Gali Batu Bus Depot

Gali Batu Bus Depot is a future bus depot located off Woodlands Road, to be built on currently undeveloped land near Kranji Expressway. Projected for completion and delivery in February 2023, it will be handed over to the successful tenderer of a currently-unknown bus package under the Bus Contracting Model (BCM).

General Information
Name Gali Batu Bus Depot
Address Jalan Gali Batu
Depot Information
Operator TBA
BCM Route Package TBC
Type Multi-storey bus depot
Catchment TBC

Introduction

Gali Batu Bus Depot is the sixth bus depot (after Sengkang West Bus Depot) that LTA developed and funded, as well as the second multi-storey bus depot commissioned by LTA (not counting East Coast Integrated Depot). The depot is intended to accommodate additional buses that are being introduced over the years, as the overall bus capacity increases under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) and Bus Contracting Model (BCM). The depot will be located next to the Downtown Line‘s Gali Batu MRT Depot, to be built east of the current depot stabling area-cum-bus terminal and adjacent to Kranji Expressway.

Gali Batu Bus Depot - Location Map
Gali Batu Bus Depot – Location Map

The location of Gali Batu Bus Depot was confirmed in August 2017 through the approval of changes to the URA Masterplan 2014. The multi-storey depot will consist of 6 storeys and equipped with parking spaces, refuelling and washing facilities, repair and maintenance facilities, and administrative offices to support day-to-day bus operations. In a November 2018 article by Lianhe Zaobao, the depot was said to be due for completion in 2023, with a capacity of 600 buses. Revised figures by LTA in August 2021 state a completion date of 2024 and a capacity of ‘around 500 buses’.

The bus package allocated to Gali Batu Bus Depot remains to be confirmed, but will very likely be allocated to Choa Chu Kang–Bukit Panjang Bus Package and as a replacement for Kranji Bus Depot. The route package is scheduled for contract renewal in 2023, but the depot is scheduled for completion in 2024 (not including delays incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic and Greatearth’s insolvency).

When completed, will be the fourth multi-storey bus depot in Singapore after Woodlands Bus DepotSoon Lee Bus Depot and Sengkang West Bus Depot.

Construction:

Contract DE142 for Proposed Multi-Storey Gali Batu Bus Depot was published on 22 October 2018, and was awarded on 12 November 2019 to Greatearth Corporation Pte. Ltd. – Gamuda Berhad Singapore Branch Joint Venture for 260 million dollars.

In August 2021, local construction company Greatearth went bust amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The LTA said that it was in discussions with joint venture partner Gamuda Berhad Singapore, the Singapore branch of Malaysian infrastructure firm Gamuda, on how to ‘ensure project continuity and minimise the impact on the completion timeline’. At that time, the depot was around 15 per cent completed and was slated to be completed around 2024.

Operational History:


Gallery:

Gali Batu Depot – Artist’s impression (Greatearth Corporation)
Master Plan amendment to include Gali Batu Bus Depot. Retrieved from URA Website
Master Plan amendment to include Gali Batu Bus Depot. Retrieved from URA Website
Artist's Impression of Gali Batu Bus Depot. Source: Mauromoro.net
Artist’s Impression of Gali Batu Bus Depot. Source: Mauromoro.net

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3 thoughts on “Gali Batu Bus Depot

  • 23 September 2021 at 9:13 AM
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    Well,if the capacity is reduced to 500 meaning more bus service will be cut or transfer into other package.The current 32 SMRT bus service use more than 425 buses not including spare buses.

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  • 26 February 2020 at 4:49 AM
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    Gali Batu will have a capacity of 615 buses.

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  • 12 January 2018 at 9:19 AM
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    I believe Gali Batu Bus Depot is the replacement for Kranji Bus Depot

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