SBS Transit Townlink Bus Service 293

SBS Transit Townlink Service 293 is a Townlink service operating from Tampines Interchange and looping at Tampines Street 71 and Avenue 7, passing through Tampines Avenue 3, 8, 9 and Street 42. It operates as a dual-loop service, calling at Tampines Interchange twice in a single trip.

The East Loop for Townlink 293 was amended to loop at Tampines Avenue 7, omitting Tampines Street 43, to serve the new Tampines East MRT Station on 21 Oct 2017.

 
 




Technical Information
Route  Tampines Bus Interchange ↺ Tampines Street 71 & Avenue 7 (Loop)
Passes Through West Loop: Tampines Ave 4, Tampines Ave 3, Tampines Ave 8
East Loop: Tampines Street 41, Tampines Ave 9, Tampines Street 45, Tampines Street 42
Route Length 15.0 km
Travelling Time 85 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Tampines Bus Package
Current Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Current Depot Bedok North Bus Depot (BNDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Bus:
Volvo B9TL
12-metre Single Deck Bus:
– Mercedes-Benz Citaro
Scania K230UB
Departure Times from Tampines Int
0500hrs – 0045hrs (Daily)
Frequency Loop Service
0630hrs – 0830hrs: 04 – 06 mins
0830hrs – 1600hrs: 04 – 08 mins
1600hrs – 1900hrs: 04 – 08 mins
After 1900hrs: 06 – 14 mins

Route History

Townlink Service 293 serves residents and schools around Tampines Neighbourhoods 7, 8 and 9 on the West Loop, and Neighbourhood 4 on the East Loop, connecting both ends to Tampines Regional Centre.

A full trip of Service 293 will first ply the West Loop followed by the East Loop, while calling at Tampines Interchange between loops. Terminating trips will display red “T” sign to indicate that the bus will no longer continue its journey after Tampines Interchange.

In 2014, a PPSS variant of this route, 293P, was introduced. It duplicates 293′s east loop and operates during peak hours only. The service was withdrawn from 1 Sep 2016 as part of Changes to PPSS in Sep 2016.

From Tampines Interchange, different boarding berths are used for the East and West loop respectively. Passengers should check the service direction before boarding the bus.

As part of the DTL3 Opening Bus Enhancements, the East Loop for Service 293 was amended to loop at Tampines Street 42 & Tampines Ave 7 from 21 Oct 2017, skipping Tampines Street 43. This enhances connectivity to Tampines East MRT Station.

Special Departures:

  • Tampines Interchange  Tampines Interchange via Tampines Ave 7 (East Loop)
    Weekdays: 0500hrs, 0510hrs, 0520hrs + AM & PM Peak Hours
    Saturdays: 0500hrs, 0514hrs
    Sundays / PHs: 0500hrs, 0513hrs
  • Tampines Ave 7 (Tampines East Stn Exit A) → Tampines Interchange
    Weekdays: 0500hrs, 0512hrs
    Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays: 0500hrs, 0511hrs

Fare: Fares for Townlink Services are capped at 3.2km. See Bus Fares. Calculate your bus fare using LTA’s fare calculator on MyTransport.sg here.

Fleet: See Above.

MRT Stations Served by this bus service:


Gallery:


Operator History:

  • 1980s – 2001: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 2001 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2024 under the Tampines Bus Package.

History:

  • 1984: Introduced as feeder Service 293, Tampines Ave 5 Ter – Tampines St 81 (Loop)
  • 1987 (29 Nov): Amended to terminate at Tampines Int
  • 1988: Extended to serve Tampines Street 84.
  • 1996 (06 Jul): Combined with Feeder 297 to form Townlink 293
  • 1998 (01 Jan): Amended to skip Tampines St 81 & 84, serving Tampines St 71 instead
  • 2009 (26 Oct): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus service (WAB)
  • 2014: Double-deck buses introduced
  • 2014 (24 Jun): Peak Period Short Service route variant 293P introduced
  • 2016 (01 Sep): Peak Period Short Service route variant 293P withdrawn
  • 2017 (21 Oct): East Loop amended to loop at Tampines Street 42, skipping Tampines Street 43 and serving Tampines East MRT Station

Past Routings:

  • 1984: Tampines Ave 5 Ter, Tampines Ave 4, Tampines Ave 3, Tampines St 81, Tampines Ave 3, Tampines Ave 4, Tampines Ave 5 Ter
  • 1987: Not available
  • 1988: Tampines Int, Tampines Ctrl 1, Tampines Ctrl 2, Tampines Ave 5, Tampines Ave 4, Tampines Ave 3, Tampines St 81, Tampines Ave 3, Tampines Ave 8, Tampines St 84, Tampines St 83, Tampines Ave 3, Tampines Ave 4, Tampines Ave 5, Tampines Ctrl 2, Tampines Int
  • 1996:
    West Loop: Tampines Int, Tampines Ctrl 1, Tampines Ctrl 2, Tampines Ave 5, Tampines Ave 4, Tampines Ave 3, Tampines St 81, Tampines Ave 3, Tampines Ave 8, Tampines St 84, Tampines St 83, Tampines Ave 3, Tampines Ave 4, Tampines Ave 5, Tampines Ctrl 2, Tampines Int
    East Loop: Tampines Int, Tampines Ctrl 1, Tampines Ctrl 3, Tampines Ave 7, Tampines St 41, Tampines Ave 9, Tampines St 45, Tampines Ave 7, Tampines Ave 9, Tampines St 42, Tampines St 43, Tampines Ave 9, Tampines St 41, Tampines Ave 7, Tampines Ctrl 3, Tampines Ctrl 1, Tampines Int
  • 1997:
    West Loop: Tampines Int, Tampines Ctrl 1, Tampines Ctrl 2, Tampines Ave 5, Tampines Ave 4, Tampines Ave 3, Tampines Ave 8, Tampines Ave 5, Tampines St 71, Tampines Ave 8, Tampines Ave 3, Tampines Ave 4, Tampines Ave 5, Tampines Ctrl 2, Tampines Int
    East Loop: Tampines Int, Tampines Ctrl 1, Tampines Ctrl 3, Tampines Ave 7, Tampines St 41, Tampines Ave 9, Tampines St 45, Tampines Ave 7, Tampines Ave 9, Tampines St 42, Tampines St 43, Tampines Ave 9, Tampines St 41, Tampines Ave 7, Tampines Ctrl 3, Tampines Ctrl 1, Tampines Int
  • 2017: Amended to present routing. No significant route changes since 2017.

External Links & References:

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