SBS Transit Bus Service 53M


SBS Transit Bus Service 53M is a trunk service plying between Hougang Avenue 1 and looping at Serangoon Central, passing through Lorong Ah Soo, Upper Paya Lebar Road, Serangoon Central and Upper Serangoon Road. It is a route variant of Service 53, introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) and was launched on Sunday, 16 August 2015.

Service 53M will call at an additional bus stop (63141 Boundary Rd – Blk 209) from 24 Jan 2016.

^ SBST Mercedes-Benz Citaro (SBS6582Z) – Service 53M

Route Information
Route Hougang Avenue 1 ↺ Serangoon Central (Loop) 
Passes Through Lor Ah Soo, Upp Paya Lebar Rd, S’goon Ctrl, Upp S’goon Rd
Route Length 5.9km
Travelling Time 25mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SBS Transit
Current Depot Hougang Bus Depot (HGDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre SIngle Deck bus:
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro 
Departure Times from T1 Daily: 0600hrs – 2300hrs
Frequency (TBC) Loop Service
0630-0830: 6 – 13 mins
0831-1659: 4 – 25 mins
1700-1930: 7 – 22 mins
After 1930: 5 – 23 mins

Route History

Service 53M is a supplementary route of Service 53, duplicating a short stretch of its parent service between Hougang Avenue 1 and Serangoon Central. It enhances bus connections for commuters along Service 53’s most crowded short stretches of route, and was launched on Sunday, 16 August 2015.

The service operates daily from 6.00am to 11.00pm, serving residential areas along Hougang Avenue 1 and Lorong Ah Soo with better access to the key transport node of Serangoon Central, where commuters can transfer to other bus services or the rail network. It serves amenities such as the market/food centre along Hougang Avenue 1 and the Aljunied Community Club, as well as schools such as Paya Lebar Girls’ School and Yuying Secondary School. The route will releive demand off Service 45 and 53, which encounters very heavy loading along the sectors pied by 53M.

Shortworking trip 53A and 53B, which ply the Serangon Central bound and Hougang Avenue 1 bound sectors during the AM and PM peak periods respectively, were withdrawn after the introduction of 53M due to duplicating sectors.

With no evident terminating point, Service 53M buses turnaround at the Hougang St 21 vehicle park next to Blk 206, the site of the former Hougang South Bus Interchange (and current Service 115 terminating point). However, no boarding and alighting is allowed outside the designated bus stops of this route. Buses officially park at Hougang Central Interchange during their scheduled breaks.

Route variants:

  • Service 53: Bishan Bus Interchange ↺ Changi Airport PTB2 (Loop)

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

Fleet: See Above

Route Information: (List of acronyms)

Loop Service (via Serangoon Central)
  • Hougang Ave 1
    Opp Blk 232
    – Blk 239
    – Blk 105 Mkt/FC
  • Lor Ah Soo
    – Opp Blk 105
    – Paya Lebar Girls’ Sch
    – Opp The Minton
  • Upp Paya Lebar Rd
    – Paya Lebar Camp
  • Boundary Rd
    – Blk 209 (From 24 Jan)
  • Serangoon Central
    – Blk 206
    – S’goon Stn
  • Upp Serangoon Rd
    – Opp Blk 1
  • Upp Paya Lebar Rd
    – Blk 161
  • Lor Ah Soo
    – The Minton
    – Opp Paya Lebar Girls’ Sch
    – Blk 115
  • Hougang Ave 1
    – Aljunied CC
    – Opp Yuyung Sec Sch
    Blk 232

Operator History:

  • 2015 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

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



  • 2015 (16 Aug): Introduced between Hougang Ave 1 and Serangoon Ctrl under LTA’s Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP). Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB) at launch
  • 2016 (24 Jan): Calls at 65141 Boundary Rd – Block 209




External Links & References:

  • TransitLink E-Guide

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One thought on “SBS Transit Bus Service 53M

  1. After the last stop at ave 1 it should turn left into hougang ST. 21 and then loop at the Kovan hub then out again to ST 21 then right to hougang ave 1. This way it serves more commuters who want to go to the heartland mall. Presently it terminates at .ave 1 and all commuters must alight then walk to the mall or transfer to bus 113. Hope this suggestion will be taken up. Thank you. God Bless.

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