SBS Transit has announced the launch of the new Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange, which is connected to the Tampines Bus interchange via a 250-metre barrier-free sheltered walkway, will open for passenger service on Sunday (18 December).
It said that the new Interchange will boast a wide range of services including an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), a mobile phone charging station, passengers-in-wheelchairs (PIW) waiting area and a baby nursing room.
Three bus services will operate from this new interchange: Services 18 and 39, which are existing bus services, and Service 129, which is a new service.
- Services 18 & 39: Both services will start from Tampines Concourse Interchange instead of Tampines Bus Interchange.
- Service 129: A new service, it will ply between Tampines and Whampoa via Toa Payoh.
SBS noted that services 18 and 129 will also call at a new pair of bus stops along Tampines Central 1 outside the Tampines Bus Interchange.
Publicity posters of the interchange opening as well as route details of the three services have been put up at affected bus interchanges, bus stops and on buses to inform commuters of the changes.
According to the statement, equipped fully with barrier-free facilities, the Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange will have a boarding point and graduated kerb edges to facilitate boarding of PIW. Bicycle lots are also provided for commuters who cycle to the interchange to transfer to the buses
It also stated that commuters who require assistance may approach the staff at the Passenger Service Office. Directional signages, banners and directional maps are also available in the interchange.
SBS noted that additional staff will be deployed at the new Tampines Concourse Interchange during the first few days of the opening to provide assistance to commuters. Similarly, staff will also be on hand to inform commuters of the changes at the Tampines Bus Interchange.