SBS Transit Bus Service 53M is a trunk service plying between Hougang Avenue 1 and looping at Serangoon Central, passing through Lorong Ah Soo, Upper Paya Lebar Road, Serangoon Central and Upper Serangoon Road. It is a route variant of Service 53, introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) and was launched on Sunday, 16 August 2015.
||Hougang Avenue 1 ↺ Serangoon Central (Loop)|
|Passes Through||Lorong Ah Soo, Upp Paya Lebar Rd|
|Route Length||6.0 km|
|Travelling Time||25 mins|
|BCM Route Package||Serangoon – Eunos Bus Package
|Current Operator||SBS Transit Ltd|
|Current Depot||Hougang Bus Depot (HGDEP)|
|Current Fleet||12-metre Single Deck Bus:
– Mercedes-Benz Citaro
– Scania K230UB
|Departure Times from Hougang Avenue 1
||0600 – 2300 (Daily)|
|0630 – 0830: 06 – 15 mins
0831 – 1659: 07 – 23 mins
1700 – 1900: 07 – 19 mins
After 1900: 07 – 22 mins
Service 53M is a supplementary route of Service 53, duplicating a short stretch of its parent service between Hougang Avenue 1 and Serangoon Central. It enhances bus connections for commuters along Service 53’s most crowded short stretches of route, and was launched on Sunday, 16 August 2015.
The service operates daily from 6.00am to 11.00pm, serving residential areas along Hougang Avenue 1 and Lorong Ah Soo with better access to the key transport node of Serangoon Central, where commuters can transfer to other bus services or the rail network. It serves amenities such as the market/food centre along Hougang Avenue 1 and the Aljunied Community Club, as well as schools such as Paya Lebar Girls’ School and Yuying Secondary School. The route relieves demand off Service 45 and 53, which encounters very heavy loading along the sectors pied by 53M.
Shortworking trip 53A and 53B, which ply the Serangoon Central bound and Hougang Avenue 1 bound sectors during the AM and PM peak periods respectively, were withdrawn after the introduction of 53M due to duplicating sectors.
With no evident terminating point, Service 53M buses turnaround at the Hougang St 21 vehicle park next to Blk 206, the site of the former Hougang South Bus Interchange (and current Service 115 terminating point). However, no boarding and alighting is allowed outside the designated bus stops of this route. Buses officially park at Hougang Central Interchange during their scheduled breaks.
MRT Station Served
- NE12CC13 Serangoon
- Service 53: Bishan Bus Interchange ↺ Changi Airport PTB2 (Loop)
Fare: Charges basic distance fares. See Bus Fares.
- 2015 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd
The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2025 under the Serangoon – Eunos Bus Package.
- 2015 (16 Aug): Introduced between Hougang Ave 1 and Serangoon Ctrl under LTA’s Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP). Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB) at launch
- 2016 (24 Jan): Calls at an additional bus stop along Boundary Rd (BS 65141 Blk 209)