Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package

Service 854 is one of 23 bus services under the Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package
Service 854 is one of 25 bus services under the Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package

Bus Contracting Model (BCM) Route Package #5:
“Sembawang–Yishun Bus Package” (25 bus routes)

First announced on 11 August 2016, the Sembawang–Yishun Bus Package is one of fourteen bus packages to be released by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) as part of the transition to the Bus Contracting Model (BCM). Currently, SMRT Buses operates all bus services in this package under a Negotiated Contract (NC) model until Year 2020.

This package comprises 25 existing bus services mainly originating from Sembawang Bus InterchangeYishun Bus Interchange and Woodlands Bus Interchange, with a handful originating at Yio Chu KangResorts World Sentosa and Marina Centre.

All bus operations would be based out of the new Mandai Bus Depot, located off Mandai Road and integrated with Mandai Train Depot.

This bus package has been referred to as “Mandai Bus Package” by staff from SMRT Buses.

On 29 November 2019, the tendered contract for Sembawang-Yishun Bus Package was released, along with the 2nd term for the Bulim Bus Package in a joint contract.

Contract Details (Tendered Contract):

Name PT217: Bus Contracting – Bulim and Sembawang-Yishun Bus Packages
Awarded To Be Announced
Duration Five years, with two-year extension granted based on good performance
Published 29 November 2019
Closed 30 March 2020
Services 167, 167e, 169, 171, 825, 853/853M, 854, 854e, 855, 856, 857, 858, 859, 882, 883/883M, 963, 963e, 963R, 965, 966, 969, 980, 981, NR1, NR2
Bus Depot Mandai Bus Depot
Anchor Interchanges / Terminals SembawangYishun
  • Note: As the Land Transport Authority did not state the various bus services under Bulim Bus Package & Sembawang-Yishun Bus Package in its recent Bus Contracting Tender in response to news outlets, or through any press releases, bus services listed here (25 Routes) may vary with the actual bus services up for tender (27 Routes).

Bus Services:

Sembawang–Yishun Bus Package contains 25 existing bus services, all of which are currently operated by SMRT Buses.

Service Route Type
167 Sembawang Bukit Merah Trunk
167e Sembawang Shenton Way / Anson Road Express
169 Woodlands Ang Mo Kio Trunk
171 Yishun ↺ Upper Bukit Timah Road Trunk
825 Yio Chu Kang ↺ Lentor Loop Trunk
853 Yishun Lorong 1 Geylang Trunk
854 Yishun Bedok Trunk
854e YishunBedok Express
855 Yishun HarbourFront Trunk
856 Yishun Woodlands Trunk
857 Yishun ↺ Temasek Avenue Trunk
858 Woodlands ↺ Changi Airport Trunk
859 SembawangYishun Trunk
882 Sembawang ↺ Sembawang Road Trunk
883 Sembawang ↺ Yishun Central 2 Trunk
963 Woodlands HarbourFront Trunk
963e Woodlands HarbourFront Express
963R Woodlands Resorts World Sentosa Express
965 WoodlandsSengkang Trunk
966 Woodlands ↺ Marine Parade Road Trunk
969 Woodlands Tampines Trunk
980 Sembawang Lorong 1 Geylang Trunk
981 Sembawang ⇄ Senoko Loop / Senoko Road Trunk
NR1 Resorts World Sentosa → Yishun Ring Road Night
NR2 Marina Centre → Sembawang Drive Night
Short Trip & Supplementary Bus Services

These services do not add to the overall service count.

Service Route Type
169A Woodlands → Yishun Avenue 2 (Opp Yishun Stn) Short Trip
169B Woodlands → Woodlands Avenue 8 (Bef Admiralty Rd West) Short Trip
853M Yishun Upper East Coast Supplementary
856A Woodlands → Woodlands Centre Road (W’lands Train Checkpt) Short Trip
857A Yishun → Yio Chu Kang Road (Opp Sunrise Gdns) Short Trip
858A Woodlands → Yishun Avenue 2 (Opp Yishun Stn) Short Trip
858B Jalan Kayu (Bef Seletar Camp G) → Jalan Kayu (Aft Seletar Camp G) Short Trip
859A Sembawang ↺ Admiralty Link Short Trip
859B Sembawang ↺ Sembawang Crescent Short Trip
882A Sembawang → Montreal Link (Blk 592A) Short Trip
883A Sembawang → Canberra Way (Blk 129A) Short Trip
883B Yishun Ave 2 (Yishun Stn) → Canberra Way (Blk 120A) Short Trip
883M Sembawang ↺ Sembawang Road Supplementary
965A Woodlands → Yishun Avenue 2 (Opp Yishun Stn) Short Trip
969A Tampines → Yishun Avenue 2 (Yishun Stn) Short Trip


Scope of Tender:

As part of the tender, the new Operator will be required to fulfill responsibilities as such:

  1. Operate the twenty-five (25) bus services in the areas in accordance with specified EWT performance standards
  2. Operate and maintain the buses and their onboard equipment provided by LTA
  3. Operate and maintain Sembawang, Yishun and Woodlands Bus Interchanges, and Mandai Bus Depot, including all equipment and systems provided therein
  4. Charge and collect the fares approved by the Public Transport Council, on behalf of the Government
  5. Provide bus service information at all bus stops and bus interchanges served by the 24 bus services
  6. Provide customer management services, such as lost and found service, and a hotline for commuter feedback and enquiries.

All bus services will have scheduled headways of no more than 15 minutes for both directions during the morning and evening peak periods, with at least half of them having even shorter scheduled headways of no more than 10 minutes. Of these, the feeder services will run at even shorter intervals of 6-8 minutes. An estimated 45% of bus services will come at shorter intervals during peak periods when compared to the expanded BSEP.

More guidelines can be found in the main Bus Contracting Model (BCM) article.

Bus Interchanges & Terminals under the package:

Bus Depot under the package:

Route Package Timeline:

  • 2016 (11 Aug): Sembawang–Yishun Bus Package mentioned as one of 11 Negotiated Contract (NC) Packages operated by SMRT Buses.
  • 2018 (13 Aug): Renumbering of Express Services 854E & 963E to 854e and 963e respectively.
  • 2018 (25 Nov): Express Service 167e added to the Sembawang-Yishun Bus Package.
  • 2019 (08 Sep): Bus Service 853# (Sunday & Public Holiday variant of 853) renumbered to 853M.
  • 2019 (29 Nov): Sembawang-Yishun Bus Package tendered contract released with a combined contract for Bulim Bus Package.
  • 2020 (12 Jan): Supplementary Bus Service 883M added to the bus package.
  • 2020 (30 Mar): Tender closed with 5 bids received.
  • 2020 (08 Apr): Bus Services 167e, NR1 & NR2 temporarily suspended due to Singapore COVID-19 Circuit Breaker Measures.
  • 2020 (15 Apr): Bus Services 854e, 963e & 963R temporarily suspended due to Singapore COVID-19 Circuit Breaker Measures.
  • 2020 (02 Jun): Resumption of Bus Services 167e, 854e & 963e. Bus Services 963R, NR1 & NR2 remain suspended.
  • 2020 (30 Aug): Bus Service 171 shortened to loop at Upper Bukit Timah Road (Bukit Panjang MRT)

External Links & References:

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