The Land Transport Authority (LTA) and SMRT Trains announced today (11 Feb) that train services along their Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) will start operating later on weekends from 26 February 2022.
From 26 February 2022 all the way to 29 May 2022, train services on the line on Saturdays and Sundays will start at 8am instead.
As for timings for the first trains and last trains on weekdays, they remain as status quo, typically starting at 5.48am and ending around midnight everyday.
Later start time allows time for testing
Both the LTA and SMRT said that starting the services later on weekends will allow more time for engineering staff to test the integrated systems and trains for stations which are already operational as of today.
The TEL line currently runs from Woodlands North to Caldecott.
The later start time will also allow SMRT to test the systems for the next stage of the TEL’s opening which is expected to be from sometime in the second half of the year.
Public advised to check on the operating hours
Both the LTA and SMRT also advised the public to check on the operating hours and timings of the line before starting their journey.
There are also existing bus services such as 162/162M, 167, 855, 856 and 980 that runs along the TEL line and commuters can use them to travel instead in the affected hours.
These bus services also connects commuters to other lines such as the Circle Line and North-South Line for the commuters to continue their commute on the MRT network.
Travel information can also be accessed by the public via LTA and SMRT’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and also MyTransport.SG and SMRTConnect apps.
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