Kent Ridge Bus Terminal

Kent Ridge Bus Terminal is a neighbourhood bus terminus located in Kent Ridge, at the southwest corner of the National University of Singapore (NUS) campus. Located off Clementi Road, the terminal serves as a terminating point for bus routes serving the NUS campus and residential developments around Pasir Panjang and West Coast.

Nearby developments include NUS Eusoff Residential Hall, NUS Ventus (University Campus Infrastructure), NUS – Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Varsity Park Condominium, The Stellar Condominium and Santa Grand Hotel West Coast.

Details:

Name Kent Ridge Bus Terminal  |  肯特岗巴士终站
Address Kent Ridge Bus Terminal, along Clementi Road
BCM Route Package Clementi Bus Package (Anchor Operator)
Other Packages: Sengkang – Hougang, Tampines
Anchor Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Bus Routes 7 (SBS Transit), 4 (NUS)
Rail Connection Not Applicable

The Terminal:

Kent Ridge Bus Terminal is a bus terminal located at Kent Ridge, along Clementi Road and at the southwest corner of the National University of Singapore (NUS) campus. The terminal primarily serves as a terminating point for bus routes serving the NUS campus and residential developments around Pasir Panjang and West Coast. Apart from regular public bus services, NUS Internal Shuttle Bus routes also call at the terminal. It does not offer any rail connections.

Opened in August 1981, the terminal has a single vehicular concourse area, with separate entrance and exit leading to Clementi Road. The terminal has a sheltered bus stop that functions as both a boarding and alighting point, and a bus park in the middle of the terminal for the layover of buses. A terminal building contains an office and a a driver’s lounge. As a layover point for several NUS ISB routes, an electronic driver’s log-in kiosk for ComfortDelGro Bus (the NUS shuttle bus operator) is also located at the terminal.

Historical Background:

Prior to 1971, roadside bus terminals were established along Clementi Road and South Buona Vista Road. On 2 May 1971, Pasir Panjang Road Bus Terminal opened along Pasir Panjang Road (near the junction with Clementi Road) to relocate bus services from Keppel Harbour Bus Terminal (affecting Bus Services 145 and 146), which was cleared to make way for the development of Pasir Panjang Port. More bus services were progressively relocated to the terminal after various bus rationalization exercises.

Kent Ridge Bus Terminal opened on 16 August 1981 to replace the former roadside Pasir Panjang Road Bus Terminal. The location was strategically located near the then-newly built Kent Ridge Campus for the National University of Singapore (NUS), next to the Eusoff student residential hall and opposite the Varsity Park condominium.

When Kent Vale Bus Terminal was demolished to make way for the NUS Kent Vale residential complex, NUS Internal Shuttle Bus (ISB) routes B and C were relocated to start from Kent Ridge Terminal. Route BTC1/BTC2 also uses the terminal as a layover point. Initially, boarding and alighting of ISB services were not allowed at Kent Ridge Bus Terminal, but from Aug 2015, Routes B and C was formally amended to start and terminate at Kent Ridge Bus Terminal (for shuttle passengers) from Aug 2015 as part of the shuttle transport improvements proposed by the NUS Student Union.

During PM Peak hours, buses from Fast-Forward 30e would layover here before starting their trips at Pasir Panjang. This practice was abandoned as the terminal got crowded during peak hours, and 30e buses now layover along Pasir Panjang Road just after the junction of Clementi Road. Prior to the Bulim Bus Package handover, Shortworking trip 96B buses use the terminal before commencing their trips from NUS to Clementi.

Despite sharing the Kent Ridge naming with Kent Ridge MRT Station, the two public transport facilities are located far apart and do not connect with each other.

In 2013/2014, NUS had refurbished the sheltered pedestrian linkway between Kent Ridge Terminal and the new Ventus building opposite the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, along with the NUS Internal Shuttle Bus stop. A separate linkway connects to the overhead bridge serving a pair of bus stops along Clementi Road (16131 Opp Kent Ridge Ter and 16139 Bef Kent Ridge Ter)

Bus services:

Most bus services are covered under the Clementi Bus Package, except for Service 151/151e (Sengkang – Hougang) and Service 10 (Tampines)

Service Destination Notes
10 Tampines  
33 Bedok  
95 ↺ Holland Road  
151 Hougang Central  
151e Hougang Central AM/PM Peak unidirectional
200 Buona Vista Looping point
201 ↺ Teban Gardens Road  
NUS B1 Business Link NUS Internal Shuttle Bus
NUS B2 Terminating Stop
NUS Internal Shuttle Bus
NUS C ↺ Lower Kent Ridge Rd NUS Internal Shuttle Bus
NUS BTC
↺ Bukit Timah Rd NUS Internal Shuttle Bus

Gallery:

Kent Ridge Bus Terminal, April 2014
Service 151 picks up passengers at Kent Ridge Terminal
Service 151 picks up passengers at Kent Ridge Terminal

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