The Bukit Panjang LRT (BPLRT) will be fully closed on all Sundays in October 2020 to facilitate testing of the new Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling system.
During the affected days, a rail replacement bus service LRT Shuttle B will ply Bukit Panjang LRT Service B via Petir to maintain the route for affected commuters. Rail replacement bus service LRT Shuttle A will not operate, since Service A operates only during weekday peak hours till further notice anyway. However, passengers can use the existing SMRT Bus Service 976 which duplicates Bukit Panjang LRT Service A via Senja on regular bus stops.
All Sundays in October 2020 are affected by the Bukit Panjang LRT planned closure. These are:
- 4 October 2020
- 11 October 2020
- 18 October 2020
- 25 October 2020
Rail replacement bus service LRT Shuttle B will generally operate at similar operating hours as the Bukit Panjang LRT. The buses will run every 5 to 15 minutes, at the existing LRT train fare structure rather than the road distance. LRT Shuttle B will also accept both train and bus concession passes.
Special cash fares apply at $1 for Adult and Workfare Transport Concession Card holders and $0.50 for Senior Citizen Card holders, Persons with Disabilities Card holders, and Student Concession Card holders, which could potentially be cheaper if travelling point to point without transfers to and/or from other bus or train services.
Existing bus services such as 920, 922, 974, and 976 continue to be useful to duplicate the Bukit Panjang LRT alignment on the road. Existing bus services such as 67, 171, 187, 190, and 963 continue to be useful to connect Pending/Bangkit and/or Bukit Panjang and/or Choa Chu Kang by a more direct, parallel, and frequent route.
Bukit Panjang LRT Planned Closure Infographic at LRT Stations
The infographic found at all Bukit Panjang LRT stations show the alternative parallel bus routes available during the planned Sunday closure dates.
Posters about the Rail Replacement Bus Service LRT Shuttle B are made in English, Chinese, Malay, and Tamil, and are found at all bus stops which serve affected LRT stations.
Rail Replacement Bus Service LRT Shuttle B Bus Stops
Rail Replacement Bus Service LRT Shuttle B plies the exact route of the Bukit Panjang LRT Service B via Petir, and serves all affected LRT stations directly, rather than stopping at all bus stops along the way.
LRT Stations with No Existing Dedicated Bus Stops
For LRT stations with no dedicated bus stop connected to it, but rather, are a short distance away, or not available at all, temporary tentage bus stops are positioned by the station for the LRT Shuttle B to serve it directly. Tentage bus stops have lights and fans installed for a more comfortable wait.
LRT Stations with nearby bus stop (not connected to LRT):
- Keat Hong
- Teck Whye
LRT Stations with no nearby bus stop:
The closed Keat Hong LRT Station with the temporary tentage bus stop for the LRT Shuttle B to serve the station directly.
The LRT Shuttle B serving Keat Hong LRT Station directly towards the Bukit Panjang Loop.
The LRT Shuttle B serving Keat Hong LRT Station opposite the station towards Choa Chu Kang.
LRT Stations with Existing Dedicated Bus Stops
For LRT stations with dedicated bus stops or bus interchanges connected to it, the LRT Shuttle B serves it directly.
LRT Stations with connected bus stops or bus interchanges:
- Choa Chu Kang [Interchange]
- South View
- Bukit Panjang [Interchange to Bukit Panjang Loop; Bus Stop to CCK]
LRT Shuttle B Types of Buses
The bulk of the LRT Shuttle B fleet was using SMRT Buses’ Volvo B9TL Double Deck Buses.
A small number of SMRT Buses’ MAN A95 Double Deck Buses were also seen operating on LRT Shuttle B.
Wayfinding for LRT Shuttle B Bus Captains
Like all planned rail replacement bus services, yellow signages are placed along the route to guide the bus captains driving LRT Shuttle B on which turns they should make.