SMRT Bus Service 981

SMRT Bus Service 981 is a Peak-Hour, unidirectional trunk route between Sembawang Interchange and Senoko Industrial Estate, passing through Canberra Road and Senoko Drive. The route links industrial areas around Senoko and Admiralty Road West with the transport node of Sembawang.


Route Information:

Route Details (Click to expand)
Bus Service 981: Sembawang  Senoko Loop / Senoko Rd
Direction 1
Towards Senoko Loop
Direction 2
Towards Sembawang
  • Sembawang Vista
    – Sembawang Int   NS11  
  • Sembawang Dr
    – Opp Sun Plaza   NS11 
  • Sembawang Way
    – Opp Sembawang Stn   NS11 
  • Canberra Rd
    – Blk 351 CP
    – Blk 424A CP
    – Aft Assyafaah Mque
  • Admiralty Rd West
    – Aft HomeTeamNS Sembawang Resort
    – Opp Sembawang Shipyard G 8
    – Opp Sunshine Bakery
  • Senoko Ave
    – Aft Senoko Way
  • Senoko Dr
    – Lian Beng Engrg
    – Gold Kit
  • Senoko Rd
    – Opp Lian Aik Siong Machinery
    – Opp Wan Tai Co
    – Opp Hi-Tech Fibre Glass (S) Pte Ltd
    – Iplex Asia
    – Lian Aik Siong Machinery
  • Senoko Dr
    – Yee Lee Oils & Foodstuffs
  • Senoko Loop
    – Su Bros Tpt Svc
    – Print N Etch PCB
    – Bef Senoko Dr
  • Senoko Rd
    – Opp Lian Aik Siong Machinery
    – Opp Wan Tai Co
    – Opp Hi-Tech Fibre Glass (S) Pte Ltd
    – Iplex Asia
    – Lian Aik Siong Machinery
  • Senoko Dr
    – Yee Lee Oils & Foodstuffs
  • Senoko Loop
    – Su Bros Tpt Svc
    – Print N Etch PCB
    – Bef Senoko Dr
  • Senoko Dr
    – Aft Senoko Rd
    – Opp Garment Process
  • Senoko Ave
    – Bef Senoko Way
  • Admiralty Rd West
    – Sunshine Bakery
    – Sembawang Camp
    – Bef Sembawang Shipyard G 3
  • Canberra Rd
    – Aft Ottawa Rd
    – Blk 508 CP
    – Blk 502A
  • Sembawang Way
    – Sembawang Stn  NS11  
  • Sembawang Dr
    – Sun Plaza   NS11  
  • Sembawang Vista
    – Sembawang Int   NS11  
Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
[AM]: Sembawang Bus Interchange → Senoko Loop (Bef Senoko Dr)
[PM]:
Senoko Road (Opp Lian Aik Song Machinery) → Sembawang Bus Interchange
Passes Through Canberra Road, Senoko Drive
Route Length 8.2 km (D1) | 8.3 km (D2)
Travelling Time 25 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package
Current Operator SMRT Buses Ltd
Current Depot Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Bus:
Alexander Dennis Enviro500
12-metre Single Deck Bus:
– MAN NL323F
Departure Times from Sembawang 0645hrs – 0915hrs (Weekdays, Saturdays)
Departure Times from Senoko Rd
1700hrs – 1930hrs (Weekdays)
1200hrs – 1400hrs (Saturdays)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 12 – 15 mins
0831-1659: 13 – 15 mins
1700-1900: NA
After 1900: NA
0630-0830: NA
0831-1659: NA
1700-1900: 18 – 20 mins
After 1900: 17 – 20 mins

Background:

Service 981 is a largely industrial route, connecting the many industries around Senoko Loop, Senoko Dr, Senoko Rd, Senoko Avenue and Admiralty Road West with transport nodes at Sembawang Town Centre. The route also serves dedicated sectors along sections of Senoko Road/Drive/Loop with no other bus services.

Operating only on Weekdays and Saturdays, the route plies in a unidirectional fashion, with Senoko-bound trips in the morning and Sembawang-bound trips in the afternoon or evening. (On Saturdays, the return trips are operated in the afternoon rather than the evening.)

Apart from Service 981, services 169 and 856 provide daily bus connections to the industrial areas around Senoko and Admiralty Rd West. High capacity double-deck buses were deployed on weekdays since October 2015 to cope with high demand levels.

MRT Stations Served:

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


Gallery:


Operator History:

  • 1999 – 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:

  • 1999: Introduced as a unidirectional peak hour service between Sembawang MRT and Senoko. Morning trips towards Senoko on Mondays to Saturdays, return trips to Sembawang on Weekday evenings and Saturday afternoons.
  • 2005 (20 Nov): Amended to Sembawang interchange via Sembawang Drive and Sembawang Vista
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2013 (21 Apr): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2015 (12 Oct): Start of Double Decker Bus Deployments

Past Routings:


External Links & References:

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2 thoughts on “SMRT Bus Service 981

  • 4 June 2016 at 1:30 PM
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    This bus service is AMDEP according to SgWiki and I saw the 4 perm carrying refueling work at amdep

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    • 21 June 2016 at 11:01 PM
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      Maybe for temporary measure or just refuel at Amdep.882 also I think will be back to Wldep.

      Reply

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