The global pandemic caused KEITH JENKINSON to cut short a holiday in the city state where he was able to witness how its scheduled bus services adapted to the fast developing emergency

Despite having to return to the UK earlier than planned owing to the increasing number of flight cancellations, being in Singapore visiting family throughout the whole of March gave me the opportunity to watch the country and its transport network come to terms with the coronavirus pandemic.

The driver and a passenger alongside are wearing face masks on SBS Transit SG1785A, an MAN Lion’s City NL323F new in 2018, at Finlayson Green on route 70 to Shenton Way bus station.

Singapore’s bus services are controlled by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and maintained by four operators, arms length state-owned SMRT (1,450 buses); SBS Transit (3,512) in which ComfortDelGro has a 75% share; Go-Ahead (438); and Tower Transit (357), the last two of which made their debut in 2016 when the LTA franchised routes under its Bus Contracting Model tendering process.

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