Bulim and Sembawang-Yishun Bus Packages put up for tender

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has put up a call for a tender for the Bulim and Sembawang-Yishun Bus Packages on 29 November 2019.

The Sembawang-Yishun Bus Package marks the fifth tendered contract for the bus contracting model, while the Bulim Bus Package is currently up for its second term under the bus contracting model.

Under the Bus Contracting Model, 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 contract out the bus package, select a bus operator (through a competitive tendering process), and lease these assets to the new operator.

As part of the transition, all existing bus services in Singapore (previously operated by long-standing duopoly between SBS Transit and SMRT Buses) were divided up into 14 route packages, operating under a negotiated contract with the incumbent operator until the Bus Package is tendered out competitively.

The Bulim Bus Package was first awarded to Tower Transit in May 2015, while the Sembawang-Yishun Bus Package has been operated by SMRT Buses under a negotiated contract since September 2016.

In a response by LTA to The Straits Times, this contract includes 29 routes in the Bulim Bus Package and 27 routes in the Sembawang-Yishun Bus Package. However, the bus service numbers of these routes were not mentioned.

More details will be announced when made available.

Contract PT217: Bus Contracting – Bulim and Sembawang-Yishun Bus Packages involves three components, where tenderers are required to submit bids for.

  • Bulim Bus Package
  • Sembawang-Yishun Bus Package
  • Combined bid for Bulim Bus Package & Sembawang-Yishun Bus Package

The tender closed on 30 March 2020, at 4:00pm sharp.

Bidding Procedure

According to tender details as published on government procurement portal GeBIZ, bids were submitted by 5 hopeful operators. namely:

S/No Country Tenderer Price for 5 Years
Amount (S$)
1. China Guangzhou Public Transportation Group No.3 Bus Co., Ltd TBA
2. Local SBS Transit Ltd TBA
3. Local SMRT Buses Ltd TBA
4. Local The Go-Ahead Group Plc TBA
5. Local Tower Transit Singapore Pte. Ltd. TBA

This is the first time that Guangzhou Public Transportation Group No.3 Bus Co., Ltd is participating in a local bus package tender. Chinese companies have participated in all previous rounds of bus package tenders, either tendered as standalone companies or in joint venture with local companies.

All four other tenderers (SBS Transit, SMRT Buses, Go-Ahead and Tower Transit) are incumbent operators.

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  • 5 April 2020 at 3:09 AM

    Two reasons why no foreign operators interested,One is COVID19 and another looking at the way LTA awarded the past two packages to SBST anyway i still believe RATP Dev Asia and Keolis will make a comeback next year.I assume after 2026 the BCM will be scrapped and only two “Foreign operators will be permanently given two contracts each for them to handle for a longer period of time and who knows the Jurong Region Line & Cross Island Line also goes to them?

    My assumption will be like
    SBS Transit Limited operations will be Sengkang-Hougang,Seletar,Bedok,Choa Chu Kang-Bukit Panjang,Bukit Merah & Bishan-Toa Payoh as well as EastWest Line,NorthEast Line & Sengkang-Punggol LRT.

    For SMRT Corporation Limited operations will be Sembawang-Yishun,Woodlands,Serangoon-Eunos & Clementi as well as the NorthSouth Line,Circle Line,Downtown Line,Thomson-East Coast Line & Bukit Panjang LRT.

    For Go-Ahead Singapore Pte Limited operations will be Bulim,Tampines and the Jurong Region Line.

    For RATP Dev Singapore or other Euro operators will be Loyang,Jurong West & Cross Island Line.

    There will be no more BCM after 2026

    • 5 April 2020 at 12:31 PM

      Isn’t the last package getting farmed out in 2026? That means BCM is here to stay.

      • 6 April 2020 at 3:45 PM

        Yes,After that who knows the BCM will be scrapped to save more cost?Or at least extend the contract to 7 years and 3 years of good performance.


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