Train Services on Downtown Line to Start Later at 7.30am on Sundays to Facilitate Systems Integration Testing

Last edited 13 May 2017 – UPDATE for SBST FB Post

Train services on the Downtown Line (DTL) from Bukit Panjang to Chinatown stations will commence later at 7.30am on Sundays from 14 May 2017 to 27 Aug 2017, excluding the Hari Raya Puasa weekend on 25 Jun 2017. This is to facilitate the testing of the entire DTL as an integrated line in preparation for the opening of DTL3 by end-2017.

In addition to the usual three engineering hours per night to run tests, two more hours are required for these test runs as one full round-trip loop between Bukit Panjang and Expo stations will take about 2.5 hours.

Affected commuters can use existing public bus services, such as 66, 67, 75, 170/170A, 171, 190, 700A, 960, 961, 970 and 972 to travel between the Downtown Line corridor and the City area. They can also use these bus services to transfer to the other rail lines to continue their travel on the rail network.

A shuttle bus service that runs parallel to the DTL1 and DTL2 alignment and stops at each of the 18 DTL1 and DTL2 stations will also be provided.

Card fares for this shuttle bus service will follow the DTL fare structure. Cash fares will be at $1.50 for adults and Workfare Transport Concession Scheme users; $1.00 for Senior Citizens and Persons with Disability; and $0.50 for students.

The shuttle bus service will run at the following headways:

Shuttle Bus Direction Headway before 6.30am Headway from 6.30 to 7.30am
Bukit Panjang to Chinatown 10 min 6 min
Chinatown to Bukit Panjang 9 min 9 min

Sunday first train departure timings can be found at

The shuttle bus services will operate as Rail Replacement Services from the respective official Bridging Bus boarding points.

The first bus from Bukit Panjang toward Chinatown will depart at 5.30 a.m., while the first bus from Chinatown toward Bukit Panjang will depart at 6.28 a.m.


  • SBS Transit Ltd
  • Singapore Public Transportation

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