Lorong 1 Geylang Bus Terminal

Lorong 1 Geylang Bus Terminal (also known as Geylang Lorong 1 Bus Terminal) is a bus terminal located in Kallang, bordered by Sims Avenue, Geylang Road and Lorong 1 Geylang. Formerly a fringe carpark for CSS services, the terminal now mainly serves as a terminating point for bus routes originating and terminating in the Geylang area, and serves nearby shophouses, HDB flats, Kallang Park Connector, Kallang MRT Station and the National Stadium via a 10-minute walk.

Currently, SMRT Buses is the anchor operator of Lorong 1 Geylang Bus Terminal. With the rollout of the Bus Contracting Model (BCM), the future operator of the Serangoon – Eunos Bus Package will take over as anchor operator of this terminal.

Details
Name Lorong 1 Geylang Bus Terminal  |  芽笼1巷巴士终站
Address Lorong 1 Geylang Bus Terminal, Singapore 884003
BCM Route Package Serangoon – Eunos Bus Package (Anchor Operator)
Other Packages: Clementi, Sembawang – Yishun, Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang, Woodlands
Anchor Operator SMRT Buses & SBS Transit
Bus Routes 4 (SMRT), 4 (SBS Transit)
Berths One bus stop for boarding and One drop-off point
Rail Connection  EW10   Kallang

The Terminal:

Lorong 1 Geylang Bus Terminal is a bus terminal located at Kallang, bordered by Sims Avenue, Geylang Road and Lorong 1 Geylang. The terminal primarily serves as a terminating point for bus routes serving the Kallang and Geylang areas before branching out to the heartlands. It connects with Kallang MRT Station along the East-West MRT Line, allowing for convenient transfers between the rail network and bus services at the terminal.

Lorong 1 Geylang Bus Terminal - Boarding bus stop
Lorong 1 Geylang Bus Terminal – Boarding bus stop

Opened in May 1975, the terminal has a single vehicular concourse area, with an entrance along Geylang Road and exits leading to both Geylang Road and Lorong 1 Geylang. The terminal has a drop-off point for alighting passengers near the terminal entrance (grass patch), and a bus stop that functions as a bus waiting/boarding point at the terminal exit. For passengers-in-wheelchairs, boarding and alighting is conducted at the bus stop, as the drop-off point is not wheelchair-accessible.

Within the vehicular concourse, there are bus parking lots for the layover of buses, capable of accommodating rigid and double-deck buses. While articulated buses make an occasional appearance at the terminal, there are no dedicated articulated bus lots, and as such, these buses usually parallel park opposite the boarding bus stop. Terminal facilities include a container office cum drivers’ lounge for both SBS Transit and SMRT Buses, and portable toilets.

The terminal, which is located within a carpark, shares its entrance and two exits with other vehicles, unique to any bus interchange or terminal in Singapore. SMRT Buses reserves the northern portion of the carpark for the parking of its buses as well as private buses owned by its subsidiaries.

Historical Background

Lorong 1 Geylang Bus Terminal (also known as Geylang Lorong 1 Bus Terminal) was originally built as part of the Geylang Fringe Car Park. It was part of a Park and Ride scheme initiated in 1975, in tandem with the Singapore Area Licensing Scheme introduced that same year, which charged drivers entering the Central Business District (CBD). The P&R scheme encouraged drivers to park at fringe carparks, such as Geylang Fringe Car Park, and transfer to a shuttle bus into the city, hence reducing traffic congestion within the CBD. Shuttle buses ran by City Shuttle Service (CSS) operated routes to Shenton Way, Bras Basah Road and Orchard Road.

CSS buses at Geylang Lorong 1 Bus Terminal
CSS buses at Geylang Lorong 1 Bus Terminal

When the Park and Ride scheme fell out of favor with motorists, the number of CSS routes were reduced but the northern part of the carpark continued to operate as a small depot for Singapore Shuttle Bus (SSB), one of the two operators running CSS services. Later on, Trans-Island Bus Service (TIBS), the predecessor to SMRT Buses, would take over SSB and its facilities at Geylang Lorong 1.

In 1977, the Singapore Bus Service (SBS) moved its operations into Geylang Fringe Car Park from its nearby Lorong 5 Geylang Bus Terminal, and part of the carpark facing Geylang Road was converted into bus parking space. By the 1980s, the terminal was renamed Geylang Bus Terminal and later, Lorong 1 Geylang Bus Terminal. As CSS folded up its operations, the terminal was shifted to TIBS control. The final CSS route was withdrawn in April 2007, leaving the maintenance facilities disused.

In 2013, the existing SSB facilities, including the bus stop for CSS routes built in 1975, were demolished as part of road widening works along Sims Avenue.

Bus Services:

Service Destination Notes
11 ↺ Rhu Cross
140 ↺ St. Wilfred Road  From 14 Dec
141 Toa Payoh
175 Clementi
853 Yishun Excluding Sundays and PHs
961 Woodlands
980 Sembawang
985 Choa Chu kang

Gallery (2017):

Gallery (2014):

Bus stop signage
Bus Park as seen from boarding point
Part of the carpark is used as a bus park for SMRT Buses
View from Geylang Road in May 2014, with road raising works in progress

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