SMRT Bus Service 981

SMRT Bus Service 981 is a Peak-Hour, unidirectional trunk route between Sembawang Interchange and Senoko Industrial Estate, passing through Canberra Road and Senoko Drive. The route links industrial areas around Senoko and Admiralty Road West with the transport node of Sembawang.

981
58009 Sembawang Int NS11 Sembawang Vista
58259 Opp Sun Plaza Sembawang Dr
58219 Opp Sembawang Stn NS11 Sembawang Way
58111 Blk 351 CP Canberra Rd
58121 Blk 424A CP Canberra Rd
58131 Aft Assyafaah Mque Canberra Rd
58169 Aft HomeTeamNS Sembawang Resort Admiralty Rd West
58149 Opp Sembawang Shipyard G 8 Admiralty Rd West
47809 Opp Sunshine Bakery Admiralty Rd West
47119 Aft Senoko Way Senoko Ave
47109 Maxsteel Enterprise Senoko Dr
47099 MASTERDON Senoko Dr
47121 Opp Lian Aik Siong Machinery Senoko Rd
47131 Fuji Oil S'Pore Senoko Rd
47141 Bef Sc Auto Senoko Rd
47151 Aft Scania S'Pore Senoko Rd
47129 Lian Aik Siong Machinery Senoko Rd
47169 CHUAN LIM CONSTRN Senoko Dr
47179 Comfortdelgro Engrg Senoko Loop
47189 K.U.S. Holdings Senoko Loop
47199 Bef Senoko Dr Senoko Loop
47121 Opp Lian Aik Siong Machinery Senoko Rd
47131 Fuji Oil S'Pore Senoko Rd
47141 Bef Sc Auto Senoko Rd
47151 Aft Scania S'Pore Senoko Rd
47129 Lian Aik Siong Machinery Senoko Rd
47169 CHUAN LIM CONSTRN Senoko Dr
47179 Comfortdelgro Engrg Senoko Loop
47189 K.U.S. Holdings Senoko Loop
47199 Bef Senoko Dr Senoko Loop
47091 Bef Senoko Cres Senoko Dr
47101 Aft Senoko Ave Senoko Dr
47111 Bef Senoko Way Senoko Ave
47801 Sunshine Bakery Admiralty Rd West
58141 Sembawang Camp Admiralty Rd West
58161 Bef Sembawang Shipyard G 3 Admiralty Rd West
58139 Bef Assyafaah Mque Canberra Rd
58129 Blk 508 CP Canberra Rd
58119 Blk 502A Canberra Rd
58211 Sembawang Stn NS11 Sembawang Way
58251 Sun Plaza/Sembawang Stn NS11 Sembawang Dr
58009 Sembawang Int NS11 Sembawang Vista
Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
[AM]: Sembawang Bus Interchange → Senoko Loop (Bef Senoko Dr)
[PM]:
Senoko Road (Opp Lian Aik Song Machinery) → Sembawang Bus Interchange
Passes Through Canberra Road, Senoko Drive
Route Length 8.2 km (D1) | 8.3 km (D2)
Travelling Time 25 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package
Current Operator SMRT Buses Ltd
Current Depot Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP)
Buses park at: Yishun Temporary Bus Interchange
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Bus:
Alexander Dennis Enviro500
MAN A95
12-metre Single Deck Bus:
Mercedes-Benz Citaro
Mercedes-Benz OC500LE
– MAN NL323F
Departure Times from Sembawang 0645hrs – 0915hrs (Weekdays, Saturdays)
Departure Times from Senoko Rd
1700hrs – 1930hrs (Weekdays)
1200hrs – 1400hrs (Saturdays)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 08 – 09 mins
0831-1659: 08 – 09 mins
1700-1900: NA
After 1900: NA
0630-0830: NA
0831-1659: NA
1700-1900: 08 – 10 mins
After 1900: 08 – 09 mins

Service 981 is a largely industrial route, connecting the many industries around Senoko Loop, Senoko Dr, Senoko Rd, Senoko Avenue and Admiralty Road West with transport nodes at Sembawang Town Centre. The route also serves dedicated sectors along sections of Senoko Road/Drive/Loop with no other bus services.

Operating only on Weekdays and Saturdays, the route plies in a unidirectional fashion, with Senoko-bound trips in the morning and Sembawang-bound trips in the afternoon or evening. (On Saturdays, the return trips are operated in the afternoon rather than the evening.)

Apart from Service 981, Services 169 and 856 provide daily bus connections to the industrial areas around Senoko and Admiralty Rd West. High capacity double-deck buses were deployed on weekdays since October 2015 to cope with high demand levels.

MRT Station Served:

Fare: Charges basic distance fares. See Bus Fares.

Gallery

Operator History:

  • 1999 – 2004: Trans-Island Bus Services Ltd
  • 2004 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd
  • (~September 2021) onwards: Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd

Operations for this route would be transferred to Tower Transit in 2021 as part of the Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package.

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2026 under the Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package.

History:

  • 1999: Introduced as a unidirectional peak hour service between Sembawang MRT and Senoko. Morning trips towards Senoko on Mondays to Saturdays, return trips to Sembawang on Weekday evenings and Saturday afternoons.
  • 2005 (20 Nov): Amended to Sembawang interchange via Sembawang Drive and Sembawang Vista
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2013 (21 Apr): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2015 (12 Oct): Start of Double Decker Bus Deployments

Past Routings:

 

3 thoughts on “SMRT Bus Service 981

  • 5 August 2019 at 5:06 PM
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    This service, bus128 and bus177 needs to be a 24/7 trunk services, bus 128 needs to call more stops and this service can loop at Senoko drive. No change in bus 177, just adjust the operating hours

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  • 4 June 2016 at 1:30 PM
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    This bus service is AMDEP according to SgWiki and I saw the 4 perm carrying refueling work at amdep

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    • 21 June 2016 at 11:01 PM
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      Maybe for temporary measure or just refuel at Amdep.882 also I think will be back to Wldep.

      Reply

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