Seletar Bus Package

Seletar Bus Depot (Bus Park)

Bus Contracting Model (BCM) Route Package #3:
“Seletar Bus Package” (26 bus routes)

First announced on 06 June 2016, the Seletar Bus Package is the third set of public bus services to be put up for tender under the Bus Contracting Model, following the Bulim Bus Package and Loyang Bus Package.

This package comprises 24 existing bus services originating from Yishun Bus Interchange, Yio Chu Kang Bus Interchange, and Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange, with 2 new bus services to be introduced in the future. It is one of fourteen bus packages to be released by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) as part of the transition to the Bus Contracting Model (BCM).

As announced in April 2017, SBS Transit Ltd is the successful tenderer of the Seletar Bus Package, who will receive an estimated total fee of $480.3 million over five years. The 25 bus routes will be based out of the newly-built Seletar Bus Depot, located off Yio Chu Kang Road, which is scheduled to be completed in Q3 2017 and able to accommodate about 500 buses.

The package will consist of about 420 buses when implemented in the first half of 2018, and will grow to about 500 buses in 2023 in tandem with new developments and projected growth in ridership.

Seletar Bus Package Routes
Bus Interchange Bus Routes Current Operator
Ang Mo Kio 24130133135138261262265*, 268*, 269 SBS Transit
Yio Chu Kang 70/70M, 71, 76, 162/162M  SBS Transit
Yishun 800803804805806, 807811812850E*, 851852860 SMRT Buses

* = Bus routes that do not originate from the Bus Interchange

Contract Details:

Name PT202: Bus Contracting – Seletar Bus Package
Awarded SBS Transit Ltd
Duration Five years, with two-year extension granted based on good performance
Published 06 Jun 2016
Closing 27 Oct 2016, 12:00 PM
Services 24, 70/M, 71, 76, 130, 133, 135, 138, 162/M, 261, 262, 265, 268, 269, 800, 803, 804, 805, 806, 807, 811, 812, 850E, 851, 852 & 860
Bus Depot Seletar Bus Depot
Bus Interchanges Yio Chu Kang, Ang Mo Kio

Bidding Procedure

As of the tender closing time, 9 bids were submitted from hopeful operators. All operators were shortlisted on 02 Mar 2017.

S/No Country Tenderer Price for 5 Years
Amount (S$)
1. Australia Busways Group Pty Ltd 581,832,861.00
2. China / Local Jiaoyun Group / Travel GSH Pte Ltd Consortium 547,589,363.52
3. United Kingdom National Express Group Plc 536,828,068.00
4. Local SBS Transit Ltd 480,332,472.00
5. Local SMRT Buses Ltd 514,522,355.00
6. Local The Go-Ahead Group Plc 576,341,755.00
7. Local / South Korea Tian San Shipping (Private) Limited / Kumho Buslines Co., Ltd Consortium 538,837,888.23
8. Local Tower Transit Singapore Pte. Ltd. 575,797,622.00
571,139,871.00 (Alternative)
9. Local Woodlands Transport Holdings Pte. Ltd 583,442,331.19

Contract Awarded:

On Wednesday, 19 April 2017, LTA announced SBS Transit Ltd as the winner of the Seletar Bus Package. Evaluation was conducted through a two-envelope process which included quality and price factors, with greater weightage given to the quality proposals submitted by tenderers. The LTA press release sums it well:

SBS Transit (SBST) was awarded the contract as it had the highest combined total score for both quality and price evaluation. In its tender submission, SBST demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of ground conditions and strong competence in bus service scheduling to enable the optimal deployment of buses and resources to meet travel demand. Furthermore, SBST has emphasised in its proposal a stringent maintenance regime for bus assets and infrastructure and committed to a significant number of experienced technicians to ensure high maintenance and reliability standards. In terms of manpower development, SBST has presented a robust career development program to up-skill its staff, and a comprehensive transition plan to minimise impact to commuters and affected bus workers.

To ensure a smooth transition with minimal inconvenience to commuters, the implementation of the remaining 13 bus services currently not operated by SBS Transit will be carried out upon implementation in the first quarter of 2018.  These services will be supported by the new Seletar Bus Depot located off Lentor Ave / Yio Chu Kang Rd, which will be officially handed over to SBS Transit in August 2017 to allow them sufficient time to recruit and train bus captains and technicians. SBS Transit has been performing overnight parking of buses at Sungei Seletar Bus Depot‘s Bus Park since December 2016.

Bus Services:

Seletar Bus Package consists of 24 existing bus services, 13 of which are currently operated by SBS Transit and 11 currently operated by SMRT Buses, as well as 2 new upcoming bus services.

Service Destination 1 Destination 2 Type Description
24 Ang Mo Kio ↺ Changi Airport Trunk  
70 Yio Chu Kang Shenton Way Trunk  
70M Yio Chu Kang ↺ Temasek Ave Trunk Supplementary route
71 Yio Chu Kang ↺ Bishan St 11 Trunk  
76 Yio Chu Kang Eunos Trunk  
130 Ang Mo Kio Shenton Way Trunk  
133 Ang Mo Kio Shenton Way Trunk  
135 Ang Mo Kio ↺ Siglap Link Trunk  
138 Ang Mo Kio ↺ Mandai Lake Rd Trunk  
162 Yio Chu Kang Shenton Way Trunk  
162M Yio Chu Kang ↺ Temasek Ave Trunk Supplementary route
261 Ang Mo Kio ↺ Ang Mo Kio Ind Park 1 Feeder  
262 Ang Mo Kio ↺ Ang Mo Kio Ave 2 Feeder  
265 Ang Mo Kio Depot ↺ Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 Townlink  
268 Ang Mo Kio Depot ↺ Ang Mo Kio Ind Pk 2 Townlink  
269 Ang Mo Kio ↺ Ang Mo Kio St 61 Feeder  
800 Yishun ↺ Sembawang Rd Feeder  
803 Yishun ↺ Yishun St 31 Feeder  
804 Yishun ↺ Yishun St 41 Feeder  
805 Yishun ↺ Yishun Ave 1 Feeder  
806 Yishun ↺ Yishun Ring Road Feeder  
807 Yishun ↺ Yishun St 71 Feeder  
811 Yishun ↺ Yishun Avenue 2 & 1 Intratown  
812 Yishun ↺ Yishun Avenue 4 & 3 Intratown  
850E Yishun St 41 / Ave 6 Shenton Way / Anson Rd Express Peak Hour Limited-stop
851 Yishun Bt Merah Trunk  
852 Yishun Bt Batok Trunk  
860 Yishun ↺ Yio Chu Kang Trunk  

Services 70M and 162M are considered as supplementary services of their parent services and do not add to the overall service count. Shortworking trip services are not included in the above list.

Scope of Tender:

As part of the tender, the new Operator will be required to fulfil responsibilities as such:

  1. Operate the twenty-six (26) bus services in the Yishun, Yio Chu Kang and Ang Mo Kio areas in accordance with specified EWT performance standards
  2. Operate and maintain the buses and their onboard equipment provided by LTA
  3. Operate and maintain Yio Chu Kang and Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchanges, and the new Seletar Bus Depot, including all equipment and systems provided therein
  4. Charge and collect the fares approved by the Public Transport Council, on behalf of the Government
  5. Provide bus service information at all bus stops and bus interchanges served by the 26 bus services
  6. Provide customer management services, such as lost and found service, and a hotline for commuter feedback and enquiries.

All bus services will have scheduled headways of no more than 15 minutes for both directions during the morning and evening peak periods, with at least half of them having even shorter scheduled headways of no more than 10 minutes. Of these, the feeder services will run at even shorter intervals of 6-8 minutes. An estimated 45% of bus services will come at shorter intervals during peak periods when compared to the expanded BSEP.

More guidelines can be found in the main Bus Contracting Model (BCM) article.

Bus Interchanges & Terminals under the package:

Bus Depot under the package:

Tender Deadline Extension

On 26 September 2016, with less than 2 weeks to the tender closing date, the Land Transport Authority announced that the tender submission deadline was extended by 3 weeks to 27 Oct 2016. This is likely due to the recent events that happened to the awardee of the Loyang Bus Package, Go-Ahead Singapore.

In September 2016 alone, less than a month after taking over bus routes from SBS Transit under the Loyang Bus Package, the operator has borrowed Bus Captains from SBS Transit & SMRT as well as subcontracting their Employee Bus Routes out to Tower Transit as a result of a spade of Go-Ahead Bus Captains resigning due to Go-Ahead’s cost-saving extensive interlining model. The extended deadline is expected to give more time to bidders to tweak their proposals on bus interlining.

In a statement to ChannelNewsAsia on 27 October 2016, the Land Transport Authority clarified that the extension of tender submission deadline was due to a change in tender specifications, where the winning tenderer of the Seletar Bus Packages will take over the 26 Bus Routes in five (5) tranches, instead of the earlier specified two tranches. While this was not mentioned in any print and online media on ChannelNewsAsia, the statement was mentioned on ChannelNewsAsia’s Singapore Tonight on 27 October 2016, at about 5:00min. (Link to video on

Route Package Timeline:

  • 2016 (06 Jun): Seletar Route Package announced & opens. Tender closes on 06 Oct 2016, 1200hrs
  • 2016 (26 Sep): Tender deadline extended to 27 Oct 2016, 1200hrs.
  • 2016 (27 Oct): Tender closed with 9 bids received
  • 2017 (02 Mar): All 9 bids shortlisted
  • 2017 (19 Apr): SBS Transit Ltd announced as winning tenderer

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