New Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange

The new Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange is situated at the Choa Chu Kang Town Centre, serving residential areas around Choa Chu Kang, Yew Tee, Teck Whye, Bukit Panjang, and industrial areas around Sungei Tengah, Sungei Kadut.

The interchange is located at the junction of Choa Chu Kang Drive and Choa Chu Kang Loop. The sheltered concourse building is located just next to Choa Chu Kang MRT Station and Lot One Shoppers’ Mall. Nearby public amenities include Choa Chu Kang Town Council, Choa Chu Kang Public Library and Choa Chu Kang Park.

This interchange replaces the former Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange which will be demolished to make way for the future Jurong Region Line station, scheduled for completion in around 2025. The Bus Interchange will open on 16 December 2018.

Currently, SMRT Buses is the anchor operator of Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange. With the rollout of the Bus Contracting Model (BCM), the future operator of the Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package will take over as anchor operator of this interchange.

Details
Name Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange | 蔡厝港巴士转换站
Address 70 Choa Chu Kang Loop, Singapore 689688
BCM Route Package Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package
Anchor Operator SMRT Buses
Bus Routes 17 (SMRT Buses)
Berths 5 Sawtooth Boarding Berths, 4 Alighting Berths
Rail Connection NS4BP1  Choa Chu Kang
The Interchange:

The new Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange is a Bus Interchange located in the residential town of Choa Chu Kang. Connecting with Choa Chu Kang MRT Station along the North-South MRT Line, the interchange is a transport node for commuters heading in and out of town, allowing for convenient transfers between the rail network and the many bus services at the interchange.

LTA Contract DE102 for the Proposed Design and Construction of Bus Interchange and Associated Works at Choa Chu Kang was awarded to a Joint Venture of Kimly Construction Private Limited / Meinhardt Infrastructure Pte Ltd for S$14.7 million.

Historical Background

Choa Chu Kang started with roadside bus terminal along Teck Whye Avenue in 1988 with a handful of bus services (e.g. 75, 179, 185). The roadside terminal was later moved to Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4 after the opening of Choa Chu Kang MRT station in March 1990.

On 8 April 1990, Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange opened under Singapore Bus Service (SBS) control. In late 1999, the interchange and its bus services were progressively handed over to Trans-Island Bus Service (TIBS) in exchange for bus services in Sengkang and Punggol as areas of control were redrawn after SBS was awarded the operating license for the North-East Line. Service 190 was transferred on 25 Jul 1999, followed by Services 185, 300, 302 & 307 on 29 Aug 1999, and Services 67, 172, 175 & 188 on 26 Dec 1999. Service 175 is now Service 975. Service 185 was amended to the present-day 985.

To facilitate the construction of the Jurong Region Line (JRL)’s Choa Chu Kang Station, the old bus interchange was closed. A new, relocated Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange was opened at the junction of Choa Chu Kang Drive and Choa Chu Kang Loop, opening on 16 December 2018. Prior to full demolition, the bus parking lots at the old Choa Chu Kang Bus Int would be converted to a temporary car park as a replacement for the Block 303 Multi-Storey Car Park which is slated to be demolished as part of the JRL works until a permanent car park is built in the vicinity.

Choa Chu Kang Temporary Bus Interchange?

Long known to be a Temporary Bus Interchange, the relocation of Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange to its new facility appears to be the first time that the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has dropped the use of the “Temporary Bus Interchange” namesake. It is perhaps due to the connotation that Temporary Bus Interchanges will be shortly replaced by newer, permanent Integrated Transport Hubs, which has not been the case in the past, like Punggol Temporary Bus Interchange (which opened in 2003 and even received an expansion in 2017). In addition, Jurong East Bus Interchange will be relocated for a second time within a few short years, after plans to integrate the bus interchange within a new nearby development did not come to fruition. The new Integrated Transport Hub will be built on the site of the first Temporary Bus Interchange.

Presently, the LTA is reviewing the redevelopment plans for Choa Chu Kang Town Centre, which will include an assessment of the viability of developing Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange into an Integrated Transport Hub.

Interchange facilities:
  • Passenger Service Office (SMRT Buses)
  • SMRT WeCare Shop
  • Staff Lounge
  • NTWU Canteen (Air-Conditioned)
  • Boarding and alighting berths
  • Information boards & Bus arrival display screen
  • Service Guide Rack
  • Bicycle Racks (close to 100 spaces)
  • Transitlink One Stop Service Centre (OSSC)
  • Nursing Room
  • Toilets

Bus Services:

Service Berth Destination Notes
67 B2 Tampines
172 B5 Boon Lay
188 B4 HarbourFront
188e B4 HarbourFront Express Service
Weekdays AM Peak
188R B4 Resorts World Sentosa Express Service
Sundays & Public Holidays
190 B1 Kampong Bahru + Short Trip 190A
300 B2 ↺ Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3
301 B5 ↺ Keat Hong Close
302 B3 ↺ Choa Chu Kang Crescent
307 B4 ↺ Choa Chu Kang Street 62 / Teck Whye Lane + Short Trip 307A
925 B1 Woodlands No Operation on Sundays & Public Holidays
927 B2 ↺ Mandai Lake Road
983 B4 ↺ Jelebu Road + Short Trip 983A
985 B1 Lorong 1 Geylang
991 B3 Bukit Batok + Short Trip 991B
BPS1 Terminating Stop
Alighting Only
NR3 Terminating Stop
Alighting Only

Notes:

  • Bus Services BPS1 and NR3 only allow passenger alighting at this interchange.
  • During Weekdays PM Peak, commuters may board Bus Service BPS1 from Bus Stop 44539 – Lot 1 Shopper’s Mall along Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4.
  • Express Bus Service 188e only allows passenger boarding as a unidirectional route.
  • Bus Service 925 does not call at this interchange on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Berths:

Berth Bus Services
A1 – A4 For Alighting Only
B1 190/190A, 925, 985
B2 67, 300, 927
B3 302, 991/991B
B4 188/188e/188R, 307/307A, 983/983A
B5 172, 301

Gallery: (September 2018)

Gallery: (Construction Progress)


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5 thoughts on “New Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange

  • 21 November 2018 at 7:42 AM
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    Due to the limited land space at the original Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange site, plus the fact that the Jurong Region Line is elevated and the station will occupy a portion of the land there, even if another Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange is built as part of an integrated transport hub at that location, the capacity is likely going to be smaller. This is probably why there’s going to be the Gali Batu bus terminal, which is already going to accommodate the reduced capacity of Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange. The Gali Batu bus terminal is probably going to also accomodate some Choa Chu Kang bus services as the Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange capacity is reduced.

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  • 20 November 2018 at 12:25 AM
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    I have not seem the constructor takes down the fencing, but I do hope that LTA has thought through how passengers are going to walk from the new Interchange to MRT/LRT station. So far I can only see the only way (both direction) is to squeeze through the openning near Lot 1 Mcdonald.

    Also, please kindly install more MRT fare gateways facing Lot1 side as the passengers (80%) will enter from Lot1 side.

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  • 19 November 2018 at 7:07 PM
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    There is a possibility that this new bus interchange could in fact be the permanent location of Choa Chu Kang bus interchange from 16 December. Also, if I’m not wrong, this 16 December date coincides with the closure of the old Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange 6 years ago.

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  • 10 May 2018 at 2:29 PM
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    Again, the old interchange will be re-purposed as a carpark, cause Blk 303 MSCP nearby will be taken back by govt for JRL.

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  • 17 January 2018 at 12:24 AM
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    The temporary int need 29 parking lots for 12m buses and 13 parking lots for 18m buses..

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