Sungei Gedong Camp Now Easily Reached From Northeast

Car-less NSFs, take note. There’s a new way to get to one of the island’s most inaccessible camps, Sungei Gedong Camp.

From Friday (Aug 17), NSFs will be able to book out of the camp using GrabShuttle Plus. Previously, those relying on public transport to leave the camp had to walk out to Lim Chu Kang Road and board 975 to Bukit Panjang.

But with GrabShuttle, they can take a shuttle directly to 4 major estates:

  • Punggol
  • Sengkang
  • Pasir Ris
  • Tampines

The services will align with the book-in and book-out timing of servicemen. This means that they will only run on Friday and Sunday evenings.

Grab promises users that the Friday service will bring NSFs home by 6.30pm, giving them enough time to get ready for a night of partying at Zouk. Friday pick-up times have been set for 5.10pm.

Similarly, the Sunday service will reach camp by 9.15pm, ensuring that no NSF has to sign an extra for booking in late. Pick-up times are between 8pm and 8.30pm, depending on the location of passengers.

The pick-up and drop-off point is at Sungei Gedong Camp’s guardhouse, which means NSFs can avoid the long walk from the camp to Lim Chu Kang Road.

How it works

GrabShuttle Plus is an on-demand service. NSFs will need to book the service up to 3 days in advance to guarantee a seat on the bus – and best part is, it calls at any bus stop in the allocated neighbourhood.

Prices for the service range between $4.50 and $5. In comparison, a standard taxi between Sungei Gedong Camp and Punggol Waterway Point costs about $25 on a Friday evening. Even if you split that among 4 passengers, you’d still end up paying more.

Netizens praised Grab’s move, saying it was a welcome alternative to taxis and public transport.

Giving servicemen an easier way to carry out their national duty? Yes, please.

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