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 Bulim Bus Package are:

Service Route Type
41 Jurong East ↺ Jalan Anak Bukit Trunk
49 Jurong East ↺ Jurong West Street 42 Trunk
66
Bedok Jurong East Trunk
77
Bukit Batok Marina Centre Trunk
78
Jurong East ↺ Clementi Avenue 3 Trunk
79 Jurong EastBoon Lay Trunk
96
Clementi ↺ Kent Ridge Crescent Trunk
97
Jurong East Marina Centre Trunk
97e
Jurong East Marina Centre Express
98
Jurong East ↺ Jurong Pier Way Trunk
106
Bukit Batok Shenton Way Trunk
143
Toa Payoh Jurong East Trunk
173
Bukit BatokClementi Trunk
177
Bukit Batok ↺ Jelebu Road Trunk
183
Jurong East ↺ Science Park Road Trunk
189
Bukit Batok ↺ Clementi Avenue 1 Trunk
282
Clementi ↺ Clementi West Street 2 Feeder
284
Clementi ↺ Clementi Avenue 4 Feeder
285
Clementi ↺ Pandan Loop Feeder
333
Jurong East ↺ Jurong East Street 32 Feeder
334
Jurong East ↺ Jurong West Street 42 Feeder
335
Jurong East ↺ Jurong West Street 41 Feeder
941
Bukit Batok ↺ Bukit Batok West Avenue 9 Feeder
944
Bukit Batok ↺ Bukit Batok Road Feeder
945
Bukit Batok ↺ Bukit Batok Street 34 Feeder
947
Bukit Batok ↺ Bukit Batok Road Feeder
990
Bukit Batok ↺ Jurong Gateway Road Trunk
991
Bukit Batok Choa Chu Kang Trunk

Note:
Bus Services 944 & 991 are operated by SMRT Buses under Negotiated Contract until the Bulim Bus Package contract renewal.

Short Trip & Supplementary Bus Services
Service Route Type
66A Bedok → Bukit Timah Road (Little India Stn Exit A) Short Trip
66B
Jurong East → Serangoon Road (Tekka Ctr) Short Trip
78A
Jurong East → Tanjong Penjuru (Opp CLP Intl) Short Trip
79A
Jurong East → Boon Lay Short Trip
96A
Clementi → Kent Ridge Crescent (NUS Raffles Hall) Short Trip
96B
Clementi → Commonwealth Avenue West (Clementi Stn) Short Trip
98A
Boon Lay Way (Lakeside Stn) → Corporation Road (Corp Pl) Short Trip
98B
Jurong West Avenue 1 (Blk 490) → Jurong Pier Way (Jurong Island Checkpt) Short Trip
98M
Jurong East ↺ Corporation Road Supplementary
106A
Bukit Batok → Commonwealth Avenue West (Clementi Stn) Short Trip
143M
Jurong East ↺ Pandan Gardens Supplementary
173A
Bukit Batok → Bukit Batok East Avenue 4 (Blk 254) Short Trip
183B
Jurong East → Toh Tuck Avenue (Aft Toh Tuck Link) Short Trip
189A
Bukit Batok → Bukit Batok Street 23 (Opp Midview Bldg) Short Trip
991A
Bukit Batok → Bukit Batok West Avenue 3 (Princess E Pr Sch) Short Trip
991B
Choa Chu Kang → Choa Chu Kang Avenue 1 (Opp Choa Chu Kang Mkt) Short Trip

Note:
Bus Services 991A & 991B are operated by SMRT Buses under Negotiated Contract until the Bulim Bus Package contract renewal.

City Direct Bus Services

In addition, Tower Transit operates the following City Direct Bus Services on a Negotiated Contract, based in Bulim Bus Depot:

Service Route Type
663 Yishun Avenue 6 ⇄ Shenton Way / Anson Road City Direct
665
Marsiling Drive ⇄ Shenton Way / Anson Road City Direct

 


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:

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
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    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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