(Defunct) SMRT Bus Service 700A

SMRT Bus Service 700A was a trunk route between Bukit Panjang Temp Bus Pk and Suntec City, passing through Petir, Bukit Timah, Orchard. It incorporated an express sector between and Dairy Farm Road and Whitley Road via BKE and PIE.

Service 700A was withdrawn on 30 August 2020. The last day of service was on 29 August 2020.

 

700A
Bt Panjang Temp Bus Pk ↺ Temasek Ave (Loop)
48009 Bt Panjang Temp Bus Pk Woodlands Rd
44251 Bt Panjang Stn/Blk 604 DT1-BP6 Bt Panjang Rd
44241 Opp Lompang Rd Bt Panjang Rd
44231 Zhenghua Pr Sch Bt Panjang Rd
44229 Bef Pending Stn BP8 Pending Rd
44371 Blk 219 Petir Rd
44381 Blk 202 Petir Rd
44351 Aft Chestnut Ave Petir Rd
44361 Bef Dairy Farm Rd Petir Rd
40239 Aft Tanglin CC Whitley Rd
40089 Opp Stevens Stn DT10 Dunearn Rd
40079 Bef Swiss Cottage Est Dunearn Rd
40119 Bef Goldhill Ave Dunearn Rd
40069 Anglo-Chinese Sch Dunearn Rd
40059 Chancery Ct Dunearn Rd
40049 Opp Newton Stn Exit C NS21-DT11 Dunearn Rd
40189 Newton Stn Exit B NS21-DT11 Scotts Rd
40179 Env Bldg Scotts Rd
09219 Far East Plaza Scotts Rd
09047 Orchard Stn/Tang Plaza NS22 Orchard Rd
09037 Opp Mandarin Orchard NS22 Orchard Rd
08138 Concorde Hotel S'pore Orchard Rd
08057 Dhoby Ghaut Stn NS24NE6CC1 Orchard Rd
08069 Bencoolen Stn Exit B DT21 Bras Basah Rd
04179 Aft Bras Basah Stn Exit A CC2 Bras Basah Rd
02049 Raffles Hotel Bras Basah Rd
02151 Suntec Convention Ctr CC3 Temasek Blvd
02161 Promenade Stn CC4DT15 Temasek Ave
02171 Opp The Ritz-Carlton Temasek Ave
02051 The Float @ Marina Bay Raffles Ave
02061 The Esplanade Raffles Ave
04111 Capitol Bldg EW13NS25 Stamford Rd
04121 SMU CC2 Stamford Rd
08041 YMCA Orchard Rd
08031 Dhoby Ghaut Stn Exit B NS24NE6CC1 Penang Rd
08111 Winsland Hse Penang Rd
08121 Somerset Stn NS23 Somerset Rd
09011 Opp Ngee Ann City Orchard Turn
09023 Opp Orchard Stn/ION NS22 Orchard Turn
09212 Royal Plaza On Scotts Scotts Rd
40171 Opp Env Bldg Scotts Rd
40181 Newton Stn Exit A NS21-DT11 Scotts Rd
40041 Newton Stn Exit C NS21-DT11 Bt Timah Rd
40051 Balmoral Plaza Bt Timah Rd
40111 City Twrs Bt Timah Rd
40071 Leng Kwang Baptist Ch Bt Timah Rd
40081 Stevens Stn DT10 Bt Timah Rd
40231 Raffles Town Club Whitley Rd
44369 Aft Dairy Farm Rd Petir Rd
44359 Bef Chestnut Ave Petir Rd
44389 Opp Blk 201 Petir Rd
44379 Opp Blk 219 Petir Rd
44221 Opp Pending Stn BP8 Pending Rd
44239 Opp Zhenghua Pr Sch Bt Panjang Rd
44249 Blk 174 Bt Panjang Rd
44259 Blk 183 Bt Panjang Rd
48009 Bt Panjang Temp Bus Pk Woodlands Rd

Notes:

  • No boarding and alighting at Bukit Panjang Temp Bus Pk
  • Buses leaving Bukit Panjang after 22:45 daily will terminate at Temasek Ave (Promenade Stn)
Route Overview
Route WAB_logo_20px Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park ↺ Temasek Avenue (Loop)
Passes Through Petir Rd, Dunearn Rd / Bukit Timah Rd, Orchard Rd, Bras Basah Rd, Temasek Blvd
Route Length 39.7 km
Traveling Time 135 mins
Operator Information
Former BCM Route Package Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package
Former Operator SMRT Buses Ltd
Former Depot Kranji Bus Depot (KJDEP)
Buses park at: Ulu Pandan Bus Depot (UPDEP)
Former Fleet 12-metre Single Deck Bus:
Mercedes-Benz OC500LE
Operating Hours
Departure Times from Bukit Panjang Temp Bus Park
Weekdays Saturdays Sundays / Public Holidays
18:46 – 23:30 13:15 – 23:30 05:55 – 23:30
Buses leaving Bukit Panjang Temp Bus Pk after 22:45 daily terminate at Suntec City.
Operating Frequency
6:30am–8.30am 8.31am–4.59pm 5.00pm–7.00pm After 7.00pm
Loop Service 11 12 mins 11 12 mins 12 mins 10 13 mins
Fare Information
Fare Charges regular distance fares

 

Service 700A was an express link between Bukit Panjang and the city areas of Bukit Timah, Orchard Road and Marina Centre, incorporating an express sector between Dairy Farm Road and Whitley Road along the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) and Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE).

This route operates either as Service 700 or 700A depending on times of day. Service 700, which serves the Central Business District around Shenton Way and Fullerton, operates on Weekdays from mornings to evenings, and Saturdays from mornings to mid-day. On Weekday nights, Saturday afternoon & nights, and on Sundays/Public Holidays, Service 700A will operate, looping at Suntec City and serving the Marina Centre area while skipping Fullerton and Shenton Way.

For Service 700A, buses leaving Bukit Panjang after 2245 hours daily will terminate at Temasek Avenue (Promenade Stn). No boarding & alighting is allowed at Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park.

Double-deck buses were regularly deployed on Service 700 and 700A from 15 September 2014 till December 2019.

On the last day of service (29 August 2020), the last bus looping at Suntec from Bukit Panjang at around 22:45 was performed by SMB12B, and the last bus ending at Suntec from Bukit Panjang at 23:30 was performed by SMB15T. Both were Mercedes-Benz OC500LE buses.

MRT / LRT Stations Served:
Special Departures:
  • Petir Road (Opp Blk 201) Bukit Panjang Temp Bus Pk
    Sundays / Public Holidays: 05:40 – 07:00, until the first bus from Bukit Panjang
Route Variant:
  • Service 700: Bukit Panjang Temp Bus Pk ↔ Shenton Way
    Selected hours on Weekdays & Saturdays

Gallery (Buses):
Poster Gallery:

 


Operator History:
  • 26 December 1999 – 9 May 2004: Trans-Island Bus Services Ltd
  • 10 May 2004 – 29 August 2020: SMRT Buses Ltd
History:
  • 1999 (26 Dec): Introduced between Bt Panjang Int and Temasek Ave (Loop) as an alternate route of Service 700 under Bukit Panjang LRT Rationalisation, operating during evening off peak hours on weekdays and Saturdays and throughout the day on Sundays and Public Holidays
  • 2000: Serves new bus stop before Goldhill Ave along Dunearn Rd
  • 2002 (07 Jul): Skips the bus stop outside Orchard Emerald along Orchard Rd
  • 2002: Converted to regular trunk service, serving all bus stops along Bt Timah Rd/Dunearn Rd and Scotts Rd
  • 2005 (02 Jul): Amended to ply Grange Rd and Orchard Link with the partial closure of Somerset Rd
  • 2006 (18 Jun): Integrated with Service 921 and amended to ply Pending Rd, Petir Rd and Dairy Farm Rd
  • 2006 (29 Oct): Serves relocated bus stop outside Orchard Stn along Orchard Turn
  • 2009 (18 Jan): Serves 2 new pairs of bus stops after and before Chestnut Ave and before and after Dairy Farm Rd along Petir Rd
  • 2012 (01 Jul): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2012 (16 Jul): Amended to Bukit Panjang Temp Bus Park with the closure of Bt Panjang Int
  • 2020 (03 Aug): Announcement of Service Withdrawal on 16 Aug 2020
  • 2020 (13 Aug): Service withdrawal announced to be postponed to 30 Aug 2020
  • 2020 (30 Aug): Service withdrawn
Past Routings:
Year Direction 1 (Loop Service)
1999 Bt Panjang Int, Jelebu Rd, Bt Panjang Rd, BKE, PIE, Whitley Rd, Dunearn Rd, Scotts Rd, Orchard Rd, Bras Basah Rd, Raffles Blvd, Temasek Blvd, Temasek Ave, Raffles Ave, Stamford Rd, Orchard Rd, Penang Rd, Somerset Rd, Orchard Turn, Orchard Blvd, Paterson Rd, Scotts Rd, Bt Timah Rd, Whitley Rd, PIE, BKE, Bt Panjang Rd, Jelebu Rd and Bt Panjang Int.
2005 Bt Panjang Int, Jelebu Rd, Bt Panjang Rd, BKE, PIE, Whitley Rd, Dunearn Rd, Scotts Rd, Orchard Rd, Bras Basah Rd, Raffles Blvd, Temasek Blvd, Temasek Ave, Raffles Ave, Stamford Rd, Orchard Rd, Penang Rd, Somerset Rd, Grange Rd, Orchard Link, Orchard Turn, Orchard Blvd, Paterson Rd, Scotts Rd, Bt Timah Rd, Whitley Rd, PIE, BKE, Bt Panjang Rd, Jelebu Rd and Bt Panjang Int.
2006 Bt Panjang Int, Jelebu Rd, Bt Panjang Rd, Pending Rd, Petir Rd, Dairy Farm Rd, BKE, PIE, Whitley Rd, Dunearn Rd, Scotts Rd, Orchard Rd, Bras Basah Rd, Raffles Blvd, Temasek Blvd, Temasek Ave, Raffles Ave, Stamford Rd, Orchard Rd, Penang Rd, Somerset Rd, Grange Rd, Orchard Link, Orchard Turn, Orchard Blvd, Paterson Rd, Scotts Rd, Bt Timah Rd, Whitley Rd, PIE, BKE, Dairy Farm Rd, Petir Rd, Pending Rd, Bt Panjang Rd, Jelebu Rd and Bt Panjang Int.
2012 Bt Panjang Temp Bus Park, Woodlands Rd, Bt Panjang Rd, Pending Rd, Petir Rd, Dairy Farm Rd, BKE, PIE, Whitley Rd, Dunearn Rd, Scotts Rd, Orchard Rd, Bras Basah Rd, Raffles Blvd, Temasek Blvd, Temasek Ave, Raffles Ave, Stamford Rd, Orchard Rd, Penang Rd, Somerset Rd, Grange Rd, Orchard Link, Orchard Turn, Orchard Blvd, Paterson Rd, Scotts Rd, Bt Timah Rd, Whitley Rd, PIE, BKE, Dairy Farm Rd, Petir Rd, Pending Rd, Bt Panjang Rd, Woodlands Rd and Bt Panjang Temp Bus Park.

 


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5 thoughts on “(Defunct) SMRT Bus Service 700A

  • 8 September 2020 at 4:21 PM
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    F to this wonderful trunk route. It has been serving the residents of Bukit Panjang for quite a while, and it helped to alleviate some of the traffic. A shame that this route is taken away.

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    • 18 September 2020 at 4:47 PM
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      Well since i’m a resident of Bukit Panjang, let me say this. Service 700/700A indeed is a wonderful trunk route, but 700/700A demand had fell very sharply about more than 50% since Downtown Line Stage 2 was opened since 27 December 2015. Because of the sharp decline, 700/700A demand had cause to be unprofitable and caused the demand to be insufficient with duplication of bus services and MRT lines.

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  • 3 August 2020 at 8:56 PM
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    Withdrawing this route is a HUGE mistake by LTA, it could be a very useful relief route for bus 972 and 190, but they didn’t do the associated ammendments, such include going into Bukit Panjang estate. A huge wasted opportunity. Very disappointed in LTA.

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    • 18 September 2020 at 4:43 PM
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      971 help to takeover part of 700A, without Suntec City. Eventually, Downtown Line already serve doorstep at Suntec City eventually, same as Esplanade MRT on CCL

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