Bulim Bus Depot

Bulim Bus Depot is a bus depot along Bulim Avenue and Jurong West Avenue 2. Completed in mid-2015, it was subsequently handed over to Tower Transit Singapore since 31 Jul 2015 under the Bus Contracting Model (BCM), as the successful tenderer of the Bulim Bus Package.

General Information
Name Bulim Bus Depot
Address 21 Bulim Drive, Singapore 648170
Depot Information
Principal Operator Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd
GCM Route Package Bulim Bus Package
Type Main bus depot with maintenance facilities, ancillary offices, and bus park
Catchment Bukit Batok, Jurong East, Clementi

Bulim Bus Depot was the first depot that LTA developed and funded, in contrast to previous bus depots which were the assets of bus operators. As part of the review of the enhanced structural assistance that Government is providing the bus industry announced in Committee of Supply (COS) 2012, new bus depots would be constructed with government funds to accommodate additional buses that are being introduced over the years, as the overall bus capacity increases under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).

Contract RD258 for the design and construction of Bulim Depot was awarded to KTC Civil Engineering & Construction Pte Ltd at S$87.5 million. The depot is designed to park and maintain 550 buses.

Operational History:

Whilst the main building of Bulim Depot was still under construction, the completed bus park of Bulim Depot was opened on 17 August 2014 for overnight parking of SMRT buses, making SMRT Buses Ltd the first operator to occupy Bulim Depot. The bus park relieved overcrowding at Kranji Depot and the extensive use of overnight parking at its interchanges. However, SMRT buses based at Bulim have their maintenance and refueling carried out at Kranji Depot. A regular employee shuttle service to Bukit Batok Interchange (and limited departures from Choa Chu Kang) brought about increased accessibility for SMRT staff. The depot exit was converted to a two-way access road leading from Bulim Ave to the bus park within the depot.

The completed bus depot was handed over to new bus operator Tower Transit Singapore on 31 Jul 2015, who was awarded the tender for operating the Bulim Bus Package. As part of the transitioning into the Bus Contracting Model, the early handover allows sufficient time for the Operator to build up its resources, such as recruitment and training of bus captains and technicians, for a smooth transition before the implementation of the first tranche of bus services.

Operator History:
  • Aug 2014 – 30 Jul 2015: SMRT Buses Ltd
  • 31 Jul 2015 onwards: Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd

Bus Contracting Model (BCM)

Under the BCM, Bulim Bus Depot was bundled together with the Bulim Bus Package, presently comprising 26 bus routes. These routes operate mainly from Bukit BatokJurong East and Clementi Bus Interchanges, with the Depot handling the operations of all buses operating on these routes.

The Depot took in an initial number of 367 buses comprising of 188 double-decker buses and 179 single-decker buses (leased to the successful tenderer) in 2016, before growing to about 500 buses in 2021, in tandem with expected ridership growth and the development of Bukit Batok West and Tengah New Town.

Allocated bus services are:

Service Destination 1 Destination 2 Type Description
41 Jurong East ↺ Jln Anak Bukit Trunk  
49 Jurong East ↺ Jur West St 42 Trunk  
66 Jurong East Bedok Trunk  
77 Bukit Batok Marina Centre Trunk  
78 Jurong East ↺ Clementi Ave 3 Trunk  
79 Jurong East ↺ Boon Lay Int Trunk  
96 Clementi ↺ Kent Ridge Cres Trunk  
97 Jurong East Marina Centre Trunk  
97e Jurong East Marina Centre Peak Hour  
98 Jurong East ↺ Jurong Pier Way Trunk  
98M Jurong East ↺ Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim Supplementary Service  
106 Bukit Batok Shenton Way Trunk  
143 Jurong East Toa Payoh Trunk  
143M Jurong East ↺ Jurong Town Hall Road Supplementary Service  
173 Bukit Batok ↺ Clementi Trunk  
177 Bukit Batok ↺ Jelebu Rd Peak Hour  
183 Jurong East ↺ Science Park Rd Trunk  
189 Bukit Batok ↺ Clementi Ave 1 Trunk  
282 Clementi ↺ Clementi W St 2 Feeder  
284 Clementi ↺ Clementi Ave 4 Feeder  
285 Clementi ↺ Pandan Loop Feeder  
333 Jurong East ↺ Jur East St 32 Feeder  
334 Jurong East ↺ Jur West St 42 Feeder  
335 Jurong East ↺ Jur West Ave 1 Feeder  
941 Bukit Batok ↺ BBT West Ave 8 Feeder  
945 Bukit Batok ↺ BBT West Ave 4 Feeder  
947 Bukit Batok ↺ BBT Rd Feeder  
990 Bukit Batok ↺ Jurong E Central Trunk  

Bulim Bus Depot Open House

Tower Transit conducted an Open House for the Bulim Depot on Sunday, 6 December 2015, showcasing the facilities at Bulim Bus Depot.

The event provided a platform for Tower Transit Singapore to showcase its new depot, while educating the public on what to expect when the BCM came into effect in the following next year. In addition, static display buses were open to public viewing, and job-seekers could sign up for job opportunities with Tower Transit

Read our main article on the Open House, A Bulim Carnival Day.


Gallery: (Year 2014 / SMRT use)

SMRT previously used Bulim Bus Park for the overnight parking of buses, while the rest of Bulim Bus Depot buildings were still under construction.

Depot Facilities:

Photos taken during the Bulim Depot open house. Check out A Bulim Bus Carnival Day for more photos.

Artist’s Impression:

Artist's Impression, image from KTC group
Image from KTC group
Image from KTC group
Image from KTC group

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