Bukit Merah and Jurong West Bus Packages put up for tender

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has called for a tender for the Bukit Merah and Jurong West Bus Packages on 23 November 2022, under Contract PT218: Bus Contracting – Bukit Merah and Jurong West Bus Packages.

The Jurong West Bus Package is the sixth contract to be launched for competitive tendering under the Bus Contracting Model. The Bukit Merah Bus Package is currently up for its second tendered term under the bus contracting model.

Under the Bus Contracting Model (BCM), bus routes were bundled into bus packages, consisting of a single bus depot, several bus interchanges, the bus routes and the buses themselves. With all bus infrastructure belonging to the Government, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) would select a bus operator to run the bus package (through a competitive tendering process), and lease these assets to the new operator.

As part of the gradual transition which commenced in September 2016, all existing bus services in Singapore (previously operated by a long-standing duopoly between SBS Transit and SMRT Buses) were divided into 14 route packages. These existing routes remain operated by their incumbent operators under a negotiated contract model until their respective Bus Package has been tendered out.

Bukit Merah Bus Package

Bukit Merah Bus Package was awarded to SBS Transit in February 2018 as part of an open tender. SBS Transit was previously also the incumbent operator under a negotiated contract since the start of the BCM in September 2016.

As of November 2022, existing bus services covered by the Bukit Merah Bus Package are:
Services 5, 16/16M, 57, 93, 120, 121, 122, 123/123M, 131, 145, 160/160M, 170/170X, 195, 198, 272, 273 & 400 (17 bus routes)

Jurong West Bus Package

Jurong West Bus Package has been operated by SBS Transit under a negotiated contract since the start of the BCM in September 2016.

As of November 2022, existing bus services covered by the Jurong West Bus Package are:
179/179A, 181/181M, 182/182M, 185, 192, 193, 194, 199, 240/240M, 241, 242, 243G/243W, 246, 247, 248/248M, 249, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 257, 258, 405, 502/502A & 974 (26 bus routes)

Combined Bus Package Tender

Similar to the previous combined Bulim and Sembawang-Yishun Bus Package tender in November 2019, tenderers may submit bids for either of both of the items:

  • Bukit Merah Bus Package
  • Jurong West Bus Package
  • Bukit Merah & Jurong West Bus Package


As of tender closing date, 6 companies have submitted bids for this tender. These are:

  • Go Ahead Singapore Pte Ltd
  • National Express Group PLC
  • SBS Transit Ltd
  • SMRT Buses Ltd
  • Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Transdev Group S.A.

Tender Award

Main Article: SBS Transit and SMRT Buses awarded Bukit Merah and Jurong West Bus Packages

On 18 August 2023, LTA awarded the contracts to the following operators:

  • Bukit Merah Bus Package – SBS Transit Ltd
  • Jurong West Bus Package – SMRT Buses Ltd


41 thoughts on “Bukit Merah and Jurong West Bus Packages put up for tender

  • 27 March 2023 at 6:45 PM

    I got a feeling LTA will just award SBST with lesser price.If this is the case then it see it as anti-competitive tendering.

  • 31 December 2022 at 1:23 PM

    i hope a&s bid for bt merah and jurong west

    • 16 January 2023 at 5:40 PM

      Unless A&S has at least 250 buses in its fleet.

  • 4 December 2022 at 2:33 PM

    I just can’t understand why LTA didn’t extend the Bukit Merah contract over Seletar?It is near impossible that other operators will bag this contract because of the cross-border service.

    • 29 December 2022 at 2:57 PM

      160 and 170 is a hassle; and currently only SMRT and SBST do operate cross-border svcs.

      Furthermore seeing how SMRT lost in the Sembawang-Yishun package, i think SBST will stay as the operator.

  • 27 November 2022 at 8:34 PM

    No need to put up, for sure SBS will be continuing.

  • 27 November 2022 at 3:16 AM

    Bukit Merah package:SBST-100% SMRT-20% TTS-40% GAS-30%.

    Jurong West package:SBST-50% SMRT-40% TTS-20% GAS-60%.

    Ps:Heard rumours Woodlands get extension while CCK will be put for tender next year.

    • 27 November 2022 at 11:41 AM

      CCK tender out? GB Depot ready for use? Or are they using Tengah?

      • 27 November 2022 at 10:25 PM

        Haven’t but rumours say will be out.They will be using Gali Batu which is ready by early 2024.But i got a feeling SMRT will retain both packages.


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