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SMRT Express Service 951E is an AM/PM-Peak Express service between Woodlands Street 82 and Shenton Way, passing through SLE, CTE, Dhoby Ghaut and Bras Basah. The route operates City-bound trips in the mornings and Woodlands-bound trips in the evenings, and is the twelfth bus service introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).
Service 951E was amended to serve Woodlands Ave 5 instead of part of Woodlands Ave 4 & Woodlands Ave 1 from 12 October 2015. Skipped Bus Stops will be served by City Direct Service 665.
^ SMRT MAN NL323F A22 (SMB1586E) – Service 951E
|Route||[AM]: Woodlands Street 82 (Blk 875) → Shenton Way (Opp MAS Building)
[PM]: Anson Road (Hub Synergy Point) → Woodlands Street 82 (Blk 816)
|Passes Through||SLE, CTE, Orchard, Bras Basah|
|Route Length||29.1km (D1) | 29.6km (D2)|
|Current Operator||SMRT Buses|
|Current Depot||Woodlands Bus Depot (WLDEP)|
|Current Fleet||12-metre Double Deck Bus:
– Alexander Dennis Enviro500
12-metre Single Deck Bus:
– MAN NL323F
|Departure Times from T1||0715 – 0750 (Weekdays, 6 trips)|
|Departure Times from T2||1815 – 1830 (Weekdays, 2 trips)|
|Frequency||Direction 1||Direction 2|
|0630-0830: 07 – 10 mins
After 1930: –
1700-1930: 15 mins
After 1930: –
Express service 951E provides residents of Woodlands with greater connectivity to Dhoby Ghaut and Shenton Way. By running parallel to the existing North-South Line (NSL), the service provides a travel alternative for commuters who relied on the rail network and existing feeder buses to and from work in the Central areas. The route incorporates a long express sector between Woodlands Avenue 1 and Dhoby Ghaut via Woodlands Avenue 12, Seletar Expressway (SLE) and Central Expressway (CTE), significantly improving journey time for commuters.
This is the twelfth bus service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), which provides more options for commuters using stretches of the existing rail lines that experience persistently high ridership, while ongoing rail enhancement measures are being implemented. As such, buses operating on this route are funded under the BSEP.
Operating during weekday peak hours only, Service 951E encounters very high demand on a daily basis, with buses often encountering full loading. Morning departures were gradually increased from 2 to 6, with Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-deck buses operating on a regular basis.
Apart from Express 951E, Premium 587 also offers connections from parts of Woodlands to Shenton Way, while covering more of Orchard Road but charges higher Premium fares, as compared to distance-based express fares.
2015 Route Amendment
To reduce the duplicated sectors due to the launch of City Direct Service 665, Service 951E was amended to ply Woodlands Ave 5 instead of part of Woodlands Ave 4 and Woodlands Ave 1 from 12 October 2015. Commuters who used to board Service 951E along the last 2 stops at Woodlands Ave 4 & Woodlands Ave 1 should switch to City Direct 665 from the day of the route amendment, which duplicates Service 951E’s CBD Sectors.
Fare: Charges regular distance-based express fares. See Bus Fares for exact fares.
Fleet: Service 951E′s fleet comprises of MAN NL323F buses under the BSEP scheme.
|Direction 1||Direction 2|
|Woodlands St 82
– Blk 875
– Blk 880
Woodlands Ave 4
Woodlands Ave 5
Woodlands Ave 12 (express)
Bras Basah Rd
– Hub Synergy Pt
Woodlands Ave 5
Woodlands Ave 4
History of departure amendments:
|Date||AM Peak||Departure timings from Woodlands Street 82|
|17 Jun 2013||2 trips||7:30am and 7:45am|
|12 Aug 2013||3 trips||7:25am, 7:35am and 7:45am|
|14 Oct 2013||4 trips||7:15am, 7:25am, 7:35am and 7:45am|
|13 Jan 2014||5 trips||7:15am, 7:25am, 7:35am, 7:42am and 7:50am|
|14 Apr 2014||6 trips||7:15am, 7:23am, 7:30am, 7:36am, 7:43am and 7:50am|
2013 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd
The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2016.
2013 (17 Jun): Introduced as a bidirectional AM/PM-Peak hour service from Woodlands St 82 to Shenton Way under the BSEP. Operates two trips on weekday mornings at 7:30am and 7:45am, and weekday evenings at 6:15pm and 6:30pm. Charges Express fares under the Distance-Based Fare scheme.
2013 (12 Aug): Introduction of 3rd AM Peak departure
2013 (14 Oct): Introduction of 4th AM Peak departure
2014 (13 Jan): Introduction of 5th AM Peak departure
2014 (14 Apr): Introduction of 6th AM Peak trip.
2014 (15 Sep): Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-deck buses deployed
2015 (12 Oct): Amended to ply Woodlands Ave 5, skipping part of Ave 4 & Ave 1 due to duplication with City Direct 665
Refer to this article
[AM] Woodlands St 82, Ave 4, Ave 1, Ave 12, SLE, CTE, Buyong Rd, Orchard Rd, Bras Basah Rd, Nicoll Highway, Collyer Quay, Raffles Quay, Shenton Way
[PM] Anson Rd, Robinson Rd, Fullerton Rd, Esplanade Dr, Stamford Rd, Orchard Rd, Penang Rd, Buyong Rd, CTE, SLE, Woodlands Ave 12, Ave 1, Ave 4, St 82
2015: No significant route changes since 2015
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