(Defunct) Ayer Rajah Bus Park

Ayer Rajah Bus Park was a former bus depot under SBS Transit’s West District. Located at Ayer Rajah Industrial Park, it served as a parking and washing facility for bus operations mainly around Buona Vista and Bukit Merah.

Ayer Rajah Bus Park ceased operations on 09 September 2018.

General Information
Name Ayer Rajah Bus Park  / 亚逸拉惹巴士车厂
Address 2A Ayer Rajah Crescent, Singapore 139936
Depot Information
Operator SBS Transit
Type Bus park with bus refuelling and washing facilities
Abbreviation ARBP
Catchment Buona Vista, Ghim Moh, Kent Ridge, Bukit Merah, HarbourFront
Main depot Bukit Batok Bus Depot (BBDEP)

The Depot

Ayer Rajah Bus Park (commonly abbreviated ARBP) was a minor bus depot located along Ayer Rajah Crescent, within the Ayer Rajah Industrial Estate just next to the Mediapolis hub in one-North. The depot supports bus operations mainly around Buona Vista, Ghim Moh, Kent Ridge, Bukit Merah, HarbourFront.

The bus park provides parking space and only the bare essentials for bus operations, such as fuel pumps and a bus washing machine. Maintenance works are carried out at the main Bukit Batok Bus Depot (BBDEP) in Bukit Batok.

The land occupied by ARBP was leased by SBS Transit under a Temporary Occupation Licence.

Historical Background

Ayer Rajah Bus Park was opened around the year 1984, built at a cost of $2.8 million. The 17,939 sqm facility has ample parking space for 176 buses, relieving the need for overnight parking of buses at North Buona Vista Terminal, Holland Road & Delta Road fringe carparks and the occasional roadside parking along Leng Kee Road.

In addition to parking space, the bus park contains fuel pumps, a bus washing machine and ancillary offices, which provide only the bare essentials for bus operations. Maintenance and overhaul work was carried out at the main depot, Bukit Batok Bus Depot.

The depot also served as a turnaround point for Service 91. Without a dedicated u-turn provision along Ayer Rajah Crescent, buses on revenue service use the depot compound as a turnaround point.

With SBS Transit being awarded the Bukit Merah Bus Package in February 2018, several bus services were progressively transferred to Ulu Pandan Bus Depot between July and August 2018. On 9 September 2018, Ayer Rajah Bus Park ceased operations. Bus services previously garaged at Ayer Rajah Bus Park were transferred either to Bukit Batok Bus Depot or Ulu Pandan Bus Depot.

Following its closure, a small section of the depot compound near the entrance was fenced off from the rest of the compound, for use as Service 91’s looping point. The fuel pumps and bus washing machine were decommissioned, but their respective shelters would be left standing.

In July 2020, the depot compound was used as a parking area for SBS Transit COMET MAXI buses, where overnight parking and daily decontamination works were carried out.


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2 thoughts on “(Defunct) Ayer Rajah Bus Park

  • 10 July 2020 at 4:33 PM
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    LTA should temporally use this bus park for Kent Ridge & Buona Vista service rather than to park @ Ulu Pandan & Bukit Batok Depots.

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  • 24 January 2017 at 8:00 PM
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    LTA can expand the depot by adding another 100 lots and a proper maintenance bay and additional bus washer.

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