On 18 December, a new bus interchange was launched at Tampines, providing more connectivity and features that are friendly for elderly and the disabled. Here are facts that you will have to know.
1. New bus services: 127 and 129
Service 127 provides a direct link between Tampines Bus Interchange and Tampines Industrial Avenue 5 via Tampines Concourse, Tampines Avenue 9 and Tampines Avenue 10. This will enhance connectivity to housing developments along Tampines Concourse and Tampines Avenue 9, and the employment centre within Tampines Wafer Fab Park.
Service 129 operates between the new Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange and the St Michael’s Bus Terminal via Tampines Avenue 1, Bartley Road East, Bartley MRT Station, Braddell MRT Station, Toa Payoh MRT Station, Jalan Rajah and Jalan Tenteram. It will complement the rail network coverage and enhance inter-town connectivity between Tampines and Toa Payoh via the Bartley Viaduct.
2. Relocation of services 18 and 39
Services 18 and 39 will be relocated to operate from the new Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange, which is an extension of the existing Tampines Bus Interchange. Service 18 will also call at a pair of new bus stops along Tampines Central 1, outside the Tampines Bus Interchange.
3. 40 Bicycle Lots
The Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange will also have 40 bicycle lots for commuters who cycle to-and-fro, in line with the Government’s move to improve first-and-last mile connectivity for public transport.
4. Facilities for elderly and the disabled
There will be a dedicated boarding point and graduated kerb edges for those in wheelchairs and priority queues with seats for the elderly and the disabled.
5. Added facilities
Other than the facilities for the elderly and the disabled, there is also a phone-charging station, a water cooler and a baby nursing room. This helps to make the experience of commuters of different needs a more pleasant and seamless one.
6. Sheltered walkway
The distance between the new and existing interchange is 250 metres. However, the two are connected by a barrier-free and sheltered walkway. Thus, commuters do not have to worry even on rainy days, allowing them to travel easily and safely.
With these new facilities, commuters would have a more pleasant experience, making it easier for families to travel using public transport.
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