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Shortened operational hours in March along all 35 East-West Line MRT stations

Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) has announced that train service hours will be shortened on selected days in March along all 35 East-West Line (EWL) MRT Stations.

Shortened operational hours for the month of March will involve all 35 MRT stations along the EWL (Pasir Ris to Tuas Link, Tanah Merah to Changi Airport). In addition to shorter operational hours on weekends, the early closure and late opening arrangements will include Monday, 12 March and Wednesday, 14 March during the week-long school holiday.

“Information on shuttle bus arrangements for the planned closures in March will be announced at a later date,” SMRT added.

“The shorter operational hours on all 35 MRT stations in the month of March, will allow multiple teams to carry out maintenance and rail renewal works concurrently,” it said, adding that this will also accelerate the implementation of the Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) system on the EWL by June 2018.

SMRT noted that since 5 January 2018, ten MRT stations on the East-West Line (EWL) from Paya Lebar to Pasir Ris and from Tanah Merah to Changi Airport have had their operational hours shortened on weekends, while train services on the southern stretch of the North-South Line (NSL) between Orchard and Marina South Pier MRT stations have been operating at longer intervals late at night and early in the morning on weekends.

It is said that the adjustments to train operations will allow maintenance teams more time for rail renewal and maintenance works, which will continue until the first weekend in February 2018 (2 – 4 February 2018).

SMRT noted that the ten MRT stations on the EWL will continue to close earlier on Friday and Saturday (2 and 3 February), and open later on Saturday and Sunday (3 and 4 February), adding that there will not be any full-day closures in February.

It also said that four shuttle bus services which provide commuters with alternative transport options between these stations and to other MRT lines will continue to operate in February 2018 when train services end earlier or start later than usual.

While, on the NSL, train services between Orchard and Marina South Pier MRT stations will also continue to operate at longer intervals of 10 to 15 minutes after 11.00pm on Friday and Saturday nights (2 and 3 February), and before 7.00am on Saturday and Sunday mornings (3 and 4 February).

SMRT also told commuters to note that on 2, 3, and 4 February, there will also be no train service between City Hall and Raffles Place MRT stations on the NSL, saying that commuters travelling between these stations will need to use the EWL.


SMRT reminds commuters to get the latest updates on affected train services and alternative transport arrangements on SMRT’s website, as well as through SMRT’s Facebook and Twitter feed.

It also advised commuters to plan their journeys in advance, and seek alternative transport via other MRT lines or bus services.