Opening of Tuas West Extension

Last edited 19 Jun 2017 – UPDATED for corrections

The Tuas West Extension of the East-West Line will be opened on 18 June 2017 to the public.

Comprising of four above-ground MRT stations, EW30 Gul Circle, EW31 Tuas Crescent, EW32 Tuas West Road, and EW33 Tuas Link, serving the Jurong and Tuas Industrial Estates, the Tuas West Extension will bring commuters more convenience for significant travel time savings.

In addition, the project also included the Tuas Viaduct which opened in February this year, the Tuas MRT Depot, and a new bus terminal on the roof of the train depot. The train depot has started receiving trains but the bus terminal will only commence operations in the near future.

To enhance last-mile connectivity between the MRT stations and the factories in the area, the Land Transport Authority has implemented a slew of bus service changes in the area. We will be sharing more details of the bus service changes below.

An open house of the Tuas West Extension will be held on 16 May 2017, 12.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. Visitors may ride trains on the new Extension for free, and participate in many activities held at the carnival. This is similar to the Downtown Line 2 Carnival held less than two years ago. All four stations will be opened for the public to enjoy a sneak preview.

To raise awareness of the Extension, the Authority has organised many roving exhibitions at four stations along the existing East-West Line. More details of the roving exhibitions can be found in the Authority’s Press Release.

The entire Tuas West Extension is only fitted with the new signalling system. Therefore, trains will switch their on-board system from the old Fixed-Block system to the Moving Block system at EW28 Pioneer MRT Station. This will take about 2 minutes. The same applies for eastbound trains from Tuas Link; they will have to switch from the new to the old systems at Pioneer as well. The Moving Block system will be permanently activated between Pioneer and EW29 Joo Koon MRT Stations to allow smooth transitions.

Trains will no longer have to switch systems once the Moving Block system is fully activated to the entire East-West Line in 2018.

Only one train every four to five minutes during peak hours and every eight to ten minutes during off-peak hours will​ serve the Extension when opened. This will be every alternate train. All other trains will terminate at Joo Koon. Passengers are advised to check the destination on the platform display screens if heading to Tuas.

The first and last​ train timings along the Extension are as follows:

  • East-Bound Service towards Pasir Ris

    Station

    First Train towards

    Pasir Ris

    Last Train towards  Pasir Ris

    Mon – Sat

    Sun/ PH

    Daily

    EW33 Tuas Link

    0519

    0549

    2320

    EW32 Tuas West Road

    0521

    0551

    2322

    EW31 Tuas Crescent

    0523

    0553

    2324

    EW30 Gul Circle

    0526

    0556

    2327

  • West-Bound Service towards Tuas Link

    Station

    First Train towards

    Tuas Link

    Last Train towards Tuas Link

    Mon – Sat

    Sun/ PH

    Daily

    EW30 Gul Circle

    0530

    0600

    0041

    EW31 Tuas Crescent

    0532

    0602

    0043

    EW32 Tuas West Road

    0534

    0604

    0045

    EW33 Tuas Link (Arr)

    0537

    0607

    0048

To tie in with the new MRT stations, six bus services – 192, 193, 247, 248, 254, 256, and 258 – will be changed from 18 June 2017.

Bus Services 247 and 248 are new bus services, Bus Service 256 will be withdrawn, and Bus Services 192, 254, and 258 will receive route amendments to serve the new MRT Stations. Bus Service 193 will have two new bus stops added to its route – 24719 and 24711.

Please refer to the following posters for more details.

Credits:

  • SBST
  • Singapore Public Transportation
  • SMRT
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Bus Service 256 (SBS Transit Ltd)

Information in this article with effect from 18 Jun 2017 – Withdrawal of service

Bus Service 256 has been withdrawn from 18 June 2017. The archived information below are previous details of the Bus Service before its withdrawal.

Bus Service 256 is a Jurong Industrial service from Boon Lay, looping at Joo Koon, via Jurong West, Pioneer and Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim.

Service 256 Information

RouteWheelchair-accessible

Boon Lay Interchange – Joo Koon Interchange (Loop)

Operator

SBS Transit Limited

Departure Times

Weekdays: 0545 – 2320

Saturdays: 0545 – 2320

Sundays and Public Holidays: 0545 – 2320

Frequency

0630 – 0830: 10 – 11 mins

0831 – 1659: 11 – 14 mins

1700 – 1900: 10 – 11 mins

1901 – 0629 (+1): 11 – 13 mins

Fares: Services 256 charges regular Basic Bus Service Distance fares.

Service 256 connects residential estates in Jurong West as well as industries in Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim and Pioneer to Boon Lay, Pioneer and Joo Koon MRT Stations. It loops at Joo Koon Interchange from Boon Lay Interchange, although buses may occassionally lay over at Joo Koon.

Service 256 Route Information:

LOOP SERVICE
Distance (km) Bus Stop
Code
Road / Bus Stop Description
Jurong West Ctrl 3
0.0  22009  • Boon Lay Int
Jurong West St 62
0.7  22251  • Blk 665A
1.1  22241  • Opp Blk 622
Jurong West St 61
1.3  22539  • Jurong West Pr Sch
Jurong West St 63
1.6  22521  • Blk 651A
Pioneer Rd Nth
1.8  22469  • Blk 653B
2.1  22189  • Pioneer Junction
2.5  22179  • Bef Secura
2.9  22169  • Aft Intl Rd
Jln Ahmad Ibrahim
3.8  23011  • Carrier Transicold Pte Ltd
4.6  23021  • Aft Benoi Sector
5.1  23031  • Bef Benoi Flyover
Benoi Rd
5.7  23371  • Bef Joo Koon Int
Joo Koon Circle
6.0  24009  • Joo Koon Int
Benoi Rd
6.8  23519  • Opp FairPrice Hub
Jln Ahmad Ibrahim
7.2  23039  • Aft Benoi Flyover
7.7  23029  • Stamford Tyre
8.4  23019  • Nippon Paint
Pioneer Rd Nth
9.1  22161  • Aft Lok Yang Way
9.6  22171  • Opp Secura S’pore
10.0  22181  • S’pore Post
10.3  22461  • Opp Blk 653B
Jurong West St 63
10.6  22529  • Blk 649A
Jurong West St 61
10.9  22531  • Opp Jurong West Pr Sch
Jurong West St 62
11.1  22249  • Blk 622
11.5  22259  • Blk 668D
Jurong West Ctrl 3
12.0  22009  • Boon Lay Int

Bus stops shown in Orange are wheelchair-inaccessible. * denotes no boarding and alighting, ** for no boarding and *** for no alighting.

Route History:

Credits:

Transitlink e-Guide

Last edited on 22 May 2017 – UPDATE for withdrawal of service (18 Jun 2017)