Loyang Bus Depot is a bus depot near the Loyang Industrial estate, bordered by Loyang Way, Pasir Ris Drive 3 and Loyang Avenue. Completed in June 2015, the depot is currently occupied by Go-Ahead Singapore under the Bus Contracting Model, as the successful tenderer of the Loyang Bus Package. Its facilities were shared with SMRT Buses, who was temporarily occupying part of the depot till 2018.
Located close to residential developments, the depot is built with a noise barrier wall along its perimeter. The featured image above was taken in September 2015, prior to full installation of noise barriers.
|Name||Loyang Bus Depot|
|Address||2 Loyang Way, Singapore 508776|
|BCM Route Package||Loyang Bus Package|
|Type||Major bus depot|
|Catchment||Pasir Ris, Punggol, Changi Airport, Changi Village|
Loyang Bus Depot is the second bus depot (after Bulim Depot) that LTA developed and funded, as part of the review of the enhanced structural assistance that the Government is providing the bus industry, as announced in Committee of Supply (COS) 2012. 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).
Contract RD259 for the design and construction of Loyang Depot was awarded to Huationg Contractor Pte Ltd for S$61,180,195.15. Completed in December 2015, the bus depot spans 8.3 ha and was designed to accommodate about 500 buses and be equipped with facilities for daily bus operations, bus repair/ maintenance and amenities for bus captains such as crew rest areas, staff lounges and a canteen. Located close to residential developments, the depot is built with a noise barrier wall along its perimeter.
Initial SBS Transit use
From Mar 2015, the depot is used for parking of newly delivered and unregistered SBS Transit Mercedes-Benz Citaros for Bedok North Depot. The parking area has portable toilet and a container SBS Transit office. The parking area is divided to various zones from Zone A to Zone J for various bus services.
Handover to BCM Operator
Under the Bus Contracting Model, the bus depot was transferred to a new operator, the Go-Ahead Group, who won the tender in operating the Loyang Bus Package. The newly completed depot was handed over to Go-Ahead on 11 December 2015, allowing sufficient time for the operator to build up its resources, such as recruitment and training of bus captains and technicians, for a smooth transition.
Partial SMRT Buses use
SMRT Buses occupied Loyang Bus Depot from 2016 onwards, giving SMRT an operating base in the East for its bus services that serve Bedok, Tampines and Changi Airport, and to support additional bus parking for these services (plus additional buses using its Lorong 1 Geylang bus park). In preparation, two refuelling lanes and one bus wash have been reserved for SMRT Buses, along with around 109 parking lots. This arrangement lasted till 2018.
- Jun 2015 – Dec 2015: SBS Transit Ltd
- Dec 2015 onward : Go-Ahead Group
Bus Contracting Model (BCM)
Under the BCM, Loyang Bus Depot will be bundled together with 25 bus routes as part of the Loyang Bus Package. Additional bus services were added later, Services 381 & 12e was added to the Loyang Bus Package in March 2017 & January 2018 respectively, Bringing the total number to 27 bus routes.
These routes would operate mainly from Pasir Ris & Punggol Bus Interchanges, with the Depot handling the operations of all buses operating on these routes.
The Depot will take in an initial number of around 400 buses (leased to the successful tenderer) in 2016, before growing to about 500 buses in 2021, in tandem with expected ridership growth and the development of Pasir Ris & Punggol New Town.
Allocated bus services are:
|Service||Destination 1||Destination 2||Type||Remarks|
|2||Changi Village||Kampong Bahru||Trunk|
|6||Pasir Ris||↺ Loyang Crescent||Trunk||No Operations on Sundays / Public Holidays|
|12||Pasir Ris||Kampong Bahru||Trunk|
|12e||Pasir Ris||Kampong Bahru||Express||Added to Loyang Bus Package in January 2018|
|15||Pasir Ris||↺ Marine Parade Road||Trunk|
|17A||Pasir Ris||→ Bedok North Avenue 4||Trunk||Supplementary Route|
|34||Punggol||↺ Changi Airport||Trunk|
|36||Changi Airport||↺ Tomlinson Road||Trunk|
|43||Punggol||Upper East Coast||Trunk|
|43M||Punggol||↺ Serangoon Central||Trunk||Supplementary Route|
|62||Punggol||↺ Sims Avenue||Trunk|
|68||Pasir Ris||↺ Tampines||Trunk|
|82||Punggol||↺ Serangoon Central||Trunk|
|84||Punggol||↺ Punggol Road||Trunk|
|118||Punggol||Changi Business Park||Trunk|
|119||Punggol||↺ Hougang Street 21||Trunk|
|136||Punggol||Ang Mo Kio||Trunk|
|354||Pasir Ris||↺ Jalan Loyang Besar||Feeder|
|358||Pasir Ris||↺ Pasir Ris Drive 4 / 10||Feeder|
|359||Pasir Ris||↺ Pasir Ris Street 11 / 71||Feeder|
|381||Punggol||↺ Punggol East||Feeder||Added to Loyang Bus Package in March 2017|
|382G||Punggol||↺ Sumang Walk||Feeder|
|382W||Punggol||↺ Sumang Walk||Feeder|
|386||Punggol||↺ Punggol Central||Feeder|
|403||Pasir Ris||↺ Pasir Ris Road||Trunk|
|518||Pasir Ris||↺ Bayfront Avenue||Express|
|518A||Pasir Ris||→ Bayfront Avenue||Express||Weekdays AM Peak only|
Services 17A, 43M and 518A are considered as supplementary services of their parent services and do not add to the overall service count. Services 382G and 382W are considered as a single bi-directional service. Short Trip services are not included in the above list.
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