Bus Depots and Bus Parks

Bedok North Depot - Maintenance corner
Bedok North Depot – Maintenance corner

A bus depot (or bus garage) is where buses are stored and maintained. They are essential facilities for bus operations, and provide a central location for maintenance, refueling and storage activities, and often include company offices as well.

Bus Depots usually come with the following facilities:

  • Company offices
  • Internal/external parking
  • Bus wash
  • Refueling point
  • Inspection lanes
  • Engineering and overhaul
  • Staff canteen

In contrast, bus parks (or out-stations) are compounds that function as bus storage facilities. They provide minimal facilities and usually depend on bus depots on maintenance, refueling and sometimes washing. However, some bus parks in Singapore function as fully independent bus depots.

Here is a list of bus depots and bus parks in Singapore catering to public transport:

SBS Transit
District Bus Depot Abbrev. Location
East Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot AMDEP Ang Mo Kio Street 63
Bedok North Bus Depot BNDEP Bedok North Avenue 4
Braddell Bus Park BRBP Braddell Road
Sungei Seletar Bus Depot (Bus Park) SEDEP Lentor Avenue
West Ayer Rajah Bus Park ARBP Ayer Rajah Crescent
Bukit Batok Bus Depot BBDEP Bukit Batok Street 23
Hougang Bus Depot HGDEP Defu Avenue 1
Soon Lee Bus Park SLBP Soon Lee Road
SMRT Buses
Bus Depot Abbrev. Location
Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot AMDEP Ang Mo Kio Street 64
Kranji Bus Depot KJDEP Kranji Road
Woodlands Bus Depot WLDEP Woodlands Industrial Park E4/E9
Woodlands Bus Park WPDEP Woodlands Avenue 4
Ulu Pandan Bus Depot (Bus Park) UPDEP Business Park Drive
Tower Transit
Bus Depot Abbrev. Location
Bulim Bus Depot BUDEP Bulim Avenue
Also used for LTA storage
Go-Ahead Group
Bus Depot Abbrev. Location
Loyang Bus Depot LYDEP Loyang Way
Also used by SMRT Buses

Often, bus depots are paired with bus parks for additional handling capacity of buses. Buses permanently stationed at bus parks regularly return to their bus depots for maintenance, refuelling, washing and more, depending on the facilities provided at the bus park. For instance, Ayer Rajah Bus Park has its own fuelling pumps and bus wash owing to its far distance away from its parent Bukit Batok Bus Depot, and buses only head back to Bukit Batok for maintenance works. Other paired bus depots/bus parks include Woodlands Depot / Woodlands Bus Park and Bedok North Depot / Changi Bus Park.

As part of the Government Contracting Model to be implemented in stages starting from 2016, the future will see bus depots being owned by the Government and operated by bus operators who have won their respective contracts.

In addition to bus depot and bus parks, SBS Transit and SMRT may carry out overnight parking at bus interchanges due to the lack of parking space.


Future Bus Depots:

Bus depots in the future will be fully owned by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and leased to operators as fully explained under the Government Contracting Model (more details in the link). To accommodate over a thousand additional buses in the next few years, more bus depots are being constructed across the island.

  • Changi Bus Depot
    Located off Upper Changi Road East (near the current Changi Bus Park), this multi-storey bus depot will be beside the future East Coast Integrated Depot, which will provide for three separate MRT lines (the East-West Line, Downtown Line and Thomson-East Coast Line).
  • Gali Batu Bus Depot
  • Kim Chuan Bus Depot
    A multi-storey depot integrated with the expanded Kim Chuan Train Depot, expected to be fully completed by 2025 with a capacity for 550 buses.
  • Mandai Bus Depot
    Integrated within Mandai Train Depot for the Thomson-East Coast Line, this future bus depot will house maintenance facilities and a large enclosed bus park built above the train depot’s maintenance shed.
  • Sungei Seletar Bus Depot
    Located off Yio Chu Kang Road, beside the Seletar Expressway and Sungei Seletar Simpang Kiri river. To accommodate about 500 buses and expected to be completed by third quarter of 2017
  • Ulu Pandan Bus Depot
    Located along Business Park Drive, near Boon Lay Way. To be completed by 1st quarter 2018 and accommodating around 500 buses.

Defunct
Bus Depot Operator Location Closed
Changi Bus Park SBS Transit Upper Changi Road East 2016

Bus Interchanges and Terminals
Bus Services
Bus Models

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *