Hougang Bus Depot

Hougang Bus Depot is a bus depot under SBS Transit’s West District. Located at Defu Avenue 1, it serves as a parking and maintenance facility for bus operations mainly around Serangoon, Hougang, Sengkang and Punggol.

General Information
Name Hougang Bus Depot / 后港巴士车厂
Address 4 Defu Avenue 1, Singapore 539536
Depot Information
BCM Route Package Sengkang–Hougang Bus Package (To Be Confirmed)
Operator SBS Transit
Type Major bus depot / open-air
Abbreviation HGDEP
Catchment Serangoon, Hougang Central, Sengkang, Compassvale, Punggol, Sims Place, Lorong 1 Geylang


Hougang Bus Depot - Defu Avenue 1 (Main Entrance)
Hougang Bus Depot – Defu Avenue 1 (Main Entrance)

Hougang Bus Depot was built by Singapore Bus Services (SBS), and began operations in 1984, built at the cost of around $13 million and taking over the old Bedok Depot. At 76,838 square metres, Hougang Depot accommodates the parking of up to 546 buses (recorded as 74,236 sq m in 2017). Situated in an industrial area along Defu Avenue 1, it is far from residential areas, ensuring that the early morning and late night bus activity does not disturb residents. As a major bus depot serving the northeast of Singapore, it provides maintenance and refuelling facilities for buses in the area. It is commonly referred to as HGDEP.

The depot is also home to Comfort DelGro Engineering (CDGE)’s bus assembly facility. The bus assembly facility started off with SBS in 1977 at McKenzie Road Depot, shifting to Woodlands Depot (SBS) in 1983, and finally settling in Hougang Depot on 1 Dec 1994. All locally-assembled buses done by CDGE (for SBS) are produced here, including SBS’ Volvo Olympians, Super Olympians, Dennis Tridents and SBS Transit’s Volvo B9TL CDGEs & Wrights. SBS Transit holds the land tenure lasting 38 years from 1 January 1983.

Currently, the majority of SBS Transit driver training takes place here. As such, Training Buses are frequently sighted within the depot and making their rounds in the surrounding areas.


Hougang Bus Depot Expansion - View from Defu Lane 9
Hougang Bus Depot Expansion – View from Defu Lane 9

Expected for completion in 4th Quarter 2017, modification work to Hougang Bus Depot is nearing structural completion. This includes an expansion north and east of the existing Depot for additional parking space, thereby increasing the capacity of the depot.

Contract 8813 for Modifications to Existing Hougang Bus Depot was awarded to Quek & Quek Civil Engineering Pte Ltd for S$21.4 million in June 2016.

Depot Fleet:

Hougang Depot currently houses the following models of buses:

Training Buses:


Bus Depot:

Bus Depot Expansion:

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3 thoughts on “Hougang Bus Depot

  • 23 March 2018 at 1:38 AM

    The place where is started my bus career in 2001 until 2004 when I switch over to SMRT AMDEP from 2004-2008,Before joining back SBST BNDEP for a short stint.Until 2016 when I finally join Go-Ahead up to Jan 2018 and join Tower Transit for 2 months due to unforseen circumstances.

    HGDEP:Svc that I’ve drive is
    HCI:27,51,74,107,112,113,151,161,165 & 325.
    SGN:82,100,101,103,105,109,158,315 & 317.
    SKG:80,87,156 & 372.
    PGL:34,43,62 & 83.
    EUN:60,63 & 154.
    AMDEP:Svc that I’ve drive is
    SBW:167 & 980.
    L1G:961 & 985.
    TAM:67 & 969.
    BNDEP:Svc that I’ve drive is
    TAM:10,18 & 292.
    BDK:9,32,35,40 & 228.
    LYDEP:Svc that I’ve drive is
    PSR:6,12,15,17,354,358,359,403 & 518.
    PGL:3,34,43/M,62,82,83,84,85,118,119,381,382 & 386.
    BUDEP:SVC that I’ve drive is
    JEI:41,49,66,78,97,333,334 & 335.
    BBI:106,189 & 990.
    CLI:96 & 285.

  • 25 February 2018 at 11:55 AM


  • 19 February 2017 at 9:03 AM

    I forsee LTA will refurbish this depot.


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