Premium Bus Service 531

Premium Bus Service 531 is a Premium service operated by Ng Ing Tsair Bus Service 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 a city-bound trip in the morning and a return trip in the evening.

Note:

The Commute Solutions website has indicated that service for Premium 531 was discontinued in 2022. However, the Land Transport Authority bus service list still reflects that a morning & evening trip is operated.

531
96129 Melville Pk Simei Rd
96189 Blk 166 Simei Rd
96261 Blk 233 Simei St 3
96161 Opp Simei Stn EW3 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 CC4DT15 Temasek Ave
02051 The Float @ Marina Bay Raffles Ave
02061 The Esplanade Raffles Ave
03019 OUE Bayfront EW14NS26 Collyer Quay
03129 UIC Bldg Shenton Way
03217 Opp AXA Twr EW15 Shenton Way
03218 Opp MAS Bldg EW15 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 EW14NS26 Fullerton Rd
02111 Esplanade Bridge Esplanade Dr
02151 Suntec Convention Ctr CC3 Temasek Blvd
02161 Promenade Stn CC4DT15 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 EW3 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
Former Operator Ng Ing Tsair Bus Service
Departure Times from Simei Rd
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 Express 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.

Subsequently, from 1 April 2020, the 2 morning trips at 0740hrs & 0755hrs were reduced to only 1 trip at 0750hrs.

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

More Trips were subsequently reduced.

Commuters may also pre-book passes from the ShareTransport App.

Departure Timings

Weekdays, except Public Holidays

  • AM Peak from Simei Rd (Melville Park): 07:55
  • PM Peak from Anson Rd (Hub Synergy Point): 18:15
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 – 2021: Commute Solutions Group Pte Ltd
  • 2021 – Present: Ng Ing Tsair Bus Service
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
  • 2020 (1 Apr): Trip reduction to 1 AM Trip & 1 PM trip
  • 2021: Operations officially transferred from Commute Solutions to Ng Ing Tsair Bus Service

External Links & References:

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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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