SBS Transit Bus Service 860

SBS Transit Bus Service 860 is a trunk route from Yishun Bus Interchange and looping at Yio Chu Kang Bus Interchange, passing through Yishun Avenue 9, Yishun Ring Road, Upper Thomson Road and Ang Mo Kio Ave 5. It was the very first service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme, or BSEP, linking the eastern sections of Yishun Ring Road with Khatib and Yishun MRT stations, before being extended to loop at Yio Chu Kang in October 2017.

Bus Service 860 serves the new Yishun Integrated Transport Hub from 8 September 2019.

 

860
Yishun Int ↺ Yio Chu Kang Int (Loop)
59009
Yishun Int
Yishun Avenue 2
59169
Bet Blks 201/202
Yishun Central
59179
Blk 241
Yishun Avenue 9
59389
Opp Blk 314
Yishun Ring Road
59399
Opp Blk 367
Yishun Ring Road
59409
Evangel Family Ch
Yishun Ring Road
59419
Blk 413
Yishun Ring Road
59639
Bet Blks 445/449
Yishun Ring Road
59579
Blk 456
Yishun Ring Road
59761
Blk 504C
Yishun Ring Road
59719
Opp Blk 672C
Yishun Ring Road
59439
Blk 858
Yishun Ring Road
59429
Blk 846
Yishun Ring Road
59051
Blk 790
Yishun Avenue 2
59339
Blk 776
Yishun Avenue 3
59549
Khatib Camp
Yishun Avenue 3
59559
Opp Blk 722
Yishun Avenue 3
57079
Khatib Camp
Sembawang Road
57069
Opp Dieppe Barracks
Sembawang Road
57059
Opp Sembawang Air Base
Sembawang Road
57049
Opp Nee Soon HQ 22 SIB
Sembawang Road
57039
Spiritual Grace Presby Ch
Sembawang Road
57029
Aft The Springside
Sembawang Road
57019
Springleaf Nature Pk
Upper Thomson Road
56099
Aft Springleaf Rd
Upper Thomson Road
56089
Aft SLE
Upper Thomson Road
56079
Aft Old Upp Thomson Rd
Upper Thomson Road
56069
Bef Tagore Dr
Upper Thomson Road
56059
Bef Tagore Rd
Upper Thomson Road
56049
Meadows @ Peirce
Upper Thomson Road
56191
Teachers’ Housing Est
Yio Chu Kang Road
56201
Aft Munshi Abdullah Ave
Yio Chu Kang Road
55129
Blk 604
Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5
55119
Blk 617
Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5
54451
Blk 643
Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5
54461
Blk 649
Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5
55201
Opp Anderson JC
Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6
55509
Yio Chu Kang Int
Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8
55209
Anderson JC
Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6
54469
Opp Blk 649
Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5
54459
Blk 151
Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5
55111
Blk 180
Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5
55121
Opp Blk 604
Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5
56209
Bef Thomson Hills Dr
Yio Chu Kang Road
56199
Aft Thomson Hills Dr
Yio Chu Kang Road
56041
Opp Meadows @ Peirce
Upper Thomson Road
56051
Opp Tagore Rd
Upper Thomson Road
56061
Aft Tagore Dr
Upper Thomson Road
56071
Bef Old Upp Thomson Rd
Upper Thomson Road
56081
Bef SLE
Upper Thomson Road
56091
Bef Springleaf Rd
Upper Thomson Road
57011
Opp Springleaf Nature Pk
Upper Thomson Road
57021
Forest Hills Condo
Sembawang Road
57031
Nee Soon Driclad Ctr
Sembawang Road
57041
Nee Soon HQ 22 SIB
Sembawang Road
57051
Aft Sembawang Air Base
Sembawang Road
57061
Dieppe Barracks
Sembawang Road
57071
Opp Khatib Camp
Sembawang Road
59551
Blk 722
Yishun Avenue 3
59541
Opp Khatib Camp
Yishun Avenue 3
59331
Blk 773
Yishun Avenue 3
59059
Blk 608
Yishun Avenue 2
59421
Blk 624
Yishun Ring Road
59431
Blk 630
Yishun Ring Road
59711
Blk 672C
Yishun Ring Road
59571
Opp Northbrooks Sec Sch
Yishun Ring Road
59631
Opp Blk 445
Yishun Ring Road
59411
Blk 356
Yishun Ring Road
59401
Blk 358
Yishun Ring Road
59391
Blk 342B
Yishun Ring Road
59381
Blk 314
Yishun Ring Road
59171
Blk 309
Yishun Avenue 9
59161
Opp Blk 201
Yishun Central
59009
Yishun Int
Yishun Avenue 2

 

Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Yishun Bus Interchange Yio Chu Kang Bus Interchange (Loop)
Passes Through Yishun Ave 9, Yishun Ring Rd, Sembawang Rd, Upp Thomson Rd, Ang Mo Kio Ave 5
Route Length 29.6 km
Travelling Time 115 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Seletar Bus Package
Current Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Current Depot Seletar Bus Depot
Current Fleet 12-metre Single Deck Bus:
MAN NL323F
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Departure Times from Yishun
0530hrs – 2242hrs (Daily) | Full Trip
2254hrs – 2330hrs (Daily) | Ends at Yio Chu Kang Int
Departure Times from Yio Chu Kang 0530hrs – 2335hrs (Daily)
Frequency Loop Service
0630hrs – 0830hrs: 10 mins
0831hrs – 1659hrs: 11 – 13 mins
1700hrs – 1900hrs: 10 – 12 mins
After 1900hrs: 10 – 14 mins
Background:
Service 860: October 2017 Amendment Poster
Service 860: October 2017 Amendment Poster

Service 860 is a residential trunk route serving within the housing estates of Yishun, connecting housing blocks, schools and public amenities along Yishun Ave 9, Yishun Ring Road and Yishun Ave 3 with connections to key transport nodes at Khatib MRT, and Yishun Bus Interchange & MRT. The route serves schools such as Yishun Town Secondary, North View Secondary and Naval Base Secondary, and community amenities such as Nee Soon East Community Centre and Yishun Swimming Complex.

On Sunday, 15 October 2017, Service 860 was extended to Yio Chu Kang via Springleaf and Tagore Industrial Estate, to improve local and inter-town connectivity between Ang Mo Kio and Yishun. The extended Service 860 operated daily (including public holidays) from 5.30am to 11.30pm from Yishun Bus Interchange, and from 5.30am to 11.35pm from Yio Chu Kang Bus Interchange. Short-Trip Bus Service 860A was also withdrawn. Commuters from Yishun Ave 9 & Yishun Ring Rd heading to and from Khatib MRT Station should take Bus Service 807 instead.

Historical Information:

Introduced on 21 Oct 2012, the route is the very first service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme or BSEP. The route compliments Service 804, which frequently occurs overcrowding and does not provide links to Khatib MRT. Service 860 also enhances connectivity for residents of Yishun Ring Road.

The service benefited from a capacity upgrade in late April 2015, when SMRT arranged for a Mercedes-Benz O405G articulated bus to perform several round trips during the Weekday morning peak, going against LTA’s regulations of deploying non-BSEP buses on BSEP bus services. However, Member of Parliament Dr Lee Bee Wah saw this arrangement as a permanent fixture and commended LTA for the “fleet improvement” for Service 860. Since the bus depot handling Service 860 (Ang Mo Kio Depot) could not accommodate double-decker buses back then, negotiations between LTA and SMRT Buses allowed for a permanent articulated bus crossover from Service 854 during the morning peak hours. This is the first known exception to the BSEP bus deployment regulation set by LTA.

The service received yet another fleet enhancement with a MAN A24 articulated bus being deployed on a daily basis on Service 860 from 15 November 2015. Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC Mr Louis Ng joined Minister Ong Ye Kung along with SMRT Staff for “Launch of the bendy bus for Service 860”. However, this was not the debut of regular bendy bus arrangements (see above), but rather, a dedicated high-capacity articulated bus for Service 860.

On 12 January 2017, Double-Decker buses made their debut on Bus Service 860 as well as Shortworking Trip 860A, catering to exceptionally high demand along Yishun Ring Road.

Special Departures
  • Yio Chu Kang Int → Yishun Int
    Daily: 0530hrs, 0542hrs, 0554hrs, 0606hrs, 0618hrs
  • Yishun Int → Yio Chu Kang Int
    Daily: 2254hrs, 2306hrs, 2318hrs, 2330hrs
MRT Stations Served

Fare: Charges basic distance fares. See Bus Fares.


Gallery: (SBS Transit)


Operator History:

  • 21 Oct 2012 – 17 Mar 2018: SMRT Buses Ltd
  • 18 Mar 2018 onwards: SBS Transit Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2023 under the Seletar Bus Package.

History:

  • 2012 (21 Oct): introduced from Yishun to Yishun Ring Rd (Loop), via Yishun Ave 9, Yishun Ring Rd, Yishun Ave 3, Yishun Ave 2, Yishun Ring Rd, Yishun Ave 9, Yishun Ctrl & Yishun Ave 2. This bus service is under Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).
  • 2012 (15 Nov): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2015 (14 Mar): Amended to Yishun Temp Int
  • 2015 (25 May): Shortworking trip 860A introduced during weekday morning peak hours.
  • 2015 (06 Sep): Calls at a new pair of bus stops along Yishun Ring Rd
  • 2016 (16 Oct): Serves a new bus stop outside Blk 504C along Yishun Ring Rd
  • 2017 (12 Jan): Start of double-decker bus deployments
  • 2017 (27 Aug): First bus on Sundays & Public Holidays brought forward from 0545hrs to 0530hrs
  • 2017 (15 Oct): Extended to Yio Chu Kang Int. Skips Khatib MRT Station. Short Trip Service 860A withdrawn.
  • 2018 (18 Mar): Operations transferred to SBS Transit as part of the Seletar Bus Package
  • 2019 (08 Sep): Amended to Yishun Integrated Transport Hub

Past Routings:

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6 thoughts on “SBS Transit Bus Service 860

  • 19 December 2017 at 7:06 AM
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    The bus is driving at extremely slow pace and stopping at every stop when there are no passengers. It’s definitely frustrating when it comes to peak hours when everyone is rushing for work and the bus captain needs to drag the bus to meet the timing and waste commuters time. Can the bus just drive at a normal pace?

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  • 10 November 2017 at 2:24 PM
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    Why does Bus 860 travel so slowly? It move like a tortoise crawling. The driver will stop at every bus stop even there is no passenger alighting or boarding. It took 40 mins from Khatib camp to Yio Chu Kang Interchange. At first i am very happy that there is a straight bus from Khatib to YCK interchange but it is so disappointed.

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    • 11 November 2017 at 3:45 PM
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      The scheduled running time for this bus service is excessive, resulting in Bus Captains driving at a very slow speed.

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  • 16 September 2017 at 1:25 PM
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    Given that 807 will replicate the Yishun Ring Road portion and that 860 will no longer call Khatib MRT, I do not quite understand why the new routing still needs to go through Yishun Ring Road. Would it be better to go via Yishun Central? That way, it will connect Springleaf/Teacher’s Estate directly to KTPH.

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    • 15 October 2017 at 1:57 PM
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      They still need 860 to ply at ring road to ease 807 load on morning peak hours and 860 is still the fastest way to get to khatib mrt station (walk from 846 bus stop) or major supermarket at block 845 inside block 400+ and 300+ cause 804 806 800 still go through 1 big round before reaching northpoint

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  • 27 June 2016 at 11:45 PM
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    An essential link for Yishun Ring Rd neighbourhood 3 & 4 where bus services were seriously lacking. Thanks to BSEP which brought in new routes like 103(extended), 663, 803 & 805. Look forward to more trunk route additions with the completion of several flats at St 51 and Ave 4 which will further increase 860’s current high loading.
    Planners may consider diversion of existing routes from main road.

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