Hougang Bus Depot is a bus depot under SBS Transit’s West District. Located at Defu Avenue 1, it serves as a parking and maintenance facility for bus operations mainly around Serangoon, Hougang, Sengkang and Punggol.
|Name||Hougang Bus Depot / 后港巴士车厂|
|Address||4 Defu Avenue 1, Singapore 539536|
|BCM Route Package||Sengkang–Hougang Bus Package (To Be Confirmed)|
|Type||Major bus depot / open-air|
|Catchment||Serangoon, Hougang Central, Sengkang, Compassvale, Punggol, Sims Place, Lorong 1 Geylang|
Hougang Bus Depot was built by Singapore Bus Services (SBS), and began operations in 1984, built at the cost of around $13 million and taking over the old Bedok Depot. At 76,838 square metres, Hougang Depot accommodates the parking of up to 546 buses (prior to its 2017 expansion). Situated in an industrial area along Defu Avenue 1, it is far from residential areas, ensuring that the early morning and late night bus activity does not disturb residents. As a major bus depot serving the northeast of Singapore, it provides maintenance and refuelling facilities for buses in the area. It is commonly referred to as HGDEP.
The depot is also home to Comfort DelGro Engineering (CDGE)’s bus assembly facility. The bus assembly facility started off with SBS in 1977 at McKenzie Road Depot, shifting to Woodlands Depot (SBS) in 1983, and finally settling in Hougang Depot on 1 Dec 1994. All locally-assembled buses done by CDGE (for SBS) are produced here, including SBS’ Volvo Olympians, Super Olympians, Dennis Tridents and SBS Transit’s Volvo B9TL CDGEs & Wrights.
Currently, the majority of SBS Transit driver training takes place here. As such, Training Buses are frequently sighted within the depot and making their rounds in the surrounding areas.
Expected for completion in 4th Quarter 2017, modification work to Hougang Bus Depot is nearing structural completion. This includes an expansion north of the existing Depot for additional parking space, thereby increasing the capacity of the depot.
Contract 8813 for Modifications to Existing Hougang Bus Depot was awarded to Quek & Quek Civil Engineering Pte Ltd for S$21.4 million in June 2016.
Hougang Depot currently houses the following models of buses:
- Volvo B10M Mark IV
- Scania K230UB
- Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
- Dennis Trident
- Volvo B9TL (CDGE & Wright)
- Volvo Olympian
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