Go-Ahead Singapore

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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.

Timeline

  • 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)
  • 07 Nov 2016: Starts trial of BYD Electric Bus (Article)
  • 12 Mar 2017: Launch of Bus Service 381 (Article)
  • 28 Jan 2018: Launch of Bus Service 12e (Article) and MAN A95 buses on revenue service (Article)
  • 12 Mar 2018: Launch of Bus Service 2A (Article)
  • 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
  • Late March 2019: Launch of On-Demand Employee Bus, EB Ride (Article)
  • 1 Jul 2019: Launch of Short Trip Bus Service 382A
  • 9 Sep 2019: Launch of Express Bus Service 43e

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.

The company also operates a BYD K9 Electric Bus as part of a six-month trial initiated by the LTA, ending in April 2017.

Bus Services & Fleet

Go-Ahead Singapore operates 28 bus routes based out of Pasir Ris and Punggol Bus Interchanges. All buses are based at Loyang Bus Depot.

The company operates the following bus models leased from the LTA:

Go-Ahead formerly operated a BYD K9 Electric Bus as part of a six-month trial initiated by the LTA.

Bus Services

As part of the Loyang Bus Package, Go-Ahead Singapore operates a total of 28 bus services currently.

Service Route Type
2 Changi Village Kampong Bahru Trunk
3 Tampines Punggol Trunk
6
Pasir Ris ↺ Loyang Crescent Trunk
12
Pasir Ris Kampong Bahru Trunk
12e Pasir Ris Kampong Bahru Express
15 Pasir Ris ↺ Marine Parade Road Trunk
17 Pasir Ris Bedok Trunk
34 PunggolChangi Airport PTB2 Trunk
36 Changi Airport PTB2 ↺ Tomlinson Road Trunk
43 Punggol Upper East Coast Trunk
43e Punggol Marine Parade Road Express
62 Punggol ↺ Sims Avenue Trunk
68 Pasir RisTampines Trunk
82 Punggol ↺ Serangoon Central Trunk
83 PunggolSengkang Trunk
84 Punggol ↺ Punggol Road Trunk
85 Punggol Yishun Trunk
118 Punggol Changi Business Park Trunk
119 Punggol ↺ Hougang Street 21 Trunk
136 Ang Mo Kio Punggol Trunk
354 Pasir Ris ↺ Jalan Loyang Besar Feeder
358 Pasir Ris ↺ Pasir Ris Drive 10 & Pasir Ris Street 41 Feeder
359 Pasir Ris ↺ Pasir Ris Street 71 & Pasir Ris Street 11 Feeder
381 Punggol ↺ Punggol East Feeder
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

Note:
Feeder Services 382G & 382W are counted as one service (382).

Short Trip & Supplementary Bus Services

These services do not add to the overall service count.

Service Route Type
2A Kampong Bahru → New Upper Changi Road (Tanah Merah Stn Exit B) Short Trip
3A
Tampines → Pasir Ris Drive 12 (Blk 747A) Short Trip
15A Pasir Ris → Jalan Eunos (Opp Eunos Stn) Short Trip
17A Bedok → Bedok North Avenue 4 (SBST Bedok Nth Depot) Short Trip
34A Punggol → Tampines Avenue 5 (Opp Our Tampines Hub) Short Trip
34B Tampines Avenue 10 (Aft TPE) → Tampines Avenue 10 (Bef TPE) via Changi Airport Short Trip
36A Changi Airport PTB2 → Tomlinson Road (The Regent S’pore) Short Trip
36B Marine Parade Road (Lagoon View) → Siglap Road (Opp Mandarin Gdns) Short Trip
36T Changi Airport PTB2 ↺ Tomlinson Road Terminating Trip
43M Punggol ↺ Serangoon Central Supplementary
62A Punggol → Aljunied Road (Aljunied Stn) Short Trip
85A
Yishun → Sengkang East Road (Sengkang Community Hub) Short Trip
118A Tampines Expressway (Aft Punggol Rd) → Simei Avenue (ITE Coll East Adm Blk) Short Trip
118B Simei Avenue (Opp ITE Coll East Adm Blk) → Tampines Expressway (Bef Punggol Rd) Short Trip
358T Pasir Ris ↺ Pasir Ris Drive 10 & Pasir Ris Street 41 Terminating Trip
359T Pasir Ris ↺ Pasir Ris Street 71 & Pasir Ris Street 11 Terminating Trip
382A Punggol → Sumang Lane (Blk 226A) Short Trip
386A Punggol → Edgedale Plains (Blk 682A) Short Trip
518A Pasir Ris → Bayfront Avenue (Bayfront Stn Exit A) Short Trip
City Direct Bus Services

In addition, Go-Ahead Singapore operates the following City Direct Bus Services on a Negotiated Contract, based in Loyang Bus Depot:

Service Route Type
661 Pasir Ris Drive 3 ⇄ Central Boulevard / Marina Boulevard City Direct

 


Bus Models

More photos of Go-Ahead Singapore buses at our Go-Ahead Singapore Bus Gallery.


Events

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