The Go-Ahead Group is a multi-modal passenger transport operator founded in 1987. Formerly a small bus operator in north-east England, the Go Ahead Group has since expanded and diversified into rail services, providing more than a billion journeys each year in the United Kingdom. It now operates over 4,600 buses with a strong presence in London, boasts a large market share in UK’s rail industry, and employs more than 26,000 people in the UK altogether.
The company entered the Singapore bus scene when it bidded for and won the Loyang Bus Package. The route package originally comprised of 25 bus routes based out of the new Loyang Bus Depot. This was the second contract awarded by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) as part of the Bus Contracting Model (BCM), which will introduce a competitive scene of bus operators bidding for various route packages and a share of the market.
In September 2016, Go-Ahead Singapore (GAS) took over operations of 24 existing bus services from SBS Transit in two tranches. Spaced two weeks apart, the two tranches allowed Go-Ahead Singapore progressive control over Punggol Bus Interchange, followed by Pasir Ris Bus Interchange.
Go-Ahead Singapore is also the first bus company in Singapore to conduct an all-electric bus trial, using the BYD K9.
- 23 Nov 2015: Loyang Bus Package awarded to Go-Ahead Singapore (GAS)
- 11 Dec 2015: Loyang Bus Depot handed over to GAS for outfitting works (Article)
- 19 Jun 2016: Loyang Bus Depot open house cum official opening (Article)
- 04 Sep 2016: Took over operations of 13 bus services originating from Punggol Bus Interchange (Article)
- 18 Sep 2016: Took over operations of 11 bus services originating from Pasir Ris Bus Interchange, and Service 2 and 36 from Changi Village and Changi Airport (Article)
- 12 Mar 2017: Launch of Bus Service 381 (Article)
- 13 Mar 2017: Starts trial of BYD Electric Bus (Article)
- 28 Jan 2018: Launch of Bus Service 12e (Article) and MAN A95 buses on revenue service (Article)
- 12 Mar 2018: Launch of Short Trip Bus Service 2A
- 1 Apr 2018: Launch of Bus Service 68 (Article)
- 5 Sep 2018: Launch of MAN A22 buses on revenue service
- 29 Oct 2018: Launch of Short Trip Bus Service 386A
- 2 Jan 2019: Takeover of City Direct 661 (Article)
- 25 Mar 2019: Launch of Short Trip Bus Services 34B & 85A
Company initiatives and incidents
Before the opening of Loyang Bus Depot, Go-Ahead Singapore brought in a New Bus for London as part of a promotional tour to accompany LTA’s Our Bus Journey Carnival. Unable to be statically displayed at the Carnival, the bus resorted to running publicity routes outside the Carnival locations (around Vivocity and Toa Payoh) over two weekends. For more information, see Go-Ahead Group New Bus for London visits Singapore.
On 19 June 2016, Go-Ahead Singapore organised an open house cum official opening (Go-Ahead Singapore Bus Carnival) at Loyang Bus Depot.
Two weeks after commencing operations in September 2016, a shortage of drivers resulted in Go-Ahead having to borrow Bus Captains from SBS Transit and SMRT for 2-3 months. Its Employee Shuttle bus routes were also operated by Tower Transit for a one-month period.
Bus Services & Fleet
The company operates the following bus models leased from the LTA:
- Volvo B9TL Wright Double Deck bus
- Mercedes-Benz Citaro Single Deck bus
- MAN A95 Double Deck bus
- MAN A22 Single Deck Bus
As part of the Loyang Bus Package, Go-Ahead Singapore operates a total of 27 bus services currently.
|Service||Destination 1||Destination 2||Type||Remarks|
|2||Changi Village||Kampong Bahru||Trunk|
|6||Pasir Ris||↺ Loyang Crescent||Trunk||No Operations on Sundays / Public Holidays|
|12||Pasir Ris||Kampong Bahru||Trunk|
|12e||Pasir Ris||Kampong Bahru||Express||Added to Loyang Bus Package in January 2018|
|15||Pasir Ris||↺ Marine Parade Road||Trunk|
|17A||Pasir Ris||→ Bedok North Avenue 4||Trunk||Supplementary Route|
|34||Punggol||↺ Changi Airport||Trunk|
|36||Changi Airport||↺ Tomlinson Road||Trunk|
|43||Punggol||Upper East Coast||Trunk|
|43M||Punggol||↺ Serangoon Central||Trunk||Supplementary Route|
|62||Punggol||↺ Sims Avenue||Trunk|
|68||Pasir Ris||↺ Tampines||Trunk|
|82||Punggol||↺ Serangoon Central||Trunk|
|84||Punggol||↺ Punggol Road||Trunk|
|118||Punggol||Changi Business Park||Trunk|
|119||Punggol||↺ Hougang Street 21||Trunk|
|136||Punggol||Ang Mo Kio||Trunk|
|354||Pasir Ris||↺ Jalan Loyang Besar||Feeder|
|358||Pasir Ris||↺ Pasir Ris Drive 4 / 10||Feeder|
|359||Pasir Ris||↺ Pasir Ris Street 11 / 71||Feeder|
|381||Punggol||↺ Punggol East||Feeder||Added to Loyang Bus Package in March 2017|
|382G||Punggol||↺ Sumang Walk||Feeder|
|382W||Punggol||↺ Sumang Walk||Feeder|
|386||Punggol||↺ Punggol Central||Feeder|
|403||Pasir Ris||↺ Pasir Ris Road||Trunk|
|518||Pasir Ris||↺ Bayfront Avenue||Express|
|518A||Pasir Ris||→ Bayfront Avenue||Express||Weekdays AM Peak only|
Services 17A and 43M are considered as supplementary services of their parent service and do not add to the overall service count. 382G and 382W are considered as one bi-directional service.
In addition, Go-Ahead Singapore operates City Direct 661 under a negotiated contract with LTA.
More photos of Go-Ahead Singapore buses at our Go-Ahead Singapore Bus Gallery.
- March 2016: Go-Ahead Group New Bus for London visits Singapore
- 19 Jun 2016: Loyang Bus Depot Carnival
- Jul-Sep 2016: Go-Ahead prepares for launch day
- 04 Sep 2016: Go-Ahead First Day of Operations
- 18 Sep 2016 – 15 Oct 2016: Tower Transit operating Go-Ahead Employee Shuttle Buses
- 18 Sep 2016: Second Tranche of Go-Ahead Bus Services
- 21 Sep 2016: Go-Ahead borrowing Bus Captains from SBS Transit and SMRT
- 07 Nov 2016: Go-Ahead Singapore trials BYD Electric Bus
Articles on Go-Ahead Singapore
- Go-Ahead MAN A95 buses begin operations
- Go-Ahead Singapore trials BYD Electric Bus
- Go-Ahead borrowing Bus Captains from SBS Transit and SMRT
- Second Tranche of Go-Ahead Bus Services
- Tower Transit operating Go-Ahead Employee Shuttle Buses
- Go-Ahead: One Week On
- Go-Ahead First Day of Operations
- Go-Ahead prepares for launch day
- Loyang Bus Package Commencement Dates announced
- Speech by Mr Zainal Bin Sapari at Loyang Bus Depot Official Opening
- Go-Ahead Singapore Bus Carnival
- Go-Ahead Group New Bus for London visits Singapore
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