[Defunct] SBS Transit Chinatown Direct Bus CT8

Chinatown Direct CT8 was a Chinatown Direct service operated by SBS Transit, running between Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9 and Kampong Bahru Bus Terminal via Chinatown. It was one of two Chinatown Direct services in operation before its withdrawal in June 2022.

Service CT8 will be discontinued from 30 June 2022. The service had been suspended since 15 April 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

CT8
55159 Opp Ang Mo Kio Cmty Hosp Ang Mo Kio Ave 9
55149 Blk 622 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4
55139 Blk 641 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4
54209 Bet Blks 152/155 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4
54199 Bef Mayflower Stn Exit 3 TE6 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4
54189 Mayflower Stn Exit 5 TE6 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4
54221 Opp Ang Mo Kio Pr Sch Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
54231 Blk 129 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
54241 Blk 700B Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
54261 Aft Ang Mo Kio Stn Exit A NS16 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
54271 Blk 586 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
54281 Blk 570 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
54389 Blk 465 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10
54379 Blk 475 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10
05049 Chinatown Stn Exit E NE4DT19 New Bridge Rd
05039 New Bridge Ctr New Bridge Rd
05019 Aft Duxton Plain Pk New Bridge Rd
10011 Bef Neil Rd New Bridge Rd
10499 Kampong Bahru Ter Spooner Rd
10499 Kampong Bahru Ter Spooner Rd
10017 Aft Hosp Dr EW16NE3 Eu Tong Sen St
05012 Bef Pearl's Hill Terr Eu Tong Sen St
05013 Chinatown Stn Exit C NE4DT19 Eu Tong Sen St
54371 Blk 409A Ang Mo Kio Ave 10
54381 Blk 443 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10
54289 Blk 452 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
54279 Blk 427 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
54269 Opp Ang Mo Kio Stn NS16 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
54248 Blk 324 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
54239 Blk 209 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
54229 Ang Mo Kio Pr Sch Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
54181 Mayflower Stn Exit 6 TE6 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4
54191 Mayflower Stn Exit 2 TE6 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4
54201 Opp Blk 155 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4
55131 Blk 612 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4
55141 Opp Blk 622 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4
55151 Ang Mo Kio Comm Hosp Ang Mo Kio Ave 9
Route Overview
Route WAB_logo_20px Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9 ↔ Kampong Bahru Bus Terminal
Passes Through Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, New Bridge Rd / Eu Tong Sen St
Route Length Towards Kampong Bahru: 17.8 km Towards AMK Ave 9: 17.5 km
Travelling Time 50 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Bishan–Toa Payoh Bus Package
Former Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Former Depot Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP)
Former Fleet Single Deck Bus:
Scania K230UB
Operating Hours
Departure Times from Ang Mo Kio Ave 9
Weekdays Saturdays Sundays / Public Holidays
10:04 – 16:40 10:03 – 20:27 10:03 – 20:18
Departure Times from Kampong Bahru
Weekdays Saturdays & Sundays / Public Holidays
10:56 – 16:56 10:56 – 21:56
Operating Frequency
From AMK Ave 9
6:30am–8.30am 8.31am–4.59pm 5.00pm–7.00pm After 7.00pm
Weekdays 11 – 36 mins
Saturdays 27 – 37 mins 30 – 31 mins 30 – 31 mins
Sundays / Public Holidays 30 – 36 mins 31 – 32 mins 32 mins
From Kampong Bahru
6:30am–8.30am 8.31am–4.59pm 5.00pm–7.00pm After 7.00pm
Weekdays 20 – 35 mins
Saturdays 31 – 37 mins 33 mins 30 mins
Sundays / Public Holidays 31 – 37 mins 32 mins 25 – 32 mins
Fare Information
Fare Flat Fare. Transfer benefits from distance fares & monthly concession passes are not applicable.
Cash / Card Fares Adult, PWD, WTCS Senior Citizen Student Child (card)
$2.00 $1.10 $1.10 Free
Note PWD – Persons with Disabilities
WTCS – WorkFare Transport Concession Scheme cardholders

 

Chinatown Direct CT8 was introduced in Jan 2005 along with CT18 and CT28, connecting residential estates in Ang Mo Kio with the City areas of Chinatown and Outram Park. Incorporating an express sector along the CTE, the route offers fast and direct connection for commuters who would otherwise have to rely on feeder buses and transfers between MRT lines to reach Chinatown.

Prior to its withdrawal, CT8 was the most successful of Chinatown Direct routes, with high commuter traffic throughout the day. The frequency was stepped up since its introduction in 2005.

Originally using the green-background destination signs, they have been phased out in favour of electronic route displays installed on wheelchair-accessible buses. Despite starting and ending at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9, buses running on CT8 used Yio Chu Kang Bus Interchange as a layover point until March 2018, where it was changed to Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot.

During the Chinese New Year festive period, operating hours will be adjusted.

The service was suspended from 15 April 2020 due to the COVID-19 situation in Singapore. It continued to remain suspended until its discontinuation on 30 June 2022. The last day of operations was on 14 April 2020.

MRT Stations Served
Departure Timings
From Opp Ang Mo Kio Cmty Hosp, Ang Mo Kio Ave 9
Weekdays 10:04, 10:15, 10:41, 11:07, 11:33, 11:59, 12:35, 13:08, 13:38, 13:58, 14:18, 14:53, 15:28, 16:04, 16:40
Saturdays 10:03, 10:30, 11:01, 11:32, 12:03, 12:39, 13:15, 13:52, 14:28, 15:05, 15:41, 16:17, 16:54, 17:25, 17:55, 18:25, 18:56, 19:26, 19:57, 20:27
Sundays / Public Holidays 10:03, 10:33, 11:03, 11:33, 12:03, 12:36, 13:12, 13:48, 14:21, 14:54, 15:27, 16:01, 16:35, 17:09,
17:41, 18:12, 18:43, 19:14, 19:46, 20:18
From Kampong Bahru Bus Terminal
Weekdays 10:56, 11:31, 12:04, 12:34, 12:54, 13:14, 13:46, 14:18, 14:42, 15:06, 15:29, 15:58, 16:27, 16:56
Saturdays 10:56, 11:29, 12:02, 12:33, 13:04, 13:41, 14:18, 14:55, 15:31, 16:07, 16:42, 17:17, 17:50, 18:23, 18:56,
19:26, 19:56, 20:26, 20:56, 21:26, 21:56
Sundays / Public Holidays 10:56, 11:27, 11:58, 12:29, 13:00, 13:32, 14:09, 14:46, 15:18, 15:50, 16:22, 16:58, 17:34, 18:06, 18:38, 19:10, 19:42, 20:14, 20:39, 21:05, 21:31, 21:56

 


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Operator History
  • 21 Jan 2005 – 29 Jun 2022: SBS Transit Ltd
Route History
Past Routings
Year Route
Direction 1 Direction 2
2005 Ang Mo Kio Ave 9, Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, CTE, Havelock Rd, New Bridge Rd and New Bridge Rd Ter. New Bridge Rd Ter, Eu Tong Sen St, Upp Cross St, CTE, Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, Ang Mo Kio Ave 4 and Ang Mo Kio Ave 9
2018 Ang Mo Kio Ave 9, Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, CTE, Havelock Rd, New Bridge Rd, Kampong Bahru Rd, Spooner Rd and Kampong Bahru Ter. Kampong Bahru Ter, Spooner Rd, Kampong Bahru Rd, Eu Tong Sen St, Upp Cross St, CTE, Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, Ang Mo Kio Ave 4 and Ang Mo Kio Ave 9

 


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5 thoughts on “[Defunct] SBS Transit Chinatown Direct Bus CT8

  • 1 July 2022 at 12:29 PM
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    Sad to see it go. I thought it is a good alternative for AMK residents to go Chinatown before TEL3 opens.

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  • 16 April 2022 at 6:58 PM
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    This service will be most likely withdrawn with the introduction of TEL 3.

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    • 16 June 2022 at 11:19 AM
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      But it will be withdrawn from 30 June 2022.

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  • 17 August 2017 at 7:27 PM
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    Why doesn’t it use DD during CNY since there’s no route limitation (according to your information)?

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    • 7 January 2020 at 3:07 PM
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      There is insufficent demand on this service.

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