Lacking amenities near their new flats, former Tanglin Halt residents keep going back


So, in June, she was pleasantly surprised to see a banner hung at the pick-up point where she would be waiting for the FaithActs minivan. It said Queenstown grassroots organizations were offering a free bus service to take residents of Margaret Drive to Tanglin Halt on weekend mornings.

Implemented at the suggestion of Eric Chua, the Member of Parliament for the area, the service runs at 45-minute intervals from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. It was tested on Sunday morning, but has since been extended to Saturday as well.

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The service, he said, was started partly out of convenience, partly out of nostalgia, and partly to benefit the merchants and peddlers who still operate in Tanglin Halt.

He sees an average of 50 to 60 residents using the service every Sunday.

It is scheduled to run until the end of this month, but it is “quite possible” that it could be extended, he said. “We consult with the residents before making a decision.”

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