Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange

Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange is located at Woodlands Town Centre, serving the residential town of Woodlands, Marsling, Admiralty and surrounding industrial areas. Amenities around the Interchange include the Causeway Point Shopping Mall, Woodlands Civic Centre and the Woodlands Regional Library.

The interchange took over operations from Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange on 12 March 2016, which will undergo addition and alteration work as part of the construction of the new Woodlands Station along the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL). The future underground station will incorporate additional links to the Regional Interchange.

Details
Name Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange | 兀兰临时巴士转换站
Address 1 Woodlands Square Singapore 738099
BCM Route Package Woodlands Bus Package (Anchor Operator)
Other Packages: Sembawang–Yishun (169, 856, 858, 963, 965, 966, 969), Sengkang–Hougang (161), Bedok (168)
Anchor Operator SMRT Buses
Bus Routes 28 (SMRT), 2 (SBS Transit)
Berths 10 sawtooth, 8 alighting
Rail Connection NS9TE2  Woodlands

History:

Before the interchange came into operation, bus services in Woodlands were served by Woodlands Bus Interchange located at Woodlands Centre Road. In existence since the 1970s, the interchange served the former Woodlands Town Centre, which was located very near to the Causeway. Another bus terminal, Marsiling Bus Terminal, was situated not too far away at Marsiling Town, beside Block 201 along Admiralty Road. Introduced in the 1980s, this bus terminal was home to TIBS services 950, 951 and 952, which went to Shenton Way, Jurong and Marina Centre respectively.

In 1996, both bus terminals were rendered obsolete with the opening of Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange. Bus services were either diverted to the new interchange or withdrawn. In 2016, interchange operations were relocated to the Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange north of the existing site to facilitate construction works for the underground Woodlands Station as part of the new Thomson-East Coast Line.

The Interchange:

Read more about the existing Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange here.

With the construction of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) and a new Woodlands Station underneath Woodlands Regional Interchange, the existing interchange had to be closed to facilitate underground construction works, with addition and alteration works to be carried out (likely including a linkway to the new station). The solution was a temporary bus interchange built north of the existing interchange, for the relocation of all of the bus services currently serving Woodlands Regional Interchange. Contract T221 for the construction of the Temporary Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange was awarded to JS Metal Pte. Ltd. on 17 Mar 2014, at a sum of S$12,650,000.00.

Like most other temporary interchanges, the concourse wraps around the bus park, which is situated in the middle. A long alighting berth accommodates at seven buses, and ten boarding berths across its length cater for boarding activity (similar in number to the existing interchange). The parking bay has room for 51 articulated buses (18-metre) and 10 rigid buses (12-metre). A single combined entrance and exit leads to Woodlands Square.

Unique features:

The host of new features at Woodlands Temporary Interchange is the result of SMRT’s tie-up with NEC, which supplied the many technologies that help to streamline interchange operations.

Firstly, a free electric buggy service was launched for the benefit of commuters who have difficult moving around. The electric buggy service operates from 7:00am to 11:00pm, and can be called using the interactive panels stationed around the interchange. The buggies are based in the interchange with their own charging station near Berth B4, and red lanes drawn throughout the interchange encourage commuters to give way to the buggy when they are in operation.

Another system supplied by NEC is one that tracks available spaces at the alighting berths and parking lots. This information is, in turn, relayed to bus drivers via two large screens mounted around the interchange. In addition, a sophisticated camera network tracks bus movements, and is able to relay the registration numbers of incoming buses to the interchange control room, as well as tell where each bus is parking in the interchange.

Similar to Yishun Temporary Bus Interchange, boarding berths at Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange have dedicated priority seats and a wheelchair waiting area, allowing those of lower mobility to board the bus first. In addition to bus timings shown around the interchange, every berth is equipped with a bus timings board for commuters’ easy reference.

Interchange facilities:

  • Interchange offices (SMRT + SBST)
  • TransitLink Office
  • Drivers’ lounge
  • Boarding and alighting berths
  • Information boards & Bus arrival displays
  • SMRT Guide Rack
  • Retail outlets
  • Toilets

Bus Services List:

Service Berth Destination Notes
161 B1 Hougang Central  
168 B1 Bedok  
169 B3 Ang Mo Kio  
178 B6 Boon Lay  
187 B8 Boon Lay  
856 B9 Yishun  
858 B2 ↺ Changi Airport  
900 B3 ↺ Woodlands Drive 14  
900A ↺ Woodlands Drive 17 Weekdays selected times
901 B4 ↺ Woodlands Avenue 6  
902 B1 Woodlands Avenue 9 Weekday mornings
Excluding RP Vacation
903 B2 ↺ Woodlands Centre Road  
903M B2 ↺ Marsiling Lane Weekdays AM/PM Peak
904 B1A ↺ Woodlands Crescent  
911/E B5 ↺ Woodlands Avenue 2  
B7 ↺ Woodlands Centre Road  
912

912A

B4 ↺ Woodlands Avenue 7  
912

912B

B6 ↺ Woodlands Centre Road  
912M B6 ↺ Woodlands St 41 Weekdays AM/PM Peak
913/E B5 ↺ Woodlands Circle  
B6 ↺ Woodlands Centre Road  
925 / 925# B9 Choa Chu Kang Weekdays, Sat & Eves of PHs
↺ Neo Tiew Crescent Sundays & PHs
926 B5 ↺ Mandai Lake Road Sundays & PHs
950 B9 ↺ JB Sentral Cross border route
960 B7 Marina Centre  
961/ 961# B7 Geylang Lorong 1 Weekdays, Saturdays
Geylang Lorong 1 Sundays & PH
962 B4 ↺ Admiralty Street  
963 B8 HarbourFront  
963E B8 HarbourFront Express service
Weekdays AM/PM Peak
963R B8 Resorts World Sentosa Express service
Weekends & PHs
964 B5 ↺ Woodlands Link Weekdays, Sat & Eves of PHs
965 B3 ↺ Sengkang  
966 B8 ↺ Marine Parade Road  
969 B2 Tampines  

Berth Allocation:

Berth Services
B1A 904
North South Line Rail Bridging Service towards Marina South Pier
B1 161, 168, 902
B2 858, 903/903M, 969
B3 169, 900/900A, 965
B4 901, 912 (Towards WDL Ave 7)/912A, 962
B5 911 (Towards WDL Ave 2), 913 (Towards WDL Circle), 926/964
B6 178, 912 (Towards WDL Centre Rd) / 912B / 912M, 913 (Towards WDL Centre Rd)
B7 911 (Towards WDL Centre Rd), 960, 961/961#
B8 187, 963, 963E/963R, 966
B9 856/856A, 925/925#, 950
North South Line Rail Bridging Service towards Jurong East


^ SMRT bus services rerouted to Woodlands Temporary Int


^ SBS Transit bus services rerouted to Woodlands Temporary Int


Gallery:

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Members of Parliament Ong Ye Kung, Khaw Boon Wan and Halimah Yacob at the interchange

Gallery: (Pre-Debut)


External Links & References:

Back to Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange
Back to Bus Interchanges and Terminals
Back to Bus Articles

2 thoughts on “Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange

  • 21 May 2016 at 9:26 AM
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    LTA should built a terminal at Woodlands to divert some of the WRI svc to create more spaces at WTI

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  • 1 March 2016 at 7:07 PM
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    I forsee chaos will happen,Look big but actually its not

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