SMRT Marches On With Early Closures And Late Openings For Entire East-West Line (EWL)

And we thought that SMRT was running out of ways to surprise us. But here they are, right on track to break their own record again.

So we’ve gone from 19 stations affected in Dec 2017, to 17 stations in Jan 2018, and now a grand total of 35 stations on the East-West Line (EWL) affected in March’s maintenance, according to SMRT’s official statement.

But hey, who’s counting.


Actually, we’re just counting our lunar blessings since Chinese New Year was spared.

Jan closure applies to first weekend of Feb

Does this mean no closures or shortened hours in February? That’s not the case either.

The first weekend of February will face the same early closures, late openings, and longer train intervals as January, which you can refer to a summary we’ve done here.

The detailed schedule has also been outlined in our previous article about station closures in January.

35 stations on EWL affected

For March, train service hours for all 35 EWL stations will be shortened on selected days.

We’ve compiled the opening hours of all East-West Line stations in March for your commuting pleasure.


Stations affected are:

  • Tuas Link
  • Tuas West Road
  • Tuas Crescent
  • Gul Circle
  • Joo Koon
  • Pioneer
  • Boon Lay
  • Lakeside
  • Chinese Garden
  • Jurong East
  • Clementi
  • Dover
  • Buona Vista
  • Commonwealth
  • Queenstown
  • Redhill
  • Tiong Bahru
  • Outram Park
  • Tanjong Pagar
  • Raffles Place
  • City Hall
  • Bugis
  • Lavender
  • Kallang
  • Aljunied
  • Paya Lebar
  • Eunos
  • Kembangan
  • Bedok
  • Tanah Merah
  • Simei
  • Tampines
  • Pasir Ris
  • Expo
  • Changi Airport

Yup, that was probably a long scroll because these 35 MRT stations will be involved in early closures and late openings throughout the month of March.

But don’t fret, here’s all you need to remember for the month of March:

Fridays: Early closure at 11PM
Saturdays: Late opening at 8AM, Early closure at 11PM
Sundays: Late opening at 8AM

For two days during the week-long March school holiday, Monday (12 Mar) and Wednesday (14 Mar), the stations will be closed early at 10.30PM.

Since April Fools’ Day (1 Apr) is a Sunday, it will not be spared from a late opening at 8AM as well.

We can only hope that’s an April Fools’ Day joke by SMRT but we’re not counting on it.

Lastly, you know the drill — details for the shuttle bus arrangements during these closures will be announced at a later date.

Hang tight, fellow Singaporeans

SMRT says that these early closures and late openings in March are to allow “multiple teams to carry out maintenance and rail renewal works concurrently”.

If all goes well, the new Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) system will hopefully be up by June 2018.

Recall, the faulty CBTC system was the mastermind behind the Joo Koon train collision incident.

Commuters are advised to “plan their journeys in advance” and “seek alternative transport via other MRT lines” or bus services.

We can only hope that these early closures and late openings won’t become a monthly affair or till June do us part.

But hang tight, fellow Singaporeans.

Whether we’re stuck in a shuttle bus in a mass of sweaty bodies, or we’re patiently waiting in line for a train that’s taking forever to come, we’re all in this together.


Featured image from LTA.