Sembawang–Yishun Bus Package

PT213 – Sembawang–Yishun Bus Package (Negotiated Contract Term: 2016 to 2021):

As part of the Bus Contracting Model which was fully implemented in September 2016, LTA entered into a Negotiated Contract with SMRT Buses to operate bus services under the Sembawang–Yishun Bus Package until the awarded operator for the open tender of the Sembawang–Yishun Bus Package takes over operations in September 2021.

When initially announced in 2016, the Sembawang–Yishun Bus Package was originally slated to transition into the Tendered Contract in September 2020. However, it is believed that LTA negotiated another year of operations with SMRT Buses till September 2021 until Tower Transit takes over over operations.

With Tower Transit being the awarded operator, all bus services under this bus package (except 110 & 652) would have a change in operator from SMRT Buses to Tower Transit.

  • Service 110 remained under SMRT Buses but transferred to the Woodlands Bus Package from 1 Sep 2021
  • City Direct 652 was transferred to the Seletar Bus Package from 6 Sep 2021
Contract PT213: Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package (Negotiated Contract)
Operator SMRT Buses Ltd
Duration 01 Sep 2016 – 02 Oct 2021
(extended by 1 year)
Bus Services
110, 167, 169, 171, 652, 656, 670, 825, 853/853M, 854, 854e, 855, 856, 857, 858, 859/859A/859B, 882, 883/883M, 963, 963e, 963R, 965, 966, 969, 980, 981, NR1 & NR2
(28 bus routes)
Handover Date Transition to Tendered Package 1st Term (PT217B):
5 Sep 2021 – 171, 670, 853/853M, 854, 854e, 855, 856 & 857
19 Sep 2021 – 169, 858, 963, 963e, 963R, 965, 966 & 969
3 Oct 2021 – 167, 656, 825, 859/859A/859B, 882, 883/883M, 980, 981, N1 & N2
To Woodlands Bus Package
1 Sep 2021 – 110
To Seletar Bus Package
6 Sep 2021 – 652
To be renumbered & amended (currently suspended)
3 Oct 2021 – NR1 (to N1) & NR2 (to N2)
Anchor Bus Depot Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot
Anchor Bus Interchange / Terminal Sembawang Bus InterchangeYishun Bus Interchange, Yishun Temporary Bus Interchange (former), Lorong 1 Geylang Bus Terminal
Bus Services:
Service Route Type
110 Compassvale ↺ Changi Airport Trunk
167 Sembawang Bukit Merah Trunk
169 Woodlands Ang Mo Kio Trunk
171 Yishun ↺ Upper Bukit Timah Road Trunk
652
Upper Thomson Road ⇄ Shenton Way / Anson Road City Direct
656 Canberra Road ⇄ Shenton Way / Anson Road City Direct
670
Yishun Avenue 7 ⇄ Marina Boulevard / Central Boulevard City Direct
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 Woodlands (Temporary Bus Interchange)Sengkang 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
857B Yishun → Temasek Avenue (Promenade Stn) 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
859T Sembawang → Yishun Terminating Trip
882A Sembawang → Montreal Link (Blk 592A) Short Trip
883A Sembawang → Canberra Way (Blk 129A) Short Trip
883B Yishun Avenue 2 (Yishun Stn) → Sembawang Road (Opp Blk 590C) Short Trip
883M Sembawang ↺ Sembawang Road Supplementary
965A Woodlands (Temporary Bus Interchange) → Yishun Avenue 2 (Opp Yishun Stn) Short Trip
965T Woodlands (Temporary Bus Interchange) → Sengkang Terminating Trip
966A Woodlands Marine Parade Road (Opp Parkway Parade) Short Trip
969A Tampines → Yishun Avenue 2 (Yishun Stn) Short Trip

Transition to Tendered Package Contract

Following the end of the negotiated contract for Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package, Tower Transit will progressively take over bus services from SMRT Buses, except City Direct 663 which is already operated by Tower Transit, in 3 tranches.

Services NR1 & NR2 will not be operated by Tower Transit. However, Tower Transit would operate service N1 & N2 instead.

Tranche Transition Date Bus Services No. of Routes
1 5 September 2021 171, 663*, 670, 853/853M, 854, 854e, 855, 856 & 857 9
2 19 September 2021 169, 858, 963, 963e, 963R*, 965, 966 & 969
8
3 3 October 2021 167, 656, 825, 859/859A/859B, 882, 883/883M, 980, 981, N1* & N2*
10

Notes:

  • City Direct 663 is expected to be transferred from the Bulim Bus Package on 5 Sep 2021 with no change in operator (Tower Transit)
  • City Direct 670 was not part of the announced bus services under the Sembawang-Yishun Bus Package (Tendered Package) term in September 2020. However, Tower Transit announced that it will operate City Direct 670 from 5 Sep 2021 which indicates that City Direct 670 was added to the Sembawang-Yishun Bus Package (Tendered Package) term.
  • Bus Services 963R, N1 & N2 remain suspended until further notice.
Transition to Other Bus Packages
Transition Date Onward Bus Package
Bus Services No. of Routes
1 Sep 2021 Woodlands 110 1
6 Sep 2021
Seletar 652 1

 


Sembawang–Yishun Bus Package – Negotiated Contract (PT213) Timeline
  • 2016 (11 Aug): Sembawang–Yishun Bus Package mentioned as one of 11 Negotiated Contract (NC) Packages operated by SMRT Buses.
  • 2017 (17 Apr): City Direct 656 added to the Bus Package
  • 2017 (22 Oct): Bus Service 110 added to the Bus Package
  • 2018 (13 Aug): Renumbering of Express Services 854E & 963E to 854e and 963e respectively
  • 2018 (25 Nov): Express Service 167e added to the Bus Package
  • 2019 (08 Sep): Bus Service 853# renumbered to 853M
  • 2020 (06 Jan): City Direct 652 added to the Bus Package
  • 2020 (12 Jan): Supplementary Bus Service 883M added to the bus package
  • 2020 (30 Mar): City Direct 670 added to the Bus Package
  • 2020 (08 Apr): Bus Services 167e, 652, 670 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, 652, 670, 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)
  • 2020 (23 Nov): Bus Service 883B extended to Sembawang Rd (Opp Blk 590C)
  • 2020 (14 Dec): Express 167e removed from the Bus Package following its withdrawal
  • 2021 (11 Apr): Short Trip Service 857B re-numbered from trips of Service 857 that terminate at Temasek Ave (Promenade Stn); Short Trip Service 966A re-numbered from trips of Service 966 that terminate at Marine Parade Rd (Opp Parkway Parade)
  • 2021 (01 Sep): Bus Service 110 transferred to Woodlands Bus Package
  • 2021 (06 Sep): City Direct 652 transferred to Seletar Bus Package
  • 2021 (03 Oct): End of service for Services NR1 & NR2

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