Bulim Bus Depot

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.

General Information
Name Bulim Bus Depot
Address 21 Bulim Drive, Singapore 648170
Depot Information
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.

Operational History:

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.

Operator History:
  • 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 BatokJurong 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
66 Jurong East Bedok 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.

Bulim Bus Depot Open House

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.

Depot Facilities:

Photos taken during the Bulim Depot open house. Check out A Bulim Bus Carnival Day for more photos.

Artist’s Impression:

Artist's Impression, image from KTC group
Image from KTC group
Image from KTC group
Image from KTC group

External Links & References:

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One thought on “Bulim Bus Depot

  • 20 May 2018 at 5:56 AM

    Predict this depot will temporarily replace Soon Lee waiting for refurbishment and reinstated while Bulim package will move to Tengah instead.


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