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Free shuttle buses to Changi Airport from Sengkang and Ang Mo Kio October 5, 2010

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In a bid to attract more weekend shoppers to the airport, Changi Airport is running free shuttle buses to Sengkang and Ang Mo Kio MRT stations on weekends and public holidays. Buses will come every hour between 11.30am and 10pm. For now, the shuttles have been scheduled to run until 27 March next year. The buses used are by Woodlands Transport, the company currently running the free Budget Terminal shuttle bus to Terminal 2.

For more information on pick-up points and timings, please refer to Changi Airport’s website.

SBS Transit CityShopper services to be withdrawn July 25, 2009

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One of the earlier routes to go was service 576 from Tampines.

One of the earlier routes to go was service 576 from Tampines.

The inevitable is finally going to happen.

What started out as a set of eight premium bus services catering to HDB heartlanders going into the Orchard Road and Suntec City shopping districts, initially dwindled to just four, then three, and from next week, zero.

While the idea behind these routes was brilliant, what failed them was their very nature running as premium bus services. While the rides into town may be faster and more comfortable since seats are guaranteed, the fares (at $3.10 onwards) are simply too much for the typical HDB resident to part with. Especially so when the feeder bus-train combination is still very much cheaper even though slightly slower for some.

Should these routes be reclassified as basic-plus Express services, demand and patronage would definitely get an instant boost.

Services 578, 579 and 581 from Sengkang, Tampines/Simei and Punggol respectively, will be dong their final runs this Sunday 26 July 2009.

The Anchorvale Link November 3, 2007

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To kick things off, here’s featuring the poster informing commuters of the latest change to happen in Sengkang.Feeder service 372, introduced on Friday 22 December 2000 as the second feeder service in Sengkang town, will be amended, basically, having its route inverted. As can be seen from the map, the 372 will now serve the (much underserved) Anchorvale area before linking it up with the (very well-served) Punggol Road area instead of the other way round previously.

It doesnt take a genius to figure out that this change is to quicken the journey time for the poor Anchorvale residents who only have one bus to rely on thanks to its geographical location which do not really allow much scope for passing-through routes to serve much of it, except for the notorious 163 and (unexpectedly) NR6.

A friend also reminded me of the useful link the 372 provides to the only true wet market in Sengkang at Rivervale Plaza, which is still quite a distance from the nearest bus stop served by the 372, especially for the elderly.

Regardless, I still think a two-plate system like the 225 or 243 would have worked better for such a perfectly round route, at the same time shaving off journey time incurred from the big loop at the eastern end.

That said, the 372 is poised to remain the only feeder service in Sengkang (following the death of sister route 371) as it doesn’t duplicate the LRT lines at all and not much new developments seem to be mushrooming away from the central Sengkang area (with the exception of 163-served Fernvale of course).