500 MkII), featuring both modified chassis and bodywork. The Enviro bodywork was also compatible with the Volvo B9TL chassis, and Kowloon Motor Bus of Hong Kong acquired over 80 such vehicles. From May 2004, when Transbus International was reorganized into Alexander Dennis Limited, or ADL (while absorbing Walter Alexander Coachbuilders and Dennis Specialist Vehicles), future Enviro500s would be marketed under ADL.

Originally offered with the Euro III Cummins ISMe335 (also from the Trident 3), the more environmentally-friendly Cummins ISLe340 option was available in Euro IV and Euro V ratings, relying on Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology to reduce emissions. Voith or ZF transmissions with SensoTop or TopoDyn fuel-saving features are offered for the Euro V rating. A hybrid electric version (Enviro500H) is also offered, using GM-Allison’s parallel hybrid drive system. Cummins also offers Euro VI-rated engines for newer Enviro500 buses.

In 2012, Alexander Dennis revealed the third-generation Enviro500 aimed at the Hong Kong market. Named the Enviro500 MMC (for Major Model Change), it boasts a new exterior styling adapted from the Enviro400, along with an all-new interior. The new chassis features improved maintainability, reliability and reduced operating costs. New design features included offsetting the longitudinally-mounted engine and gearbox, along with a safer straight staircase and fuel tank underneath the stairs, a design feature adapted from the Enviro400. The chassis was offered in lengths between 11.3m and 13.0m lengths. A rear-axle steering system is also made available, supplied by ZF (Servocom® RAS).

The Enviro500 MMC is also known as the Enviro500NG (for New Generation), Trident E500 Turbo, or simply E50D (with ‘D’ indicating diesel) or E50H (with ‘H’ for hybrid). The Hybrid variant was made available in 2013, incorporating a series hybrid drive-train by BAE Systems (HybriDrive series-E), achieving the Euro VI emission standard.

According to Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), the bus will feature a full-flat floor design along with three passenger doors and two staircases, one at the front and one at the rear of the vehicle, allowing commuters to move through the vehicle quickly and safely. It will also use the latest aluminium composite body technology and a host of new safety and energy-saving features.

Initial concept renderings reveal that the rearmost axle is used as the drive axle, which differs from the standard Enviro500 offering where the middle axle is the drive axle.  Significant redesigning work would also have been involved to relocate engine Bay components to accommodate the third door and full flat floor design.

Exterior:

Several concept renders were released by LTA and Alexander Dennis shortly after the announcement of the tender result.

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On 25 April 2019, LTA awarded a contract for the Procurement of 3-Door Euro 6 Double Deck Diesel Buses (Contract Ref. PT342) to 2 different tenderers. Each tenderer will deliver 50 buses each.

S/N Buses Tenderer Sum Awarded
1 50 Three-Door Double Decker Buses Alexander Dennis (Singapore) Services Pte Ltd ~34 million
2 50 Three-Door Double Decker Buses ST Engineering Land Systems Ltd ~30 million

The 100 Three-Door Euro 6 Double Decker Buses enter revenue service from 2020. Details regarding the depot and bus service allocation for the buses will be announced closer to the implementation date.


Background

Tender PT342 for Procurement of 3-Door Euro 6 Double Deck Diesel Buses was put up by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on 15 May 2018. As part of the tender, 100 buses will be procured.

Specifications

Similar to the previous tender of Euro 6 Double Deck buses released in December 2017, these new buses are Euro 6 (or Euro VI)-compliant, representing the latest in emission standards which came into effect since 1 January 2018 for all new diesel vehicles registered in Singapore.

Similar to the ADL Enviro500 Mock-Up Bus exhibited in 2016, the 3-door double-deck bus will have one entrance and two exit doors. The rearmost exit door will be behind the rear axle. In addition, the bus will have two staircases and built in a fully-low-floor design. The bus is limited to a maximum length of 12.5 metres.

New requirements imposed by the LTA for new buses include an enhanced Passenger Information Display System (PIDS) comprising LED text displays, LCD display screens and interior speakers. In addition, an exterior-facing display screen and an external speaker is included. An Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), driver anti-fatigue detection system, high-definition CCTV cameras, and passenger counters at entrance and exit doors of the bus are among the additional specifications required by LTA.

The buses will also be equipped with 2 wheelchair bays. The Diesel-Hybrid buses (Volvo 7900 Hybrid), conventional Euro 6 Double Deck Diesel buses and Electric buses will also feature 2 wheelchair bays.

Design Challenges

Prior to this tender, European bus manufacturers typically made fully-low-floor chassis for the left-hand-drive (LHD) market, such as in Europe where similar 3-door, fully-low-floor buses are operated. Given that the tender called for a right-hand-drive (RHD), full-low-floor diesel bus with a third door at the rear overhang, it would be a challenge for bus manufacturers to modify their existing designs to deliver this (relatively) small batch of buses to LTA in the most economical way.

The second staircase at the rear will likely be of a spiral design to conserve seating space on the upper deck, much like the ADL Enviro500 Mock-Up Bus. It is believed that feedback from the revenue service trial of the MAN Lion’s City DD L Concept Bus (SG5999Z) was unfavourable with regards to the safety of the front-facing rear staircase, which put passengers at risk of falling forwards when the bus had to brake suddenly. A retractable barrier was retrofitted after its debut, which prevents upper deck commuters from accessing the rear staircase when the bus is in motion, and only opens when the bus is at a stop.

Tender Process

As of tender closing time on 23 July 2018 at 4:00PM, participants of the tender are as follows:

S/No Tenderer Price (for 100 buses)
1. Alexander Dennis (Singapore) Services Pte Ltd To Be Announced
2. ST Engineering Land Systems Ltd To Be Announced
3. Volvo East Asia (Pte) Ltd To Be Announced
Previous Three-door Bus Trials

Previous three-door bus trials included the MAN Lion’s City DD L Concept Bus with Tower Transit (on Bus Service 143), the MAN Lion’s City SD 3-Door trial with SMRT Buses (on Bus Service 190 & 901), as well as the Alexander Dennis Enviro500 Concept Bus Mock Up featured during the Our Bus Journey Bus Carnival in 2016.

Currently, the MAN Lion’s City DD L Bus is operated by SBS Transit on Bus Service 7.

MAN Lion’s City DD L Concept Bus:

MAN Lion’s City SD 3-Door Bus:

Alexander Dennis Enviro500 Concept Bus Mock Up:

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Integrated Train Testing Centre
Location Tuas
Opening End-2022

On 24 April 2019, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced that it was constructing a new Integrated Train Testing Centre (ITTC) to perform integrated systems testing for all new and existing MRT lines.

Introduction

Occupying a site of approximately 50 hectares at the former Raffles Country Club site, the ITTC will be equipped to robustly test trains and other core railways systems (e.g. electrical, mechanical and signalling systems) around the clock, without affecting passenger services on the main lines.

The facility is similar to testing centres in other countries with extensive rail networks, such as Germany, Korea and Japan. As indicated from site plans, the ITTC is not expected to be connected to the existing rail network, despite being in close proximity to Tuas Depot.

Benefits

The ITTC allows for robust testing of trains and integrated systems before they are deployed on operational lines. This approach frees up precious engineering hours for other activities, such as railway maintenance, and reduces the need for Early Closures and Late Openings in the future. As such, the ITTC will support ongoing efforts to renew, upgrade and expand the rail network.

The LTA also expects to be able to speed up the diagnosis and rectification of faults with the ITTC, as troubleshooting can now be done locally. Over time, the ITTC would grow into a hub for LTA and the local rail industry to develop deeper Operations and Maintenance competencies and achieve engineering excellence.

The facility will provide railway workers with training opportunities, giving them a first-hand understanding of the intricacies of new rail systems before they are deployed. The rolling stock facility at the ITTC can carry out mid-life train refurbishment projects.  Furthermore, the ITTC can also serve as a testing ground for the local rail industry to evaluate new railway infrastructure, develop proofs-of-concept, as well as to conduct research and development into railway technologies.

Test Tracks & Facilities

The ITCC will include various test tracks, such as the:

  • Endurance Loop Test Track
  • Performance and Integration Loop Test Track
  • Straight High-speed Test Track

In addition to the various test tracks and supporting infrastructure, the ITTC will contain the following facilities:

  • Offices
  • Operations Control Centre (OCC)
  • Train Maintenance Workshop
  • Train Refurbishment Workshop
Trains

The facility will start receiving Alstom Metropolis C851E in around end-2022. 11 trainsets are being delivered to support the Circle Line Stage 6.

Construction

The LTA would be calling for a tender to design and build the ITTC later in 2019, with constructed expected to start in mid-2020.

Testing Centres in other countries

Railway Testing Centres in other countries are built for the same reasons; as a way to rigorously test new railway technologies without the constraints of commercially-used rail lines. Apart from rolling stock, Testing Centres can accommodate all sorts of railway technologies, such as track or catenary components. They can be either privately-owned or state-owned.

Test Centres are also located in close proximity to train manufacturing facilities for testing prior to delivery. Many types of rolling stock which have been delivered to Singapore have been photographed in Testing Centres at their region of manufacture.

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Jewel Changi Airport officially opened to the public on 17 April 2019, after 6 days of Preview from 11 – 16 April 2019.

A two-way Shuttle Bus will operate between Jewel and Changi Airport Terminal 4. One-way Shuttle Buses will also operate from Jewel to Bedok, Tampines and Sengkang MRT Stations. These services are provided for free and will operate from 11 to 21 April 2019. Operating details can be found below.

Jewel can be easily accessed using walkways leading from Changi Airport Terminals 1, 2 and 3 and Changi Airport MRT Station. Alternatively, visitors can also take public buses 24, 27, 34, 36, 53, 110, 858 to Changi Airport Terminal 1.

Terminal 4 JEWEL Shuttle Bus Service
Terminal 4 Arrival Hall JEWEL

Terminal 1 Coach Bays A – C
(Level 1)

Terminal 4 Coach Bay 
10am to 1am
Every 5 minutes

The Terminal 4 to Jewel Shuttle Bus Service caters to guests whom park their car at Changi Airport Terminal 4 Car Park 4A & 4B. Two variants are operated, with buses picking up / dropping off guests at either the Terminal 4 Arrival Hall – South Taxi Stand (Level 1) or the Terminal 4 Coach Bay.



JEWEL → Heartlands Shuttle Services

The Pick Up Point can be accessed via Level 1 of Jewel, next to the Early Check In Area.

Route Pick Up Point Operating Hours Frequency
JEWEL → EW2DT32 Tampines MRT Station Terminal 1 Coach Bay H
(Level 1)
3.00pm – 1.00am Before 10pm: 20 minutes
After 10pm: 10 minutes
JEWEL → EW5 Bedok MRT Station Terminal 1 Coach Bay I
(Level 1)
3.00pm – 1.00am Before 10pm: 20 minutes
After 10pm: 10 minutes
JEWEL → NE16STC Sengkang MRT / LRT Station Terminal 1 Coach Bay F
(Level 1)
3.00pm – 1.00am Before 10pm: 30 minutes
After 10pm: 15 minutes

Drop Off Points at MRT Stations

  • Tampines MRT Station
    Drop Off point along Tampines Central 4
  • Bedok MRT Station
    Bus Stop 84031: Bedok Stn Exit B, New Upper Changi Road
  • Sengkang MRT Station
    Bus Stop 67409: Sengkang Stn, Sengkang East Way

One-way bus services are available from Jewel to 3 MRT Station in the Heartlands for the convenience of visitors. No boarding is allowed at Tampines, Bedok & Sengkang MRT Stations.

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Jewel is located at 78 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819663

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