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In order to accelerate re-signalling works and improve reliability of the North-South and East-West Lines (NSEWL), 17 East West Line (EWL) MRT stations and two North-South Line (NSL) MRT stations will close earlier on Fridays and Saturdays, and open later on Saturdays and Sundays between 8 December to 31 December.
According to a statement by SMRT, the 17 EWL MRT stations are from Tiong Bahru to Tuas Link stations, while the NSL MRT stations are Bukit Batok and Bukit Gombak stations.
Shorter operating hours
Train services on the 17 EWL MRT stations and two NSL MRT stations will end at 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Services will also start later (at 8am) on Saturdays and Sundays.
Full day closure
Apart from the shorter operating hours, there will be two full Sunday closures on the 19 stations – from Tiong Bahru to Tuas Link on the EWL, and Bukit Batok and Bukit Gombak stations on the NSL – on 10 December and 17 December.
Parallel shuttle bus services provided
To minimise inconvenience to commuters parallel shuttle buses will be provided along affected MRT stations during affected hours with fares for shuttle bus services following the rail fare structure.
Commuters can also continue their travel on alternative rail lines such as the Circle Line and Downtown Line.
During this period, station staff will be deployed to assist and guide commuters. More details on the first and last train timings at affected stations will be provided by SMRT over the next few days.
Suspended train services between Joo Koon and Gul Circle
Additionally, The Straits Times reported that train services have been suspended between Joo Koon and Gul Circle stations til mid-2018. During this period, commuters will have to take a free shuttle bus between the stations in order to continue their journey. Fares will be charged as if they have taken a train straight through.
The Straits Times also pointed out that there will be disruption to services will happen at other stations along the NSL and EWL in the first half of next year, with more details revealed closer to the dates.
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