Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park

Not to be confused with Bukit Panjang Integrated Transport Hub and (Defunct) Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange.

Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park is a bus terminal along Woodlands Road, just north of Ten Mile Junction and its adjacent heavy vehicle park. After the closure of the old Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange since 16 Dec 2012, the terminal took over as the terminating point for Bukit Panjang bus services.

With the opening of the new Bukit Panjang Integrated Transport Hub, most bus services will be relocated to the new interchange. From 4 September 2017, only Bus Services 75184 and 700/A will remain at Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park.

Details
Name Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park  |  武吉班让临时巴士终站
Address 21A Woodlands Road, Singapore 677729
Bus Operators SMRT Buses (Anchor Operator)
Bus Routes 5 (SMRT)
Berths Not Applicable (No passenger boarding/alighting)
Rail Connection  BP6  DT1   Bukit Panjang

The Terminal

Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park is a small bus terminus opened on 16 December 2012, taking over the former Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange which closed down. Built along Woodlands Road, the terminal sits on a small piece of land formerly occupied by a large heavy vehicle park, a portion of which was re-purposed as a bus terminal. Despite the wide availability of surrounding land, the terminal did not expand beyond the area occupied by the old heavy vehicle park, likely due to land use regulations which are governed by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park - Parking lots
Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park – Parking lots

The terminal has a single vehicular concourse area with a bus park in the middle, containing 10 articulated bus and 15 rigid bus lots (excluding parallel parking at the sides). However, the articulated bus lots have are commonly used to double-park rigid buses owing to limited space at the terminal. The terminal building features a Terminal office, drivers’ lounge, an NTWU canteen, and toilets. In response to bus drivers’ complaints that vehicle exhaust interfered with their meals, screens were later installed to shield the canteen area from the vehicular concourse.

A combined ingress and egress leads to a traffic light junction with Woodlands Road and Senja Way. As the vehicular ingress and egress lanes run counter to traffic flow (left lane for exit, right lane for entry), the lanes are painted in green and red for easy distinction.

The terminal does not have commuter facilities owing to the lack of space. As such, bus services start and terminate at bus stops near Bukit Panjang station or Bukit Panjang Road, later enhanced to call at bus stops at Woodlands Road in tandem with the opening of the Bukit Panjang Integrated Transport Hub.

As a temporary facility, Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park will likely be replaced by Gali Batu Bus Terminal in the future.

Historical Background

  • 1986: Zhenghua Ter established
  • 1987: Bukit Panjang Ter established at Petir Road
  • 26 Dec 1999: Bukit Panjang Int opens
  • 17 Dec 2012: Bukit Panjang Int closes, relocated to Bukit Panjang Temp Bus Park
  • 04 Sep 2017: Most bus services moved to Bukit Panjang Integrated Transport Hub

The first bus terminal established in Bukit Panjang was in 1971 along Upper Bukit Timah Road, which hosted a handful of bus services such as Service 181, 193 and 200. To support the development of Zhenghua New Town, the roadside Zhenghua Bus Terminal was a set up in 1986 for Service 5. The following year, in 1987, the terminal was moved to Petir Road (outside present-day Block 118) where it would be known as Bukit Panjang Bus Terminal and supported the New Town for years to come.

A permanent facility would later be built at the junction of Petir Road and Jebulu Road. Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange opened on 26 December 1999, a month after the Bukit Panjang LRT opened, and provided convenient transfers to the new light rail line. That same day, a bus rationalization and handover exercise was conducted to reduce duplication with the LRT network, as well as the transfer of areas of responsibility from SBS to TIBS.

To make way for an Integrated Transport Hub (ITH) over the existing site, the Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange was closed on 16 December 2012, having operated for just 13 years. Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park was constructed further north along Woodlands Road (at the junction with Senja Way), used as a layover point for buses and did not allow for passenger boarding/alighting. Affected services were amended to start and end their service at various bus stops along Bukit Panajng Road, Jelebu Road, Petir Road or Upper Bukit Timah Road, accumulating significant amounts of dead mileage. Additionally, existing services 177 and 180 were amended to loop around the former bus interchange.

With the opening of Bukit Panjang Integrated Transport Hub on 4 September 2017, most bus services were relocated to the new interchange. Bus Services 75184 and 700/A continued to terminate at Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park.

Route Amendments

To accommodate the closure of Bukit Panjang Interchange, several route amendments were made:

  • Service 75, 184, 700, 700A, 920 and 922 begin and end their trips at a pair of bus stops along Bukit Panjang Road (Blk 604 and Blk 183). The two bus stops were expanded to accommodate the additional bus traffic. In addition, Service 75 was enhanced to call at Bukit Panjang Plaza in both directions before heading to Petir Road.
  • Service 176, 975 and 971E begin and end at a new pair of bus stops along Jelebu Road, constructed outside the old interchange (Blk 180 and Opp Blk 180)
  • Service 970 starts at a new bus stop at Bukit Panjang LRT and terminates opposite Bukit Panjang Plaza.
  • Service 177 converted into a loop service, and does a clockwise loop around Bukit Panjang Road and Jebulu Road while calling at two new bus stops, one at Jebulu Road (Bukit Panjang Plaza) and the other at Petir Road (Mayspring Condo)
  • Service 180 converted into a loop service, and does an anti-clockwise loop around Petir Road and Jebulu Road while calling at two new bus stops, one at Petir Road (Bukit Panjang Station) and the other at Jebulu Road (Opp Bukit Panjang Plaza)

In addition, shortworking trips 177A and 180A were introduced that terminated at Bukit Panjang, facilitating the off-service of buses.

Feeder bus services:

A brief history:

Bukit Panjang was formerly under Singapore Bus Service (SBS) control, served by the 34x series of Feeder bus routes. They were:

  • Service 343: Bt Panjang Ter – Petir Rd End (Loop)
  • Service 344: Bt Panjang Ter – Bt Panjang Ring Rd (Loop)

These two services were handed to Trans-Island Bus Service (TIBS) on 6th Aug 1995. TIBS later introduced its own Service 345 as Bt Panjang – Saujana Rd (Loop) on 15 Feb 1998. However, on 26th Dec 1999, 344 and 345 were withdrawn following the Bukit Panjang LRT Rationalization.

TIBS later introduced a new Bukit Panjang feeder route, Service 920 on Sunday, 26 March 2000. On the same day, Service 343 was renumbered to Feeder 921 and converted to partial air-con service. This marked the transition to TIBS’ 92x series of Bukit Panjang feeder routes:

  • Service 920: Loops at Bangkit Road. Amended to Senja Rd and Senja Link in May 2005.
  • Service 921: Loops at Petir Road End, integrated with 700/700A in June 2006 and withdrawn.
  • Service 922: Loops at Bangkit Road. Introduced in Apr 2006.

Service 920 and 922 frequently experienced poor frequencies due to low demand, which were subsequently beefed up during the Bus Services Enhancement Programme (BSEP).

Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park facilities:

  • Interchange offices (SMRT)
  • Drivers lounge
  • NTWU Canteen
  • Toilets

Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park does not allow for boarding and alighting of passengers. The entrance of the Bus Park is located at the junction of Senja Way and Woodlands Road.

Bus Services:

Service Berth Destination Notes
75 Marina Centre  
184 ↺ Commonwealth Avenue West  
700 Shenton Way Weekdays & Saturday morning
700A ↺ Temasek Avenue Saturday afternoon, Sundays & PHs
971E Cecil Street Weekdays AM Peak Hour

 

Gallery (Feb 2017):

Gallery (May 2014):

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Diagram of Bukit Panjang Temp Bus Park, made by Joey Foo

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3 thoughts on “Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park

  • 19 August 2017 at 11:56 PM
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    After majority of the svc shifted to BPJ Int,180 should just terminate here

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  • 5 March 2017 at 10:07 PM
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    LTA should expand this terminal another 40 lots for temporary bus park for Kranji to park some BPJ svc here until Gali Batu Bus Depot is completed.

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    • 20 August 2017 at 8:04 PM
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      it will be a waste of land and it is not necessary.

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