Bus Depots and Bus Parks

Bedok North Depot - Maintenance corner
Bedok North Depot – Maintenance corner

A bus depot (or bus garage) is where buses are stored and maintained. They are essential facilities for bus operations, and provide a central location for maintenance, refuelling and bus parking, along with offices and ancillary facilities that support bus operations.

Bus Depots usually come with the following facilities:

  • Administrative Offices
  • NTWU Canteen
  • Staff welfare facilities (e.g. lounges, gym, etc.)
  • Bus parking area
  • Bus washing machines
  • Fuel pumps (Diesel and AdBlue)
  • Inspection Lanes
  • Workshop (for maintenance and overhaul)
  • Bus Operations Control Centre (BOCC) (some depots)
  • Bus repainting shop (some depots)
  • Electric bus chargers (some depots)

In contrast, bus parks (or out-stations) are compounds that function as bus storage facilities. They provide minimal facilities and usually depend on bus depots on maintenance, refuelling and sometimes washing. However, some bus parks in Singapore function as fully independent bus depots.

Here is a list of bus depots and bus parks in Singapore catering to public transport:

Bus Depot / Park Location Operator(s) Remarks
Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP) Ang Mo Kio Street 63 SBS Transit East District
BOCC
Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP) Ang Mo Kio Street 62 SMRT Buses Mandai Zone
Corporate HQ (SMRT Buses Ltd)
BOCC
Bedok North Bus Depot (BNDEP) Bedok North Avenue 4 SBS Transit East District
Braddell Bus Park (BRBP) Braddell Road SBS Transit East District
Corporate HQ (SBS Transit Ltd)
Bukit Batok Bus Depot (BBDEP) Bukit Batok Street 23 SBS Transit West District
Bulim Bus Depot (BUDEP) Bulim Drive Tower Transit (Anchor) Corporate HQ (Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd)
BOCC
SMRT Buses (Tenant) Gali Batu Zone
Hougang Bus Depot (HGDEP) Defu Avenue 1 SBS Transit West District
Kranji Bus Depot (KJDEP) Kranji Road SMRT Buses Gali Batu Zone
BOCC
Loyang Bus Depot (LYDEP) Loyang Way Go-Ahead Singapore Corporate HQ (Go Ahead Singapore Pte Ltd)
BOCC
Mandai Bus Depot Mandai Road Tower Transit (Anchor) BOCC
Seletar Bus Depot (SEDEP) Yio Chu Kang Crescent SBS Transit (Anchor) East District
BOCC
SMRT Buses (Tenant) Mandai Zone
Soon Lee Bus Park / Depot (SLBP) Soon Lee Road SBS Transit West District
BOCC
Ulu Pandan Bus Depot (UPDEP) Business Park Drive SBS Transit (Anchor) BOCC
SMRT Buses (Tenant) Gali Batu Zone
Woodlands Bus Depot (WLDEP) Woodlands Industrial Park E4 SMRT Buses Woodlands Zone
BOCC
Woodlands Bus Park (WLBP) Woodlands Avenue 4 SMRT Buses Mandai Zone

Some bus depots are paired with bus parks for additional handling capacity of buses. Buses permanently stationed at bus parks regularly return to their bus depots for maintenance, refuelling, washing and more, depending on the facilities provided at the bus park. For instance, the former Ayer Rajah Bus Park had its own fuelling pumps and bus wash owing to its far distance away from its parent Bukit Batok Bus Depot, and buses only head back to Bukit Batok for maintenance works. Other paired bus depots/bus parks include Woodlands Depot / Woodlands Bus Park and Bedok North Depot / former Changi Bus Park.

As part of the gradual implementation of the Bus Contracting Model starting from 2016, newer bus depots are owned by the Government and leased out to bus operators who have won their respective bus package contracts.

In addition to parking buses at Bus depots and Bus parks, bus operators may carry out overnight parking at bus interchanges should there be insufficient parking spaces at bus depots.


Upcoming Bus Depots:

Bus depots in the future are fully owned by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and leased to operators as part of the Bus Contracting Model. To accommodate over a thousand additional buses in the next few years, more bus depots are being constructed across the island.

Bus Depot / Bus Park Description
East Coast Bus Depot Located off Upper Changi Road East (roughly sited on the former Changi Bus Park), this multi-storey bus depot will be located beside the future East Coast Integrated Depot, which will provide for three separate MRT lines (namely the East West Line, Downtown Line and Thomson-East Coast Line).
Gali Batu Bus Depot Planned multi-storey bus depot next to the Downtown Line’s Gali Batu MRT Depot, likely intended for the future Choa Chu Kang-Bukit Panjang Bus Package. Estimated completion in 2023
Kim Chuan Bus Depot Planned multi-storey bus depot at Kim Chuan, co-located with Kim Chuan Depot expansion
Sengkang West Bus Depot Planned multi-storey bus depot with dormitory at Sengkang West, likely intended for the Sengkang–Hougang Bus Package. Estimated completion in 2023
Tengah Bus Depot Planned bus depot at Tengah, co-located with Jurong Region Line depot

Defunct
Bus Depot Operator Location Closed
Changi Bus Park SBS Transit Upper Changi Road East 2016
Ayer Rajah Bus Park SBS Transit Ayer Rajah Crescent 2018

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9 thoughts on “Bus Depots and Bus Parks

  • 25 June 2021 at 10:49 AM
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    Current Depots. Capacity.
    Bulim. 550 possible for Soon Lee temporary replacement if the depot is demolished.Replacement depot Tengah.
    Loyang. 505 possible for expansion.
    Seletar. 520
    Ulu Pandan. 475 possible for expansion.
    Mandai. 550
    Ang Mo Kio SMRT. 182 might be retain for automotive workshop or expansion for SBST AMDEP or even demolished.
    Ang Mo Kio SBST. 460 might be going for refurbishment and expansion or relocated.
    Bedok. 488 might be demolished and built multi storey bus depot or relocated.
    Hougang. 565 might be demolished or temporary use for Bndep if their depot went for reconstruction.Replacement depot Sengkang West.
    Soon Lee. 525 might be refurbish or relocated.
    Kranji. 215 will be demolished and relocated to Gali Batu.
    Woodlands(Depot/Bus Park). 535 might be demolished and relocated.
    Braddell. 235 will be fully use for CDGE usage.
    Bukit Batok. 300 will be demolished once the new multi storey depot integrated with SMRT Ulu Pandan depot.

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  • 13 June 2021 at 9:03 PM
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    So whats the new multi storey bus depot beside MRT ulu pandan depot called?Or the current ulu pandan bus depot renamed to Business Park Depot?

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