The new Jurong East Bus Interchange was intended to be sited underneath the North South Line and East West Line rail viaducts northwest of Jurong East MRT station as part of a new commercial development. It would be built along Gateway Drive, at the site of the old interchange.
However, these plans failed to materialize due to reasons unknown. At the same time, plans were underway to build the Jurong Region Line at Jurong East, and Land Transport Authority (LTA)’s plans for a multi-storey headquarters complex next to Buona Vista MRT station was shelved due to cost concerns. Eventually, in April 2017, it was announced that both the Ministry of Transport (MOT) and LTA would be housed in a new integrated complex to be built next to Jurong East MRT station, on the very site occupied by the Temporary Bus Interchange built in 2011. In addition, the new integrated complex was to include Jurong East Integrated Transport Hub, formally acknowledging the change of plans regarding the siting of Jurong East ITH.
As a result, the first Jurong East Temporary Bus Interchange (2011–2019) had to be cleared to make way for the new integrated complex, as well as the Jurong Region Line station.
A second new Jurong East Temporary Interchange would be built nearby to take its place.
Second Temporary Interchange (Opening 2019):
The relocated Jurong East Temporary Bus Interchange (TBI) is bordered by Jurong Town Hall Road, Jurong Gateway Road, JTC Summit, JCube and Jurong Regional Library (previously a grass fields bisected by Gateway Link). A 230-metre sheltered pedestrian overpass will connect the relocated TBI to Jurong East MRT Station. Features in the old TBI, such as an air-conditioned canteen, nursing room and crew restrooms, will also be available at the relocated TBI.
In tandem with these developments, Gateway Link was closed and Jurong East Street 12 was widened from two lanes to three lanes in each direction. Construction of the second TBI (Design and Construction of Bus Interchange and its Associated Works at Jurong Gateway Road | Reference No.: DE108) was awarded at a cost of S$20.89 million in December 2017. The expected completion date is August 2019, and a formal opening date has yet to be announced.
Jurong East Integrated Transport Hub:
On 12 July 2019, LTA called for a pre-qualification tender for Design and Construction of Integrated Transport Hub at Jurong East (Reference PQ-J120)
The new Integrated Transport Hub is scheduled to open around 2027.
- Construction of Jurong East Temporary Bus Interchange (Reference No.: VT330) was awarded to Sato Kogyo (S) Pte. Ltd for S$5.98 million in February 2011
- Construction of the relocated Temporary Bus Interchange (Reference No.: DE108) was awarded to Kim Seng Heng Engineering Construction Pte Ltd / DP Engineers Pte Ltd joint venture for S$20.89 million in December 2017.
External Links & References:
- Interchanges and Terminals – SBS Transit
- MOT, LTA plan joint office in Jurong East – Straits Times
- 配合发展 裕廊东拟建多一个巴士转换站 – 8World