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Headquarters  Loyang Bus Depot
Depots  Loyang Bus Depot
Depot  Loyang Bus Depot
Founded  4 September 2016
Routes  26
Service type  Bus operator
Chief executive  David Cutts (interim)
Parent organization  Go-Ahead Group
Fleet  380
Service area  East Region, Singapore
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Website  www.go-aheadsingapore.com
Hubs  Punggol Temporary Bus Interchange, Pasir Ris Bus Interchange, Changi Airport Bus Terminal

Go-Ahead Singapore is a new Singapore bus operator that commenced operations on 4 September 2016. It is a subsidiary of the Go-Ahead Group. It is the fourth public transport operator and the second public transport operator operating under the Bus Contracting Model, after Tower Transit Singapore.

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History

In April 2015, the Land Transport Authority called for tenders to operate 25 routes based at Changi Airport Bus Terminal, Changi Village Bus Terminal, Pasir Ris Bus Interchange, and Punggol Bus Interchange out of Loyang Bus Depot as part of its new contracting model. Busways, Go-Ahead Group, Keolis, RATP Group/Transdev, SBS Transit, SMRT Buses, Tian Tan Shipping/Kumho Construction and Woodlands Transport lodged bids.

In November 2015, the Land Transport Authority awarded Go-Ahead the contract with Go-Ahead Singapore to commence operations in the 3rd quarter of 2016. The contract will run for five years with an option to extend for a further two years.

On 11 December 2015, the Land Transport Authority handed over Loyang Bus Depot to Go-Ahead Singapore to allow it to be fitted out.

On 19 June 2016, the Loyang Bus Depot was officially opened by MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol Group Representation Constituency, Zainal Sapari and the Group Chief Executive of the Go-Ahead Group David Brown. Loyang Bus Depot Carnival was also held on the same day to allow the public to tour the depot and also learn more about Go-Ahead Singapore.

On 21 September 2016, Go-Ahead Singapore found itself short of staff less than three weeks after launching its services. A total of 30 SBS Transit drivers have been deployed at Loyang Bus Depot to operate services 358 and 359, while SMRT Buses has sent 10 drivers to help the new public bus operator operate service 85. Tower Transit Singapore has also been engaged to supply a staff bus service for Go-Ahead employees at Loyang Bus Depot.

On 30 November 2016, Go-Ahead Singapore's managing director Nigel Wood left due to "personal reasons", he has since resumed his position with Go-Ahead London as its general manager.

Services

Go-Ahead Singapore has commenced the operations of 24 services in two tranches. 13 bus services commenced services on 4 September 2016, while another 11 has started on 18 September. All services were previously operated by SBS Transit. Service 68 and 381 will be introduced in 2017, and details of Service 68 will be announced closer to the implementation date.

References

Go-Ahead Singapore Wikipedia