SMRT Bus Service 856

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SMRT Bus Service 856 is a trunk route linking Yishun Interchange and Woodlands Interchange, passing through Sembawang, Senoko Industrial Estate, Woodlands Centre and Marsiling MRT.

Route Information
Route Yishun Temporary Bus Interchange ↔ Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange
Passes Through Sembawang, Senoko Industrial Estate, Woodlands Centre, Marsiling MRT
Route Length 15.4km (D1) | 16.4km (D2)
Travelling Time 55mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SMRT Buses
Current Depot Woodlands Bus Depot (WLDEP)
Current Fleet Alexander Dennis Enviro500
Mercedes-Benz O405G

MAN NL323F
Departure Times from T1 0530 – 2345 (Weekdays, Saturdays)
0540 – 2345 (Sundays/PHs)
Departure Times from T2 0530 – 2350 (Weekdays, Saturdays)
0540 – 2350 (Sundays/PHs)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 06 – 09 mins
0831-1659: 06 – 13 mins
1700-1930: 07 – 09 mins
After 1930: 08 – 14 mins
0630-0830: 04 – 07 mins
0831-1659: 06 – 13 mins
1700-1930: 07 – 09 mins
After 1930: 08 – 14 mins

Route History

Service 856 is both a residential and industrial route, linking the industrial areas of Admiralty Road West and Senoko with Yishun, Sembawang, Marsiling and Woodlands estates. The route also provides residential connections between Woodlands Int and Woodlands Town Centre, as well as between Sembawang and Yishun. As such, it benefits from moderate to high demand throughout the day, with exceptionally high demand during the peak hours, and high capacity articulated buses deployed on a daily basis.

During peak hours, Service 981 compliments the service by strenghtening bus connections between Sembawang MRT/Int and industrial areas around Admiralty Road West and Senoko.

Fare: Charges fares for regular trunk services. See Bus Fares for exact fares.

Fleet: Service 856′s fleet comprises of a majority of Mercedes-Benz O405G buses to cope with high demand, and smaller numbers of Mercedes-Benz O405 and MAN NL323F buses. Additional MAN NL323F buses were added under the BSEP scheme. Alexander Dennis Enviro500 Double Decker buses are deployed since May 2015. It is planned that another double-decker will be deployed to replace a single-decker in August (Straits Times, 6 July 2015.)

Route Information:

Direction 1 Direction 2
  • Yishun Temp Int
  • Yishun Ave 5
  • Sembawang Rd
  • Canberra Rd
  • Admiralty Rd West
  • Senoko Ave
  • Senoko Dr
  • Senoko Rd
  • Admiralty Rd West
  • Admiralty Rd
  • Woodlands Centre Rd
  • Woodlands Ave 3
  • Woodlands Reg Int
  • Woodlands Reg Int
  • Woodlands Ave 3
  • Woodlands Centre Rd
  • Admiralty Rd
  • Admiralty Rd West
  • Senoko Rd
  • Senoko Dr
  • Senoko Ave
  • Admiralty Rd West
  • Canberra Rd
  • Sembawang Rd
  • Yishun Ave 5
  • Yishun Ave 2
  • Yishun Temp Int

Operator History:

  • 1988 – 2004: Trans-Island Bus Services Ltd
  • 2004 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2016.

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Gallery:

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History:

  • 1988 (18 Dec): Introduced between Yishun Int and Woodlands Int
  • 1996 (04 Feb): Extended to Woodlands Regional interchange
  • 1996 (10 Mar): Amended to ply Canberra Rd instead of Sembawang Rd, Admiralty Rd East and West.
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2015 (14 Mar): Amended to Yishun Temp Int
  • 2015 (18 May): Start of Alexander Dennis Enviro500 Double Decker bus deployment

Past Routings:

  • Refer to this article
  • 1996: Amended to present routing. No significant route changes since 2006.

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External Links:

  • TransitLink E-Guide
  • SGWiki – Buses

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4 thoughts on “SMRT Bus Service 856

  1. Does bus 856 lead us to AWP -Admiralty West Prison. From Yishun interchange, how many stops and how long is the time to reach Admiralty West Prison. Your answer will be appreciated.

  2. Bus856 towards to yishun always full at b05 admiralty rd during peak hour. Wait for 1 half hour from 740 to 9am. Stuck more than 100 persons.

  3. This bus 856 service is the worst service i ever seen.With lots foreign workers inside and dont move in with initiative causes passengers unable to board the bus,drivers cant even do anything or carry on any necesssary command to get the people move in.This is the first time i write in but this a long and accumliate ptoblem.Which i hope the management can resolved this matter.Thks.

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