Premium Bus Service 531

Premium Bus Service 531 is a Premium service operated by Commute Solutions between Simei Road and Shenton Way. The route passes through Simpang Bedok, Upper East Coast, East Coast Parkway (express sector), Suntec City and Fullerton, operating four city-bound trips in the morning and two return trips in the evening.

Operations of Premium Bus Service 531 has been transferred to Commute Solutions from 29 August 2016.

Route Information
Route [AM] Simei Road (Melville Park) → Shenton Way (opp MAS Building)
[PM] Anson Road (Hub Synergy Point) → Simei Road (Metta Welfare Assn)
Passes Through Simpang Bedok, Upper East Coast, ECP, Suntec City, Fullerton
Route Length 20.2km (D1) | 20.7km (D2)
Travelling Time 55mins
Operator Information
Current Operator Commute Solutions Group Pte Ltd
Current Fleet Private Buses
Departure Times from Simei Road
0740hrs – 0805hrs (4 trips | Weekdays)
Departure Times from Anson Road
1810hrs – 1830hrs (2 trips | Weekdays)
Frequency Unidirectional Service
AM Peak: 05 – 08 mins | PM Peak: 20 mins

Route History

Premium 531 serves housing board estates, private estates and condominiums around Simei and Upper East Coast with connections to Suntec City, Marina Centre and Shenton Way, eliminating the hassle of transferring between different modes of transport. At the same time, SBS Transit’s Fast Forward 10e also offers peak hour connections between Upper East Coast and Shenton Way at a cheaper price (~$2.18 adult card fare as of 2015), but takes a longer journey by not plying along expressways.

Since its introduction in 2007, Premium 531 has experienced considerably high demand from the niche market, mostly from the private housing areas around Upper East Coast, where 531 is a the fastest bus route to the CBD despite its high fares. High capacity articulated buses were deployed on this service duing its initial days of service, when there were just 2 morning departures and buses were filled to the brim (despite the Premium no-standing regulation), and some buses (e.g. TIB1081S) were re-tuned for better climbing of Benjamin Shears Bridge. Articulated buses were eventually removed when more weekday peak hour trips were added.

Originally operating with 2 morning and 2 evening trips, Premium 531 operated with 6 morning and 3 evening trips at its peak under SMRT, making it among the most successful Premium routes around. Most trips were fully seated.

Please note that this service does not call at 03059 Raffles Quay (One Raffles Quay).

Transfer of Operator to Commute Solutions from 29 Aug 2016:

Under Commute Solutions, the cash fare for Premium 531 was raised from $5.50 to $6.00. EZ-Link fares remain at $5.50.
AM Departures were reduced from 6 AM trips to 5 AM trips, while PM Departures were also reduced from 3 PM trips to 2 PM trips.

AM Departures were re-timed and reduced to 4 trips between 0740 to 0805hrs after the takeover by Commute Solutions.

Cash fares were increased to $7.00 from 03 Jan 2017.

Operating Days:

Operates during weekday peak hours only. Does not operate on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. During selected eves of Public Holidays, evening departures may be brought forward to the afternoon.

Fare:

  • EZ Link Card: $5.50
  • Cash: $7.00
    Transfer rebates & concessionary travel are not applicable.

Fleet: Premium 531 operates on Private Coaches from Commute Solutions.

Route Information: (acronyms here)

Direction 1 (towards Shenton Way): Direction 2 (towards Simei):
  • Simei Road
    Melville Pk
    Blk 166
  • Simei Street 3
    Blk 233
    Opp Simei Stn
    Bef Changi General Hosp
  • Simei Avenue
    Opp Blk 3012
  • Upper Changi Road
    Flextronic
    Bef Jalan Chempaka Kuning
  • Bedok Road
    Bedok Mkt Pl
    Bef Jln Chempaka Kuning
    Opp Man Fatt Lam Tp
    Opp Excelsior Gdns
    Aft Bedok Meth Ch
    Eastwood Ctr
  • Upper East Coast Road 
    Bedok Camp 2
    Opp Kew Green Condo
    Temasek Sec Sch
    Fairview Ct
    Calvary Ably of God Ch
    Opp The Summit
  • Bedok South Avenue 1
    Opp Eastern Lagoon II
  • ECP (express)
  • Temasek Boulevard
    Suntec Twr Three
  • Temasek Avenue 
    Opp Millenia Twr
  • Raffles Avenue
    Seating Gallery
    The Esplanade
  • Collyer Quay
    OUE Bayfront
  • Shenton Way
    UIC Bldg
    Opp Temasek Twr
    Opp MAS Bldg
  • Anson Road
    Hub Synergy Point
  • Robinson Road
    Aft Capital Twr
    Opp The Ogilvy Ctr
  • Fullerton Road
    Fullerton Sq
  • Esplanade Drive
    Esplanade Bridge
  • Temasek Boulevard
    Suntec Convention Ctr
  • Temasek Avenue
    Opp Millenia Twr
  • Republic Boulevard (express)
  • ECP (express)
  • Bedok South Avenue 1
    Eastern Lagoon II
  • Upper East Coast Road
    The Summit
    Opp Fairview Ct
    Opp Temasek Sec Sch
    Kew Green Condo
    Opp Bedok Camp 2
  • Bedok Rd
    Country Pk
    Excelsior Gdns
    Man Fatt Lam Tp
    Aft Jln Chempaka Kuning
    Opp Bedok Mkt Pl
  • Upper Changi Road 
    Bef Jln Pari Burong
    Bef Changi Fire Stn
  • Simei Avenue
    Blk 3012
  • Simei Street 3
    Aft Changi General Hosp
    Simei Stn
    Blk 146
  • Simei Road
    Blk 151
    Metta Welfare Assn

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Operator History:

  • 30 Jul 2007 – 26 Aug 2016: SMRT Buses Ltd
  • 29 Aug 2016 onwards: Commute Solutions LLP

History:

  • 2007 (30 Jul): Introduced as a Premium Service from Simei Road → Shenton Way. Operates two trips in the morning at 0755hrs and 0803hrs, and charges a flat fare of $3.00
  • 2007 (3rd Quarter): Third morning trip added. Departure times amended to 0750hrs – 0805hrs with buses departing at 7/8-minute intervals.
  • 2008 (Jun): Two evening peak trips introduced at 1810hrs and 1825hrs. Fare increased to $4.00
  • 2009 (01 Apr): Fare lowered to $3.80
  • 2009 (06 Apr): Fourth morning trip and third evening trip added at 0745hrs and 1840hrs respectively
  • ???: Firth morning trip added
  • 2009 (05 Oct): Sixth morning trip added at 0810hrs
  • 2010 (01 Apr): Original fare of $4.00 reinstated
  • Late 2011: Fare revision to $5.00
  • 2014 (04 Aug): Fare revision to $5.50
  • 2016 (29 Aug): Operations transferred to Commute Solutions Group Pte Ltd.
  • 2017 (03 Jan): Cash fare revision to $7.00 from $6.50
  • ???: Trip re-timing and reduction to 4 AM trips

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7 thoughts on “Premium Bus Service 531

  • 2 December 2016 at 8:50 AM
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    2 days in a row (yesterday and today) the last bus was a no show. I might as well voice my other concerns here: i noticed on 2 occassions the driver was using his cell phone while driving; and for 5.50, i expect the contractor to at least provide commuters with a decent bus, not one that squeaks throughout the journey. And on particular one day with heavy rain, it was leaking water via the aircon vent.

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