Tampines Expressway (Punggol Road) Bus Interchange

The Tampines Expressway (Punggol Road) Bus Interchange (as we like to call it) is a pair of extended bus stops along the Tampines Expressway (TPE), located at the slip road of Punggol Road. These bus stops (or bus hubs) allow for transfer between the many bus services along the Tampines Expressway corridor.

Tampines Expressway B/S 65191 (Bef Punggol Rd) heading Westbound
Bus Stop 65191 Before Punggol Road 65199 After Punggol Road
Abbreviation Bef Punggol Rd Aft Punggol Rd
District Sengkang East Punggol East
Location TPE slip road,
TPE (SLE) leading to Punggol Road
TPE slip road,
Punggol Road entering TPE (PIE)
Bus Stop type Extended roadside bus stop (bus hub) with enclosed bus bay Extended roadside bus stop (bus hub) with enclosed bus bay
Commenced 24 Aug 2014 24 Aug 2014
Bus services 3, 27, 34, 39, 88, 89, 89e, 109, 118, 168, 858, 969 3, 27, 34, 39, 88, 89, 89e, 109, 118, 168, 858, 969

The Tampines Expressway (Punggol Road) Bus Interchange comprises two long bus stops along the slip road of Tampines Expressway (TPE) leading up to Punggol Road. The bus stops are designed as transfer stops, for convenient bus transfer between the many bus services that serve the Tampines Expressway corridor.

Each interchange stop is designed as two separate bus stops two parts, a rearmost stop (denoted as 1a) and a frontmost stop (denoted as 1b), as indicated by the yellow boxes, Each stop handles different bus services and can accommodate two regular 12-metre buses at a time. Essentially, when a bus enters the stop, the first bus bay is 1a while the one in front is 1b.

The extended length of the bus bays allows for simultaneous boarding and alighting of commuters from more buses, providing shorter waiting and boarding times and a smoother journey for commuters. This is consistent with LTA’s initiative to upgrade bus stops to bus hubs, by lengthening bus bays and bus stop shelters at selected bus stops experiencing high commuter traffic.

The pair of interchange stops entered service on Sunday, 24th August 2014 with an initial six services (SBS Transit Services 3, 27, 34, 88, 89 and 89e) calling at the stops.

SBS Transit Bus Services 39, 109 & 168, as well as SMRT Buses Services 858 & 969, started calling at the pair of bus stops from Sunday, 5 October 2014.

New SBS Transit Bus Service 118 calls at the pair of bus stops from its launch date on 20 December 2015.

With the second wave of bus services made to call at the pair of bus stops, commuters from the Northeast towns (such as Punggol, Sengkang, Buangkok and Hougang) can enjoy greater connectivity to various Eastern towns (Pasir Ris, Tampines and Bedok), as well as Changi Airport. From the interchange stop, Service 858 plies TPE/PIE express to the Airport directly, without winding through Tampines as with Service 27 and 34. Also, 969 plies express to Tampines Regional Centre directly with no intermediate stops, providing an alternative route for commuters of Service 3, 27, 34, 39 and 168.

Construction:

LTA Contract ER413 titled “Roadworks and Bus Stops at TPE/Punggol Road Interchange” was awarded to CHC Construction Pte. Ltd. on 28 May 2012, for a sum of S$10,588,000.00. Construction work involved widening the existing slip road on both sides of the expressway, construction of the bus stop, and extension of sheltered linkways to connect with the pre-existing overhead bridge.

Modification to Westbound stop for improved traffic flow:

Owing to regular traffic congestion at the westbound bus stop (65191 Bef Punggol Road), the bus-only passageway was amended to allow shared vehicular traffic on the outer lane. The Mandatory Give Way to Buses scheme gives priority to buses filtering out of the bus bays.

LTA modification diagram
LTA modification diagram

Guide to Bus Services:

65191 Bef Punggol Rd (Westbound traffic)
Service Bus stop Origin Destination Remarks
3 1a Tampines Int Punggol Int Daily service
27 1b  Changi Airport PTB2 Hougang Ctrl Int Daily service
34 1a  Changi Airport PTB2 Punggol Int Daily service
39 1a  Tampines Int Yishun Int Daily service
88 1b Pasir Ris Int Toa Payoh Int Daily service
89 1b ↺ Changi Airfreight Centre Hougang Ctrl Int Daily service
89e 1b Airline Road → Hougang Ctrl Int Weekdays PM Peak
109 1a Changi Village Ter Serangoon Int Daily service
118 1a Changi Business Park Ter Punggol Int Daily service
From 20 Dec 2015
168 1a Bedok Temp Int Woodlands Int Daily service
858 1a  Changi Airport PTB2 Woodlands Int Daily service
969 1a Tampines Int Woodlands Int Daily service
65199 Aft Punggol Rd (Eastbound traffic)
Service Bus stop Origin Destination Remarks
3 1b Punggol Int Tampines Int Daily service
27 1a Hougang Ctrl Int  Changi Airport PTB2 Daily service
34 1a Punggol Int  Changi Airport PTB2 Daily service
39 1b Yishun Int Tampines Int Daily service
88 1b Toa Payoh Int Pasir Ris Int Daily service
89 1b Hougang Ctrl Int ↺ Changi Airfreight Centre Daily service
89e 1b Hougang Ctrl Int → Airport Cargo Road Weekdays AM Peak
109 1b Serangoon Int Changi Village Ter Daily service
118 1a Punggol Int Changi Business Park Ter Daily service
From 20 Dec 2015
168 1a Woodlands Int Bedok Temp Int Daily service
858 1a Woodlands Int  Changi Airport PTB2 Daily service
969 1a Woodlands Int Tampines Int Daily service

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Bus Services by Stop:

65191 Bef Punggol Rd (Westbound traffic)
Bus stop Location Services
1a Rear 3, 34, 39, 109, 118, 168, 858, 969
1b Front 27, 88, 89, 89e

For the Westbound bus stop, 1a caters to bus services which are either turning right into Punggol Road (towards Punggol) or continuing straight on the TPE. Bus stop 1b caters to bus services which are turning left into Punggol Road (towards Sengkang).

65199 Aft Punggol Rd (Eastbound traffic)
Bus stop Location Services
1a Rear 27, 34, 118, 168, 858, 969
1b Front 3, 39, 88, 89, 89e, 109

For the Eastbound bus stop, 1a caters to bus services which are either continuing to Tampines Avenue 10 (towards Tampines) or continuing straight along the TPE. Bus stop 1b caters to bus services which are continuing to Pasir Ris Drive 12 (towards Pasir Ris). Service 89e is an exception, continuing to Loyang Avenue towards Pasir Ris.

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Gallery:

65191 – Front to back
65199 – Front to back
65191 – Back to front
65199 – Back to front
61591 – Overhead
65199 – Overhead

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Press Releases:

SBST Press Release (Aug)
SBST Press Release (Aug)
SBST Press Release (Oct)
SBST Press Release (Oct)
SMRT Press release
SMRT Press release

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External Links & References:

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