Bukit Batok Bus Interchange

Bukit Batok Bus Interchange is a bus station located at the Bukit Batok Town Centre, serving residential areas around Bukit Batok, Bukit Gombak, Hillview and industrial areas around Bukit Batok East.

The interchange is located at Blk 631 Bukit Batok Central. The sheltered concourse is built underneath a multi-storey carpark, similar in design to the old Serangoon and current Bishan Bus Interchanges, and located a short distance away from Bukit Batok MRT Station and West Mall shopping centre. Nearby public amenities include Club CSC @ Bukit Batok and Bukit Batok Public Library.

Currently, Tower Transit is the anchor operator of Bukit Batok Bus Interchange, as the incumbent operator of the Bulim Bus Package.

Details
Name Bukit Batok Bus Interchange  |  武吉巴督巴士转换站
Address Block 631 Bukit Batok Central, Singapore 650631
BCM Route Package Bulim Bus Package (Anchor Operator)
Other Packages: Seletar, Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang
Anchor Operator Tower Transit
Bus Routes 9 (Tower Transit), 2 (SMRT)
Berths 18 end-on, 3 sawtooth, 2 alighting
Rail Connection  NS2  Bukit Batok

The Interchange:

Bukit Batok Bus Interchange is a bus station located in the residential town of Bukit Batok. Connecting with Bukit Batok MRT Station along the North-South MRT Line, the interchange is a transport node for commuters heading in and out of town, allowing for convenient transfers between the rail network and the many bus services at the interchange.

Bukit Batok Bus Interchange - Concourse
Bukit Batok Bus Interchange – Concourse

The interchange has two vehicular concourse areas, North and South. The North concourse features five sawtooth berths, two of which are used for alighting and the remaining three for boarding, with queuing lanes installed. Buses park at a bus park opposite the passenger concourse, and separate ingress and egress lanes lead to Bukit Batok Central.

The South concourse features fifteen end-on berths, which are shared among five bus services. Two end-on berths are reserved for wheelchair boarding and alighting. A combined ingress and egress lane cuts underneath the interchange and leads to a junction with Bukit Batok Central. Both concourses are able to accommodate double-deck buses.

The interchange concourse has pedestrian entrance/exits located on the East edge (towards Blocks 633/634) and the West edge (towards Block 630 and sheltered walkway to Bukit Batok MRT) .

In 2015-2016 Addition & Alteration Works at Bukit Batok Bus Interchange (Contract PT229) were carried out by Espirit Building & Engineering Pte. Ltd. for S$1.16 million. Works included the construction of new offices beside the alighting berth, renovation of existing infrastructure, the installation of new halogen lighting and wall fans for the concourse area, and repainting of the entire interchange building.

Historical Background

Bukit Batok Bus Interchange commenced operations on Sunday, 27 September 1987. Then, it was managed by Singapore Bus Services (SBS), which operated four feeder bus services 361, 365, 366 and 367, in addition to existing Services 61, 106, 122, 179 and 189. The interchange was also designed to accommodate double-decker buses, and took over operations from a temporary roadside bus terminal along Bukit Batok West Avenue 3 since 1984.

In 2000, the Government announced that Trans Island Bus Services (TIBS) area of responsibilities were being extended to Bukit Batok. As such, operations at Bukit Batok Interchange were progressively handed over from SBS to TIBS as such:

  • 18 Jun 2000: Services 77, 189, 361, 365, 367
  • 03 Sep 2000: Service 61
  • 24 Dec 2000: Services 106 and 173

In May 2003, feeder services 361, 365 and 367 were renumbered to 941, 945 and 947.

As part of the transition to the Bus Contracting Model, Bukit Batok Interchange was allocated under the Bulim Bus Package. As such, from 28 May 2016, the interchange was operated and maintained by new operator Tower Transit, who took over all bus services except for 61 and 852.

Interchange facilities:
  • Passenger Service Offices (Tower Transit + SMRT)
  • Add Value Machine (AVM+)
  • Drivers lounge
  • NTWU Canteen
  • Boarding and alighting berths
  • Information boards & Bus arrival display screen
  • Service guide rack
  • Toilets

Tower Transit and SMRT have Passenger Service Offices which are open throughout the day and handle commuter inquiries.


Service Improvements @ Bukit Batok Int in Nov 2014

Bukit Batok Interchange hosted the 2nd SMRT Bus Carnival – Journey With Us @ Bukit Batok Int in November 2014. During the event, a slew of improvements were launched.

View the Bukit Batok Interchange Service Improvement video here, featuring the new interactive information panel. (BBI Service Improvements – SMRT Official Facebook)

SMB140P - Front
SMB140P – Front

The interactive panel features (for all bus services at Bukit Batok Int):

  • Next & subsequent bus departure timings by service
  • Route information and fares for individual service
  • Map of berth location by service
  • Journey planner
  • Feedback form

An information panel at berth B3 was also launched which featured the next 2 departure timings for services 106/106A & 990.


Tower Transit’s Takeover of Bukit Batok Bus Interchange from SMRT Buses


Bus Services:

Service Berth Destination Notes
61 B4 Eunos
77 A8 – A10 Marina Centre
106 B3 Shenton Way
173 A3 – A4 ↺ Clementi
177 B5 ↺ Bukit Panjang Weekday Peak Hours only
189 B5 ↺ Clementi Ave 1
852 A11 – A13 Yishun
941 A14 – A16 ↺ Bukit Batok West Avenue 8 Feeder
945 B4 ↺ Bukit Batok Street 34 Feeder
947 A5 – A7 ↺ Bukit Batok Road Feeder
990 B3 ↺ Jurong Gateway Road

Berth Allocation:

Bukit Batok Interchange has 5 sawtooth berths (prefixed B) and 18 end-on berths (prefixed A).

Berth Services
B1 Alighting only
B2 Alighting only
B3 106/106A, 990, North-South Line Rail Bridging Service (towards Dhoby Ghaut / Marina South Pier)
B4 61, 945, North-South Line Rail Bridging Service (towards Jurong East)
B5 177, 189, 189A
A1, A2 Wheelchair-accessible service boarding berth (77, 173, 852, 941, 947)
A3, A4 173/173A
A5 – A8 947
A9 – A11 77
A12 – A14 852
A15 – A18 941

Gallery:

For older pictures, check out the Bukit Batok Bus Interchange Gallery

 

Layout of Bukit Batok Bus Interchange
Layout of Bukit Batok Bus Interchange
For more pictures, check out the Bukit Batok Bus Interchange Gallery

External Links & References:

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