New Bridge Road Bus Terminal

New Bridge Road Bus Terminal is a bus terminal located along Eu Tong Sen Street, near the junction with Hospital Drive. The terminal mainly serves as a terminating point for bus routes originating and terminating in the City, and serves the nearby developments of Outram Medical Complex, Police Cantonment Complex, Outram Park MRT Station and nearby shophouses.

Currently, SBS Transit is the anchor operator of New Bridge Road Bus Terminal. With the rollout of the Bus Contracting Model (BCM), the future operator of the Bukit Merah Bus Package will take over as anchor operator of this interchange.

Details
Name New Bridge Road Bus Terminal  |  新桥路巴士终站
Address 150 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059814
BCM Route Package Bukit Merah Bus Package (Anchor Operator)
Other Packages: Loyang, Bedok, Bishan – Toa Payoh, Clementi, Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang
Anchor Operator SBS Transit
Bus Routes 9 (SBST), 1 (SMRT), 2 (Go-Ahead)
Berths One alighting berth; No boarding
Rail Connection  EW16  NE3  TE17   Outram Park

The Terminal:

New Bridge Road Bus Terminal is a bus terminal located at Outram Park, along Eu Tong Sen Street and just south of Chinatown. The terminal primarily serves as a terminating point for bus routes serving the Chinatown area before branching out to the heartlands. It connects with Outram Park MRT Station along the East-West MRT Line, North East MRT Line and the future Thomson-East Coast MRT Line, allowing for convenient transfers between the rail network and bus services at the terminal.

New Bridge Road Bus Terminal - Vehicle ingress
New Bridge Road Bus Terminal – Vehicle ingress

Opened in June 1987, the terminal has a single vehicular concourse area, with an entrance along Eu Tong Sen Street/New Bridge Road and exits leading to Eu Tong Sen Street. The terminal has an alighting berth for two buses, and numerous angled bus parking lots with dedicated lots for articulated buses for SMRT Service 190. A terminal building at the south end contains an office, a driver’s lounge and an NTWU canteen.

While the terminal does not have bus boarding facilities, boarding of passengers takes place at the bus stop along Eu Tong Sen Street (10017 Aft Hosp Dr), just outside the bus terminal.

Historical Background

New Bridge Road Bus Terminal was established very early in Singapore’s public transport history, likely in the 1920s by the Singapore Traction Company (STC). Kampong Bahru Bus Service, emerging in the 1950s, also began using the terminal as part of its catchment area in the south of Singapore. After the 1971 Bus Reorganization, the Associated Bus Services (ABS) and United Bus Company (UBC) both operated bus routes from the terminal that serving the Chinatown area before branching off to other parts of the island. The two companies merged to form Singapore Bus Service (SBS) in 1973.

Previously an overcrowded roadside bus terminal, New Bridge Road Bus Terminal was relocated to its present site on 6 June 1987. Built with plenty of parking lots, the terminal helped to relieve congestion along New Bridge Road. However, with the construction of the East-West Line in the early 1990s (and later North-East Line in 2003), many bus routes between New Bridge Road and the housing estates were withdrawn or amended away from New Bridge Road under various bus rationalisation schemes to prevent wasteful duplication of the MRT lines.

In 2005, SBS Transit introduced three new Chinatown Direct services from Ang Mo Kio, Bedok and Clementi. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, new services 120, 121 and 122 were introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), and Chinatown Direct CT28 to Clementi ran for the last time in 2016.

With the rollout of the Bus Contracting Model, the terminal is bundled under the Bukit Merah Bus Package

Future Plans:

Straits Times Graphic illustration
Straits Times Graphic illustration

New Bridge Road Bus Terminal will be moved to a new location by end-2017, and the existing bus terminal will be closed down. The new terminal will be built next to Blair Road, land formerly owned by Malayan Railways. The existing site will be cleared to build an Elective Care Centre, an expansion of existing infrastructure at Singapore General Hospital.

More at New Bridge Road Bus Terminal to be relocated.


Bus Services:

Service Destination Notes
2 Changi Village  
12 Pasir Ris  
54 Bishan  
120 ↺ Telok Blangah Heights BSEP
121 ↺ Telok Blangah Rise BSEP
122 ↺ Commonwealth Drive BSEP
174 Boon Lay  
174e Boon Lay AM/PM Peak Unidirectional
190 Choa Chu Kang  
CT8 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9  
CT18 Bedok North Avenue 3  

Gallery (2017):

Gallery (New Terminal):

Gallery (2014):

SBS Transit terminal signage
Alighting stop
Rear view
Front view

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