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 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)
  • 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)
  • 1 Apr 2018: Launch of Bus Service 68 (Article)
  • 5 Sep 2018: Launch of MAN A22 buses on revenue service

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 27 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 27 bus services currently.

Service Destination 1 Destination 2 Type Description
2 Changi Village New Bridge Road Trunk
3 Tampines Punggol Trunk
6 Pasir Ris ↺ Loyang Way Trunk
12 Pasir Ris New Bridge Road Trunk
12e Pasir Ris New Bridge Road Express Added to Loyang Bus Package in January 2018
15 Pasir Ris ↺ Marine Parade Trunk
17 Pasir Ris ↺ Bedok Trunk
17A Bedok → Bedok North Ave 4 Trunk Supplementary route
34 Punggol ↺ Changi Airport Trunk
36 Changi Airport ↺ Tomlinson Road Trunk
43 Punggol Upper East Coast Trunk
43M Punggol ↺ Serangoon Trunk Supplementary route
62 Punggol ↺ Sims Ave Trunk
68 Pasir Ris ↺ Tampines Trunk
82 Punggol ↺ Serangoon Central Trunk
83 Punggol ↺ Sengkang Trunk
84 Punggol ↺ Punggol Rd (End) Trunk
85 Punggol Yishun Trunk
118 Punggol Changi Business Pk Trunk
119 Punggol ↺ Hougang St 21 Trunk
136 Punggol Ang Mo Kio Trunk
354 Pasir Ris ↺ Jln Loyang Besar Feeder
358 Pasir Ris ↺ Pasir Ris Dr 4 / 10 Feeder
359 Pasir Ris ↺ Pasir Ris St 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 East Feeder
403 Pasir Ris ↺ Pasir Ris Rd Trunk
518 Pasir Ris ↺ Bayfront Ave Express
518A Pasir Ris → Bayfront Ave Express Weekdays AM Peak

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.


Bus Models

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


Events

Articles on Go-Ahead Singapore

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