Premium Bus Service 531

Premium Bus Service 531 is a Premium service operated by Commute Solutions between Simei Road and Shenton Way. The route passes through Simpang Bedok, Upper East Coast, East Coast Parkway (express sector), Suntec City and Fullerton, operating two city-bound trips in the morning and one return trip in the evening.

531
96129
Melville Pk
Simei Rd
96189
Blk 166
Simei Rd
96261
Blk 233
Simei St 3
96161
Opp Simei Stn
Simei St 3
96251
Bef Changi General Hosp
Simei St 3
96109
Opp Blk 3012
Simei Ave
85079
Flextronic
Upp Changi Rd
85089
Aft Sungei Bedok
Upp Changi Rd
85069
Bedok Mkt Pl
Bedok Rd
85059
Bef Jln Chempaka Kuning
Bedok Rd
85049
Opp Man Fatt Lam Tp
Bedok Rd
85039
Opp Excelsior Gdns
Bedok Rd
85029
Aft Bedok Meth Ch
Bedok Rd
85019
Eastwood Ctr
Bedok Rd
94079
Bedok Camp 2
Upp East Coast Rd
94069
Opp Kew Green Condo
Upp East Coast Rd
94059
Temasek Sec Sch
Upp East Coast Rd
94049
Aft Bedok Sth Ave 3
Upp East Coast Rd
94089
Calvary Ably Of God Ch
Upp East Coast Rd
94039
Opp The Summit
Upp East Coast Rd
93131
Opp Eastern Lagoon II
Bedok Sth Ave 1
02149
Suntec Twr Three
Temasek Blvd
02161
Promenade Stn
Temasek Ave
02051
The Float @ Marina Bay
Raffles Ave
02061
The Esplanade
Raffles Ave
03019
OUE Bayfront
Collyer Quay
03129
UIC Bldg
Shenton Way
03217
Opp AXA Twr
Shenton Way
03218
Opp MAS Bldg
Shenton Way
03222
Hub Synergy Pt
Anson Rd
03111
Aft Capital Twr
Robinson Rd
03071
Opp SO Sofitel S’pore
Robinson Rd
03011
Fullerton Sq
Fullerton Rd
02111
Esplanade Bridge
Esplanade Dr
02151
Suntec Convention Ctr
Temasek Blvd
02161
Promenade Stn
Temasek Ave
93139
Eastern Lagoon II
Bedok Sth Ave 1
94031
The Summit
Upp East Coast Rd
94041
Aft Parbury Ave
Upp East Coast Rd
94051
Opp Temasek Sec Sch
Upp East Coast Rd
94061
Kew Green Condo
Upp East Coast Rd
94071
Opp Bedok Camp 2
Upp East Coast Rd
85021
Country Pk
Bedok Rd
85031
Excelsior Gdns
Bedok Rd
85041
Man Fatt Lam Tp
Bedok Rd
85051
Aft Jln Chempaka Kuning
Bedok Rd
85061
Opp Bedok Mkt Pl
Bedok Rd
85081
Bef Jln Pari Burong
Upp Changi Rd
85071
Bef Changi Fire Stn
Upp Changi Rd
96101
Blk 3012
Simei Ave
96259
Aft Changi General Hosp
Simei St 3
96169
Simei Stn
Simei St 3
96269
Blk 146
Simei St 3
96181
Blk 151
Simei Rd
96121
Metta Welfare Assn
Simei Rd


 

Technical Information
Route
[AM] Simei Road (Melville Pk) → Shenton Way (Opp MAS Bldg)
[PM] Anson Road (Hub Synergy Pt) → Simei Road (Metta Welfare Assn)
Passes Through Simpang Bedok, Upper East Coast, ECP, Suntec City, Fullerton
Travelling Time 53 mins (AM) | 55 mins (PM)
Operator Information
Current Operator Commute Solutions Group Pte Ltd
Departure Times from Simei Rd
0740hrs, 0755hrs (Weekdays, except Public Holidays)
Departure Times from Anson Rd
1815hrs (Weekdays, except Public Holidays)
Fare EZ Link / NETS Flashpay Card: $5.50  |  Cash: $7.00
Transfer rebates & concessionary travel are not applicable.

Premium 531 serves housing board estates, private estates and condominiums around Simei and Upper East Coast with connections to Suntec City, Marina Centre and Shenton Way, eliminating the hassle of transferring between different modes of transport. At the same time, SBS Transit’s Fast Forward 10e also offers peak hour connections between Upper East Coast and Shenton Way at a cheaper price, but takes a longer journey by not plying along expressways.

Since its introduction in 2007, Premium 531 has experienced considerably high demand from the niche market, mostly from the private housing areas around Upper East Coast, where 531 is a the fastest bus route to the CBD despite its high fares. High capacity articulated buses were deployed on this service duing its initial days of service, when there were just 2 morning departures and buses were filled to the brim (despite the Premium no-standing regulation back then), and some buses (e.g. TIB1081S) were re-tuned for better climbing of Benjamin Sheares Bridge. Articulated buses were eventually removed when more weekday peak hour trips were added.

Originally operating with 2 morning and 2 evening trips, Premium 531 operated with 6 morning and 3 evening trips at its peak under SMRT, making it among the most successful Premium routes around. Most trips were fully seated.

Transfer of Operator to Commute Solutions

Under Commute Solutions, the cash fare for Premium 531 was raised from $5.50 to $6.00. EZ-Link fares remain at $5.50.
AM Departures were reduced from 6 AM trips to 5 AM trips, while PM Departures were also reduced from 3 PM trips to 2 PM trips.

AM Departures were re-timed and reduced to 4 trips between 0740 to 0805hrs after the takeover by Commute Solutions.

Cash fares were increased to $7.00 from 03 Jan 2017.

More Trips were subsequently reduced.

Departure Timings

Weekdays, except Public Holidays

  • AM Peak from Simei Rd (Melville Park): 0740hrs & 0755hrs
  • PM Peak from Anson Rd (Hub Synergy Point): 1815hrs

Fare:

  • EZ Link / NETS Flashpay Card: $5.50
  • Cash: $7.00
    Transfer rebates & concessionary travel are not applicable.

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Operator History
  • 30 Jul 2007 – 26 Aug 2016: SMRT Buses Ltd
  • 29 Aug 2016 onwards: Commute Solutions LLP
History
  • 2007 (30 Jul): Introduced as a Premium Service from Simei Road → Shenton Way. Operates two trips in the morning at 0755hrs and 0803hrs, and charges a flat fare of $3.00
  • 2007 (3rd Quarter): Third morning trip added. Departure times amended to 0750hrs – 0805hrs with buses departing at 7/8-minute intervals.
  • 2008 (Jun): Two evening peak trips introduced at 1810hrs and 1825hrs. Fare increased to $4.00
  • 2009 (01 Apr): Fare lowered to $3.80
  • 2009 (06 Apr): Fourth morning trip and third evening trip added at 0745hrs and 1840hrs respectively
  • ???: Firth morning trip added
  • 2009 (05 Oct): Sixth morning trip added at 0810hrs
  • 2010 (01 Apr): Original fare of $4.00 reinstated
  • Late 2011: Fare revision to $5.00
  • 2014 (04 Aug): Fare revision to $5.50
  • 2016 (29 Aug): Operations transferred to Commute Solutions Group Pte Ltd.
  • 2017 (03 Jan): Cash fare revision to $7.00 from $6.50
  • ?: Trip re-timing and reduction to 4 AM trips
  • ?: Trip reduction to 3 AM Trips & 1 PM trip
  • ?: Trip reduction to 2 AM Trips & 1 PM trip

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7 thoughts on “Premium Bus Service 531

  • 2 December 2016 at 8:50 AM
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    2 days in a row (yesterday and today) the last bus was a no show. I might as well voice my other concerns here: i noticed on 2 occassions the driver was using his cell phone while driving; and for 5.50, i expect the contractor to at least provide commuters with a decent bus, not one that squeaks throughout the journey. And on particular one day with heavy rain, it was leaking water via the aircon vent.

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