SBS Transit Bus Service 53M is a trunk service plying between Hougang Avenue 1 and looping at Serangoon Central, passing through Lorong Ah Soo, Upper Paya Lebar Road, Serangoon Central and Upper Serangoon Road. It is a route variant of Service 53, introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) and was launched on Sunday, 16 August 2015.
|Route||Hougang Avenue 1 ↺ Serangoon Central (Loop)|
|Passes Through||Lor Ah Soo, Upp Paya Lebar Rd, S’goon Ctrl, Upp S’goon Rd|
|Current Operator||SBS Transit|
|Current Depot||Hougang Bus Depot (HGDEP)|
|Current Fleet||Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro|
|Departure Times from T1||Daily: 0600hrs – 2300hrs|
|Frequency (TBC)||Loop Service|
|0630-0830: 6 – 13 mins
0831-1659: 4 – 25 mins
1700-1930: 7 – 22 mins
After 1930: 5 – 23 mins
Service 53M is a supplementary route of Service 53, duplicating a short stretch of its parent service between Hougang Avenue 1 and Serangoon Central. It enhances bus connections for commuters along Service 53’s most crowded short stretches of route, and was launched on Sunday, 16 August 2015.
The service operates daily from 6.00am to 11.00pm, serving residential areas along Hougang Avenue 1 and Lorong Ah Soo with better access to the key transport node of Serangoon Central, where commuters can transfer to other bus services or the rail network. It serves amenities such as the market/food centre along Hougang Avenue 1 and the Aljunied Community Club, as well as schools such as Paya Lebar Girls’ School and Yuying Secondary School. The route will releive demand off Service 45 and 53, which encounters very heavy loading along the sectors pied by 53M.
Shortworking trip 53A and 53B, which ply the Serangoon Central bound and Hougang Avenue 1 bound sectors during the AM and PM peak periods respectively, were withdrawn after the introduction of 53M due to duplicating sectors.
With no evident terminating point, Service 53M buses turnaround at the Hougang St 21 vehicle park next to Blk 206, the site of the former Hougang South Bus Interchange (and current Service 115 terminating point). However, no boarding and alighting is allowed outside the designated bus stops of this route. Buses officially park at Hougang Central Interchange during their scheduled breaks.
- Service 53: Bishan Bus Interchange ↺ Changi Airport PTB2 (Loop)
Fare: Charges fares for regular trunk services. See Bus Fares for exact fares.
Fleet: See Above
Route Information: (List of acronyms)
|Loop Service (via Serangoon Central)|
- 2015 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd
The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2016.
- 2015 (16 Aug): Introduced between Hougang Ave 1 and Serangoon Ctrl under LTA’s Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP). Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB) at launch
- 2016 (24 Jan): Calls at 65141 Boundary Rd – Block 209
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