Bus breakdown at Changi Airport (20 Feb 2021)

Over 30 public buses were stuck at Changi Airport PTB3 yesterday evening (20 February 2021), following a bus breakdown that disrupted traffic for an hour.

At approximately 9:20 pm, an SMRT Mercedes-Benz Citaro (SG1104R) on Bus Service 110 broke down along the single-lane T3 Basement Drive, rendering the road impassable to other buses.

The buses of Bus Services 24, 27, 34, 36, 53, 110 and 858 quickly piled up behind the broken-down vehicle, forming a snaking queue that extended beyond the T3 Basement that continued on to Airport Boulevard. At least 30 buses were stuck in the queue.

The broken-down bus was towed out an hour later, at 10:25 pm.

Changi Airport deployed ushers at Terminal 3 and passengers were advised to take the Skytrain to Terminal 1 to board the bus. However, no buses were seen at Terminal 1 until approximately 10:30 pm, after the broken-down bus had been cleared. Only Service 36 buses arrived at around 10:10 pm and 10:20 pm, with no other bus services seen.

SBS Transit also put out a since-deleted tweet at 9:57 pm, advising that Bus Services 24, 27 and 53 were skipping Changi Airport PTB3 basement (95011) due to a vehicle breakdown.

Contingency plans

In the event that Changi Airport basement is impassable to public buses, bus services are often diverted to the departure halls along T1/T2/T3 Departure Drive, where a temporary bus stop would be set up.

This scenario was not observed on 20 February 2021.




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5 thoughts on “Bus breakdown at Changi Airport (20 Feb 2021)

  • 25 February 2021 at 1:48 PM

    Why cant the buses go up to the kerb at the right side? just slowly move….. should be able to pass.The kerb is not very high and the buses should have no problem at all.

    maybe no one dare to make any decision..

  • 22 February 2021 at 6:25 PM

    The first 858 bus that was stuck was sg1038z Citaro

  • 21 February 2021 at 10:26 PM

    The last line: The scenario was not seen on 20 Feb 2021.
    Where are all the LTA planners? Then CAG cannot do anything meh? That’s strange…

    Previously all can do diversion, why this time round cannot do diversion?

  • 21 February 2021 at 8:42 PM

    I am suprised why SG Operators doesn’t teach BCs to do override the engine system shall any breakdown occur like this..Its kinda some button you press and let the bus in neutral and push to one side.In Europe,Many practice this if the bus breakdown in similiar manner.


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