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     FrontPage Edition: Wed 23 Nov 2005

Buangkok MRT Station to open in January 2006


Minister for Transport, Mr Yeo Cheow Tong, announced today[1] that Buangkok MRT station will open in January 2006.
Minister Yeo had, in August, asked the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to review the potential ridership in the area and to assess the likely patronage of Buangkok MRT station if it were in operations.
LTA has completed its study which concludes that there will be insufficient ridership in the area to sustain the opening of Buangkok station until 2008.
The review took into consideration the latest schedule of completion of new residential development around the station, the public transport usage pattern today, and information on travel characteristics from the 2004 Household Interview Survey.
Notwithstanding this, the LTA has recommended that Buangkok Station be opened early to better serve the residents of the recently-completed housing developments in the vicinity of the station and to provide additional public transport choices for residents in Hougang North and Sengkang South.
SBS Transit has agreed even though the projected station patronage is unlikely to make the station commercially viable. In arriving at this decision, SBS Transit informed the Ministry that they had considered the fact that through efficiency improvements, they have managed to keep operating costs lower than originally expected, thereby reducing the operating losses for the North East Line.
The opening of Buangkok MRT station will benefit the residents of newly completed residential developments in the vicinity as well as upcoming developments such as Phase 1 of the Coris development due for completion in the first quarter of next year.

Issued by: Ministry of Transport

Date: 11 November 2005

[1] Minister Yeo was speaking to reporters at a doorstop interview at the Airbus A380 event today (11 Nov 2005).

Source: Press Release 11 Nov 2005

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