Bedok North Bus Depot is a bus depot under SBS Transit’s East District. Located at Bedok Industrial Park near Simpang Bedok, it serves as a parking and maintenance facility for bus operations mainly around Bedok, Tampines, and Changi Business Park.
As most pictures featured in this article were taken during the weekday peak hour, the usually crowded depot appears rather empty.
|Name||Bedok North Bus Depot / 勿洛北巴士车厂|
|Address||1470 Bedok North Avenue 4, Singapore 489946|
|Type||Major bus depot / open-air|
|Catchment||Eunos, Bedok, Upper East Coast, Pasir Ris, Changi Village, Changi Airport|
Bedok North Depot was built by Singapore Bus Services (SBS), commencing operations in December 1982 after the company moved out of their old Changi Depot. Before its opening, SBS buses were parked at Changi Depot and Somapah Bus Park, which were in close proximity to residential areas and the subject of noise-related complaints. Bedok North Depot, which was located within the Bedok North Industrial Estate (and a considerable distance away from nearby residential blocks), reduced the noise pollution.
Occupying 6.2 hectares and built at a cost of $12 million, the depot is equipped with a bus park, bus washing and refuelling equipment, a spray painting booth, servicing & maintenance facilities, and ancillary offices. Today, it remains a major bus depot serving the east of Singapore, providing maintenance and refueling for buses in the area. It is commonly referred to as BNDEP.
In mid-2013, BNDEP became the maintenance and refueling point for buses stationed at the new Changi Bus Park, which relieved the insufficient parking space at the depot. Changi Bus Park closed down in December 2016, but by then, the commencement of the tendered Loyang Bus Package relieved capacity of BNDEP by taking over bus services previously under its control.
Bus Service 48 is the first bus route to use the depot as a terminating point, after a route amendment in December 2011 extending the route from Upper East Coast. Previously, before the commencement of the Loyang Bus Package, the depot served as a turnaround point for Shortworking Trip 17A.
Bedok North Depot currently houses the following models of buses:
|48||Buona Vista||No boarding and alighting|