Tampines Bus Interchange

Tampines Bus Interchange is a bus station located at the Tampines Town Centre, serving residential areas around Tampines, Simei and industrial areas around Changi North.

The interchange is located at Block 512 Tampines Central 1. The sheltered concourse serves two separate bus concourse areas on both sides, and connects with Tampines MRT Station via a sheltered walkway. Nearby public amenities include Tampines Mall, Century Square, Tampines One, Our Tampines Hub and Tampines Regional Library.

Currently, SBS Transit is the anchor operator of Tampines Bus Interchange. With the rollout of the Bus Contracting Model (BCM), the future operator of the Tampines Bus Package will take over as anchor operator of this interchange.

Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange was built to expand the capacity of Tampines Bus Interchange, and is connected to the current interchange by a 250-metre barrier-free sheltered walkway.


Details:

Name Tampines Bus Interchange  |  淡滨尼巴士转换站
Address Block 512 Tampines Central 1, Singapore 520512
BCM Route Package Tampines Bus Package
Anchor Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Bus Routes 21 SBST, 2 SMRT & 1 GAS
Berths 8 Sawtooth Berths, 3 End-On Berths & 5-6 Alighting Berths
Rail Connection  EW2  DT32
  Tampines

Tampines Bus Interchange is a bus station located in the residential town of Tampines . Connecting with Tampines MRT Station along the East-West MRT Line and Downtown MRT Line, the interchange is a transport node for commuters heading in and out of town, allowing for convenient transfers between the rail network and the many bus services at the interchange.

Tampines Bus Interchange Interior (Dec 2016)
Tampines Bus Interchange Interior (Dec 2016)

The interchange has two vehicular concourse areas, Northwest and Southeast. The Northwest concourse features a linear alighting berth,four sawtooth boarding berths and three end-on berths. The Southeast concourse features two sawtooth alighting berths and three sawtooth boarding berths. Both concourses have bus parks opposite the passenger concourse for the layover of buses. A combined entrances and exit for each concourse leads to traffic light junctions with Tampines Central 1.

 

The passenger concourse is a sheltered bus waiting area with commuter facilities such as queue lanes at every berth, bus departure timing screens, and retail outlets. Pedestrian exits at both ends lead to adjacent developments, including a sheltered linkway to Tampines MRT.

History:

Before the interchange came into operation, bus services in Tampines operated out of Tampines Bus Terminal located at Tampines Avenue 5, near the present-day Blk 938. Set up in 1983, the roadside terminal catered to bus services before the permanent interchange was opened.

Built at a cost of $5 million and officially opened on Sunday, 29th November 1987, the Tampines Bus Interchange catered to the residents of Tampines New Town, and occupied a landsize of three football fields with 85 bus bays. The new interchange also took over operations from Tampines Bus Terminal. With an initial five feeder services and seven trunk routes, it now houses over 20 trunk routes and three feeder/townlink routes.

Overview of Tampines Concourse Int, Dec 2016
Overview of Tampines Concourse Int, Dec 2016

An annexe for Tampines Interchange (Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange) was announced by LTA in late 2014 for completion in Q4 2015 which was delayed till its eventual opening on 18 December 2016. The expanded concourse would be able to cope with higher volumes of bus movement operating out of Tampines Interchange.

Interchange facilities:

  • Passenger Service Offices:
    – SBS Transit
    – SMRT Buses
  • Transitlink Office
  • Drivers lounge
  • NTWU Canteen
  • Boarding and alighting berths
  • Information boards & Bus arrival displays
  • Service guide racks
  • Retail outlets
  • Toilets

Bus Service List:

Bus Services 18 & 39 have been extended to Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange from 18 Dec 2016.

Service Berth Destination Notes
3 B5 Punggol
4 B10 ↺ Changi North Way
8 A3 Toa Payoh
10 B4 Kent Ridge
19 B9 ↺ Changi Airfreight Terminal
20 B5 ↺ Changi Business Park
22 B3 Ang Mo Kio
23 A1 ↺ Rochor Canal Road
28 B10 Toa Payoh
29 B9 Changi Village
31 B5 Toa Payoh
37 B8 ↺ Changi North Crescent
38 B10 Bedok
46 A1 Upper East Coast
65 B3 HarbourFront
67 B5 Choa Chu Kang
69 B8 Bedok
72 B7 Yio Chu Kang
81 A2 ↺ Serangoon Central
127 B10 ↺ Tampines Ind Ave 5
291 B9 ↺ Tampines Street 81 West Loop
B8 ↺ Tampines Street 33 East Loop
292 B7 ↺ Tampines Street 22
293 B4 ↺  Tampines Street 71 West Loop
B3 ↺ Tampines Street 45 East Loop
969 B4 Woodlands

More details about Tampines Townlink and Feeder services here

Current Berth Allocation:

Tampines has three sets of end-on berths (A-prefixed) and ten sawtooth (B-prefixed) berths. B1 to B5 are located on the East side, while B6 to B10 are located on the West side.

Berth Services
A1 23, 46
A2 81
A3 8
B1 Alighting Berth
B2 Alighting Berth
B3 22, 65, 293 (East Loop)
B4 10, 293 (West Loop), 969/969A
B5 3, 20, 31, 31A, 67
B6 Alighting Berth
B7 72, 292
B8 37, 69, 291 (East Loop)
B9 19, 29, 291 (West Loop)
B10 4, 28, 38, 127

Downtown Line Construction

To facilitate construction of the Downtown MRT Line’s Tampines station, the west vehicular entrance/exit along Tampines Central 1 was relocated to the junction of Tampines Central 3 and Tampines Central 1 since 2013. The alighting berths were also demolished, and a temporary, sheltered alighting berth was built for the west concourse. Previously, only the alighting berth at B6 was sheltered, and west concourse bus services had to queue up to alight commuters there during inclement weather.

Around 4 shops (including Singapore Pools) which operated in the affected part of Tampines bus interchange had to be demolished to facilitate the construction. Service 8 at berth A3 was also shifted to berth B6 for a few months, where a dedicated queuing berth was constructed. Service 8 was then shifted back to berth A3 in late 2014.


Tampines Bus Interchange Extension

Formerly known as the Tampines Bus Interchange Extension, the new annexe located 250 metres away from Tampines Interchange was opened on 18 December 2016 as Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange.

Main Article: Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange

See Also: Bus Service Enhancements with the opening of Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange.


Future Tampines Central Integrated Transport Hub

As mentioned in the URA Draft MasterPlan 2013 for Tampines, following the completion of the Downtown Line Stage 3 construction in 2017, Tampines Interchange will be upgraded to an Integrated Transport Hub, with shopping and residential facilities integrated to the new air-conditioned bus interchange with connections to both the Downtown Line and East West Line Tampines Station. The likely site of Tampines Central Temporary Int would be directly beside the extension complex as mentioned above.


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One thought on “Tampines Bus Interchange

  • 15 September 2016 at 3:04 AM
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    Thanks for the info! But serious? Oh dear… this is going to affect a lot of commuters as we Tampines-sians take up about 100,000 of the population. I hope things do not get so messy, but maybe the new mrt line can help to ease up the congestion.

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