SMRT Bus Service 980

SMRT Bus Service 980 is a trunk route between Sembawang Interchange and Lorong 1 Geylang Terminal, passing through Admiralty Drive, Sembawang Road, Upper Thomson, Thomson, Kampong Java, Little India, Middle Road and Beach Road.

Route Information:
Route Details (Click to expand)
Bus Service 980: Sembawang ↔ Lorong 1 Geylang
Direction 1
Towards Lor 1 Geylang
Direction 2
Towards Sembawang
  • Sembawang Vista
    – Sembawang Int   NS11   
  • Canberra Rd
    – Bef Sembawang Stn
    – Blk 351 CP
  • Admiralty Dr
    – Blk 353
  • Sembawang Dr
    – Blk 354 CP
    – Sun Plaza   NS11  
    – Blk 317
  • Sembawang Ave
    – Blk 303
  • Sembawang Rd
    – Aft Canberra Rd
    – Aft Sembawang Shop Ctr
    – Aft Jln Kemuning
    – Blk 114
    – Blk 101
    – Blk 713
    – Khatib Camp
    – Opp Dieppe Barracks
    – Opp Sembawang Air Base
    – Opp Nee Soon HQ 22 SIB
    – Bef Spiritual Grace Presby Ch
    – Aft The Springside
  • Upp Thomson Rd
    – Opp Former Seletar Inst
    – Aft SLE
    – Aft Old Upp Thomson Rd
    – Bef NTUC Fairprice Ctr
    – Aft 3M S’pore
    – Meadows @ Peirce
    – Aft Yio Chu Kang Rd
    – JCU S’pore
    – Bef Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
    – Aft Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
    – Faber Gdn
    – Flame Tree Pk
    – Opp Windsor Pk
    – Opp Thomson Plaza
    – Bef Jln Todak
    – Thomson CC
    – Shunfu Est
    – Opp St. Theresa’s Home
  • Thomson Rd
    – Opp MediaCorp
    – SLF Cplx
    – Opp S’pore Polo Club
    – Opp Old Police Academy
    – Thomson Flyover
    – Opp Thomson Med Ctr
    – Opp Novena Lodge
    – Novena Stn   NS20 
    – Opp United Sq
  • Keng Lee Rd
    – Parish of Christ Ch
  • Kg Java Rd
    – Opp KK Women & Child Hosp
  • Bt Timah Rd
    – Little India Stn   NE7  DT12 
  • Sungei Rd
    – Opp Rochor Stn   DT13 
  • Bencoolen St
    – Fortune Ctr
  • Middle Rd
    – Midlink Plaza
    – Bef Beach Rd
  • Beach Rd
    – Opp Shaw Twrs
    – Opp The Gateway
    – Opp Plaza Parkroyal
    – Keypoint Bldg
    – Opp Golden Mile Cplx
  • Crawford St
    – Southbank
  • Kallang Rd
    – Opp Sri Manmatha K Tp
  • Lor 1 Geylang
    – Lor 1 Geylang Ter  EW10 
  • Lor 1 Geylang
    – Lor 1 Geylang Ter  EW10 
  • Kallang Rd
    – Aft Kallang Rd ERP Gantry
  • Crawford St
    – Bef Crawford Bridge
  • North Bridge Rd
    – Blk 8
  • Jln Sultan
    – Sultan Plaza
  • Beach Rd
    – Plaza Parkroyal
    – The Gateway
  • Middle Rd
    – Aft Beach Rd
  • Victoria St
    – Opp Bugis Junction   EW12  DT14
  • Rochor Rd
    – Fu Lu Shou Cplx
  • Rochor Canal Rd
    – Rochor Stn   DT13 
  • Bt Timah Rd
    – Opp Little India Stn   NE7  DT12  
  • Kg Java Rd
    – KK Women & Child Hosp
    – Opp Parish of Christ Ch
  • Thomson Rd
    – United Sq
    – Opp Novena Ch   NS20 
    – Novena Lodge
    – Thomson Med Ctr
    – Opp Tan Tong Meng Twr
    – Old Police Academy
    – S’pore Polo Club
    – Opp SLF Cplx
    – MediaCorp
    – MacRitchie Reservoir
  • Upp Thomson Rd
    – St. Theresa’s Home
    – Opp Shunfu Est
    – Bef Thomson Ridge
    – Bef Thomson Plaza
    – Thomson View Condo
    – Opp Flame Tree Pk
    – Opp Faber Gdn
    – Bef Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
    – Opp S’wang Hill FC
    – Bef Yio Chu Kang Rd
    – Opp Meadows @ Peirce
    – Opp 3M S’pore
    – Aft NTUC Fairprice Ctr
    – Bef Old Upp Thomson Rd
    – Bef SLE
    – Aft SLE
    – Opp Nessea Club
  • Sembawang Rd
    – Forest Hills Condo
    – Nee Soon Driclad Ctr
    – Nee Soon HQ 22 SIB
    – Aft Sembawang Air Base
    – Dieppe Barracks
    – Opp Khatib Camp
    – Opp Blk 713
    – Opp Blk 101
    – Opp Blk 115B
    – Seletaris Condo
    – Opp Sembawang Shop Ctr
    – Bef Canberra Rd
  • Sembawang Ave
    – Opp Blk 303
  • Sembawang Dr
    – Blk 328
    – Opp Sun Plaza   NS11  
    – Blk 357C
  • Admiralty Dr
    – Bet Blks 415/416
  • Canberra Rd
    –  Blk 502A
    – Aft Admiral Hill
  • Sembawang Vista
    – Sembawang Int   NS11   
Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Sembawang Bus Interchange ↔ Lorong 1 Geylang Bus Terminal
Passes Through Admiralty Dr, Sembawang Rd, Upper Thomson, Thomson, Kg Java, Little India, Middle Rd, Beach Rd
Route Length 25.4km (D1) | 24.8km (D2)
Travelling Time 80 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package
Current Operator SMRT Buses Ltd
Current Depot Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP)
Woodlands Bus Depot (WLDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Single Deck Bus:
– Mercedes-Benz OC500LE
– MAN NL323F
Departure Times from Sembawang
0555hrs – 2330hrs (Weekdays, Saturdays)
0600hrs – 2330hrs (Sundays/PHs)
Departure Times from Lor 1 Geylang
0600hrs – 2330hrs (Daily)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 12 – 15 mins
0831-1659: 14 – 17 mins
1700-1930: 14 – 18 mins
After 1930: 15 – 18 mins
0630-0830: 15 – 16 mins
0831-1659: 14 – 17 mins
1700-1930: 16 – 17 mins
After 1930: 14 – 16 mins
Route Information

Service 980 is an inter-town trunk route linking housing estates around Sembawang and Yishun, and the suburban areas of Upper Thomson and Thomson, providing connections to the City areas of Novena, Rochor Canal, Middle Road and Beach Road. Along with Service 167, it serves nearly the full stretch of Sembawang Road / Upper Thomson Road / Thomson Road, connecting to the city, and complements Service 166 between Upper Thomson and Rochor Canal.

Demand for this route remains moderate to low throughout the day owing to the presence of duplicate routes and low-density developments along much of its route. As such, the route plays a largely supplementary role and operates at low frequencies throughout the day.

Formerly a Singapore Bus Service (SBS) route since the 1970s (then known as Service 160), the route was transferred to Trans-Island Bus Service (TIBS) in 1983, renumbered Service 980 in 1998 and has been operated by SMRT ever since. High capacity articulated buses are deployed only occasionally on weekends and public holidays in anticipation of high crowds around Little India. Double-deck buses are not deployed due to insufficient demand.

MRT Stations Served:

Fare: Charges basic distance fares. See Bus Fares. Calculate your bus fare using LTA’s fare calculator on MyTransport.sg here.


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Operator History:

  • 1970s – 1973: United Bus Company Pte Ltd
  • 1973 – 2000: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 2000 – 2004: Trans-Island Bus Services Ltd
  • 2004 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2020 under the Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package.

History:

  • 1970 (11 Apr): Original route as Service 160, plying Admiralty Rd West (Canberra Gate) – Crawford St. Handed to TIBS in 1983 (03 Apr)
  • 1998 (27 Dec): Renumbered Service 980, and plying Admiralty Rd West – Geylang Lorong 1 Ter after closure of Crawford St Ter
  • 2005 (20 Nov): Amended to Sembawang interchange via Sembawang Vista, Sembawang Drive and Sembawang Avenue.
  • 2006 (03 Dec): Extended to ply along Admiralty Drive and Canberra Road
  • 2012 (15 Nov): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)

Past Routings:


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