5 MRT Stations To Have Shortened Operating Hours In June
If there’s one thing SMRT delivers without fail, it’s early closures and late openings (ECLO).
This round of ECLO will affect 5 MRT stations along the North-South Line:
- Yio Chu Kang
They will all close earlier, at around 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and open later, at around 8am on Saturdays and Sundays.
Stations currently close at around midnight and open at 5.30am daily.
These shortened operating hours will be in place from 1 June to 1 July.
However, trains will operate normally on June 15, 16 and 17, in lieu of Hari Raya Puasa.
Train services will also be extended on the eve of Hari Raya Puasa on June 14.
How it will affect you
During the affected period, NSL services will still run normally between Jurong East and Woodlands, and Ang Mo Kio and Marina South Pier.
To help commuters get around, SMRT will launch Shutle Bus service 10 to ply between Woodlands and Ang Mo Kio.
The service will stop at designated pick-up and drop-off points near affected stations.
SMRT will also operate Express 17 between Woodlands and Bukit Panjang stations, giving commuters a direct connection to the Downtown Line.
These shuttle buses will not be free and fares will match MRT prices.
Interestingly, this means that residents served by Yio Chu Kang and Khatib will have to endure 2 months of ECLO, since they were affected by May’s ECLO as well. No word yet on why these stations need extra attention.
Will confusion and chaos ensue?
We see the importance of ECLO – SMRT Trains chief Mr Lee Ling Wee said engineering teams are “making good progress” on renewal, maintenance and rectification works, thanks to the additional hours available on weekends.
But that doesn’t mean commuters don’t get frustrated.
The most recent round of ECLO opened to chaos at Newton MRT station, as reported two weeks ago.
Since ECLO is turning out to be a monthly affair, we hope that SMRT continues to train staff to handle crowds in a professional manner.
For those lucky enough to be unaffected, don’t count your blessings just yet.
Will the next round of ECLO affect a station near you? Only time – or SMRT – can tell.
Featured image from Land Transport Authority.