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, refueling and storage activities, and often include company offices as well.

Bus Depots usually come with the following facilities:

  • Administrative Offices
  • Indoor / Outdoor Parking
  • Bus Wash
  • Refueling point
  • Inspection Lanes
  • Engineering and Overhaul
  • Staff Canteen

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, refueling 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
Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP) Ang Mo Kio Street 62 SMRT Buses Mandai Zone & HQ (SMRT Buses Ltd)
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)
SMRT Buses (Tenant)
Corporate HQ (Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd)
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
Loyang Bus Depot (LYDEP) Loyang Way Go-Ahead Singapore Corporate HQ (Go Ahead Loyang Pte Ltd)
Seletar Bus Depot (SEDEP) Yio Chu Kang Crescent SBS Transit (Anchor)
SMRT Buses (Tenant)
East District
Mandai Zone
Soon Lee Bus Park / Depot (SLBP) Soon Lee Road SBS Transit West District
Ulu Pandan Bus Depot (UPDEP) Business Park Drive SBS Transit (Anchor)
SMRT Buses (Tenant)
East District
Gali Batu Zone
Woodlands Bus Depot (WLDEP) Woodlands Industrial Park E4 SMRT Buses Woodlands Zone
Woodlands Bus Park (WPDEP) Woodlands Avenue 4 SMRT Buses Woodlands Zone /
Gali Batu Zone

 

Often, 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 has 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 operated by bus operators who have won their respective bus package contracts.

In addition to bus depot and bus parks, SBS Transit and SMRT Buses may carry out overnight parking at bus interchanges due to the lack of parking space.


Upcoming Bus Depots:

Bus depots in the future are fully owned by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and leased to operators as fully explained under 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 (near 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 (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
Mandai Bus Depot Integrated within the Thomson-East Coast Line’s Mandai MRT Depot, this future bus depot will house maintenance facilities and a large enclosed bus park built above the train depot’s maintenance shed. Likely intended for the Sembawang–Yishun Bus Package.
Sengkang West Bus Depot Planned multi-storey bus depot 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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2 thoughts on “Bus Depots and Bus Parks

  • 30 November 2017 at 9:44 AM
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    We are the residents living just opposite the ulu pandan depot. My unit is facing directly the green structures which looks like repair workshops to me. I am concerned about the noise. Why are the workshops not facing the main road instead? Will techinicians be working at night?

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    • 13 December 2017 at 10:42 AM
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      There will be noise barrier and yes Technicians do work at night.Buses and trains need to be well maintained to be serviceable.At first I also shocked by LTA decided to built there instead of Toh Tuck or Ayer Rajah

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