That was why she was pleasantly surprised in June when she saw a banner strung up at the pick-up point where she would wait for the FaithActs minivan. It said Queenstown grassroots organisations were providing a free bus service to take Margaret Drive residents 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 7am to 10am. It was piloted on Sunday mornings but has since been extended to Saturdays as well.
The service, he said, was initiated partly for reasons of convenience, partly for nostalgia and partly to benefit the merchants and hawkers who are still operating in Tanglin Halt.
He sees, on average, 50 to 60 residents making use of the service every Sunday.
It is slated to run until the end of this month, but it is “entirely possible” that it could be extended, he said. “We’ll consult residents before deciding.”