Bulim Bus Depot is a bus depot along Bulim Avenue and Jurong West Avenue 2. The depot is presently occupied by Tower Transit Singapore under the Bus Contracting Model (BCM), as the successful tenderer of the Bulim Bus Package.
SMRT Buses also utilises Bulim Bus Depot as a Tenant Operator.
|Name||Bulim Bus Depot|
|Address||21 Bulim Drive, Singapore 648170|
|Anchor Operator||Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd
|Tenant Operator||SMRT Buses Ltd|
|BCM Route Package||Bulim Bus Package|
|Type||Main bus depot with maintenance facilities, ancillary offices, and bus park|
|Catchment||Bukit Batok, Jurong East, Clementi|
Bulim Bus Depot was the first depot that LTA had developed and funded, in contrast to previous bus depots which were owned by bus operators. As part of enhanced structural assistance provided by the Government to the bus industry (as announced in the Committee of Supply (COS) 2012), new bus depots would be constructed with government funds to accommodate additional buses that are being introduced over the years, as the overall bus capacity increases under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).
Contract RD258 for the design and construction of Bulim Depot was awarded to KTC Civil Engineering & Construction Pte Ltd at S$87.5 million. The depot was designed to park and maintain 550 buses. Construction was completed in mid-2015.
Whilst the main building of Bulim Depot was still under construction, the completed bus park of Bulim Depot was opened on 17 August 2014 for overnight parking of SMRT Buses, making SMRT Buses Ltd the first operator to occupy Bulim Depot. The bus park relieved overcrowding at Kranji Depot and the extensive use of overnight parking at its interchanges. However, SMRT buses based at Bulim have their maintenance and refuelling carried out at Kranji Depot. A regular employee shuttle service to Bukit Batok Interchange (and limited departures from Choa Chu Kang) brought about increased accessibility for SMRT staff. The depot exit was converted to a two-way access road leading from Bulim Ave to the bus park within the depot.
The completed bus depot was handed over to new bus operator Tower Transit Singapore on 31 Jul 2015, who was awarded the tender to operate the Bulim Bus Package. As part of the transitioning into the Bus Contracting Model, the early handover allowed sufficient time for the new Operator to build up its resources, such as recruitment and training of bus captains and technicians, for a smooth transition before the implementation of the first tranche of bus services.
Tower Transit’s Engineering Centre of Excellence is also situated at Bulim Depot, providing professional accreditation and international qualifications for vehicle technicians in the automotive industry. It offers diplomas from the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) and is the only place outside the UK where vehicle technicians can be assessed for an irtec licence.
- Aug 2014 – 30 Jul 2015: SMRT Buses Ltd
- 31 Jul 2015 onwards: Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd
Bus Contracting Model (BCM)
Under the BCM, Bulim Bus Depot was bundled together with the Bulim Bus Package, presently comprising 27 bus routes. These routes operate mainly from Bukit Batok, Jurong East and Clementi Bus Interchanges, with the Depot handling the operations of all buses operating on these routes.
The Depot took in an initial number of 367 buses comprising of 188 double-decker buses and 179 single-decker buses (leased to the successful tenderer) in 2016, before growing to about 500 buses in 2021, in tandem with expected ridership growth and the development of Bukit Batok West and Tengah New Town.
Allocated bus services at Bulim Bus Depot under the Bus Contracting Model are:
|Service||Destination 1||Destination 2||Type||Description|
|41||Jurong East||↺ Jln Anak Bukit||Trunk|
|49||Jurong East||↺ Jur West St 42||Trunk|
|77||Bukit Batok||Marina Centre||Trunk|
|78||Jurong East||↺ Clementi Ave 3||Trunk|
|79||Jurong East||↺ Boon Lay Int||Trunk|
|96||Clementi||↺ Kent Ridge Cres||Trunk|
|97||Jurong East||Marina Centre||Trunk|
|97e||Jurong East||Marina Centre||Peak Hour|
|98||Jurong East||↺ Jurong Pier Way||Trunk|
|98M||Jurong East||↺ Corporation Rd||Supplementary Service|
|106||Bukit Batok||Shenton Way||Trunk|
|143||Jurong East||Toa Payoh||Trunk|
|143M||Jurong East||↺ Pandan Gardens||Supplementary Service|
|173||Bukit Batok||↺ Clementi||Trunk|
|177||Bukit Batok||↺ Jelebu Rd||Peak Hour|
|183||Jurong East||↺ Science Park Rd||Trunk|
|189||Bukit Batok||↺ Clementi Ave 1||Trunk|
|282||Clementi||↺ Clementi W St 2||Feeder|
|284||Clementi||↺ Clementi Ave 4||Feeder|
|285||Clementi||↺ Pandan Loop||Feeder|
|333||Jurong East||↺ Jur East St 32||Feeder|
|334||Jurong East||↺ Jur West St 42||Feeder|
|335||Jurong East||↺ Jur West St 41||Feeder|
|941||Bukit Batok||↺ Bukit Batok West Ave 9||Feeder|
|944||Bukit Batok||↺ Bukit Batok Rd||Feeder||Operated by SMRT Buses under Negotiated Contract for Bulim Bus Package|
|945||Bukit Batok||↺ Bukit Batok St 44||Feeder|
|947||Bukit Batok||↺ Bukit Batok Rd||Feeder|
|974||Bukit Panjang MRT||Joo Koon||Trunk||Operated by Tower Transit under Negotiated Contract for Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package|
|990||Bukit Batok||↺ Jurong Gateway Rd||Trunk|
|991||Bukit Batok||Choa Chu Kang||Trunk||Operated by SMRT Buses under Negotiated Contract for Bulim Bus Package|
Bus Services 98M & 143M are considered part of their parent route, 98 & 143 respectively. They do not contribute towards the total service count. Short Trip Services, which are also part of tender requirements, are not included in the above list.
Tower Transit held an Open House for the Bulim Depot on Sunday, 6 December 2015. The event provided a platform for Tower Transit Singapore to showcase its new depot, while educating the public on what to expect when the BCM came into effect in the following next year. In addition, static display buses were open to public viewing, and job-seekers could sign up for job opportunities with Tower Transit.
Read our main article on the Open House, A Bulim Carnival Day.
Gallery: (Year 2014 / SMRT use)
SMRT previously used Bulim Bus Park for the overnight parking of buses, while the rest of Bulim Bus Depot buildings were still under construction.
Photos taken during the Bulim Depot open house. Check out A Bulim Bus Carnival Day for more photos.
External Links & References:
- RD258 – Proposed Bus Depot at Wenya – KTC Group
- New Bus Depot to Support Bus Fleet Expansion Under BSEP – LTA