Mandai Bus Depot

Mandai Bus Depot is a bus depot just off Mandai Road. The Mandai Depot facility is an integrated bus and rail depot, with the focus of this article being the bus depot.

The facility is capable of supporting at least 550 buses, and will be operated by the successful tenderer of the Sembawang–Yishun Bus Package.

See also: Mandai Rail Depot

General Information
Name Mandai Bus Depot
Address 310 Mandai Road, Singapore 779404
Depot Information
Operator TBC
BCM Route Package Sembawang–Yishun Bus Package
Type Main bus depot with adjoined bus park
Catchment Sembawang, Yishun, Woodlands


Mandai Bus Depot was built to accommodate planned increases to Singapore’s bus fleet under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) and later Bus Contracting Model (BCM). Construction began in December 2013 and was completed in 2019.

The depot is fully equipped to support day-to-day bus operations, with facilities such as a bus parking area, refuelling and washing equipment, and a workshop for bus inspection, maintenance and overhaul. The administration building houses the Bus Operations Control Centre (BOCC), a canteen, and other amenities for Bus Captains.

When completed, the bus depot will be handed over to the successful tenderer of the Sembawang–Yishun Bus Package, a group of around 24 bus services which SMRT Buses will be operating up till 1 September 2020 (subject to extension should the transition be delayed). The depot will be handed over to the new Public Transport Operator for outfitting and preparatory works before operations can commence.

As an integrated rail and bus depot, Mandai Bus Depot is co-located with the Mandai MRT Depot which supports the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL). Mandai Bus Depot occupies the east end of the Mandai Depot, and the bus parking deck sits above the train stabling yard.

Other bus facilities that were integrated with train depots to save space include Tuas Bus Terminal and Gali Batu Bus Terminal.

Operational History:


Contract T201 for the construction of Mandai Depot was awarded to Jurong Primewide Pte Ltd in October 2013, at a contract sum of S$329 million. Construction began in December 2013 and the depot was completed in 2019.

Mandai Bus Depot is served by two entrances/exits along a spur of Mandai Road; one for buses, and another leading to the bus depot administration building only. An alternate entrance/exit for both the bus and rail depots is located along the Mandai Road slip road towards SLE (westbound).

Operator History:

Bus Contracting Model (BCM)

Under the BCM, Mandai Bus Depot will likely be bundled together with bus routes as part of the Sembawang–Yishun Bus Package. These routes would operate mainly from Sembawang Bus Interchange, Yishun Bus Interchange and Woodlands Bus Interchange, with a handful originating at Yio Chu Kang, Resorts World Sentosa and Marina Centre, with the Depot handling the operations of all buses operating on these routes.

Sembawang–Yishun Bus Package contains 25 existing bus services, all of which are currently operated by SMRT Buses.

Service Route Type
167 Sembawang ↔ Bukit Merah Trunk
167e Sembawang ↔ Shenton Way / Anson Road Express
169 Woodlands ↔ Ang Mo Kio Trunk
171 Yishun ↺ Upper Bukit Timah Road Trunk
825 Yio Chu Kang ↺ Lentor Loop Trunk
853 Yishun ↔ Lorong 1 Geylang Trunk
854 Yishun ↔ Bedok Trunk
854e Yishun → Bedok Express
855 Yishun ↔ HarbourFront Trunk
856 Yishun ↔ Woodlands Trunk
857 Yishun ↺ Temasek Avenue Trunk
858 Woodlands ↺ Changi Airport Trunk
859 Sembawang ↺ Yishun Trunk
882 Sembawang ↺ Sembawang Road Trunk
883 Sembawang ↺ Yishun Central 2 Trunk
963 Woodlands ↔ HarbourFront Trunk
963e Woodlands ⇄ HarbourFront Express
963R Woodlands ↔ Resorts World Sentosa Express
965 Woodlands ↺ Sengkang Trunk
966 Woodlands ↺ Marine Parade Road Trunk
969 Woodlands ↔ Tampines Trunk
980 Sembawang ↔ Lorong 1 Geylang Trunk
981 Sembawang ⇄ Senoko Loop / Senoko Road Trunk
NR1 Resorts World Sentosa → Yishun Ring Road Night
NR2 Marina Centre → Sembawang Drive Night
Short Trip & Supplementary Bus Services

These services do not add to the overall service count.

Service Route Type
169A Woodlands → Yishun Avenue 2 (Opp Yishun Stn) Short Trip
169B Woodlands → Woodlands Avenue 8 (Bef Admiralty Rd West) Short Trip
853M Yishun ↔ Upper East Coast Supplementary
856A Woodlands → Woodlands Centre Road (W’lands Train Checkpt) Short Trip
857A Yishun → Yio Chu Kang Road (Opp Sunrise Gdns) Short Trip
858A Woodlands → Yishun Avenue 2 (Opp Yishun Stn) Short Trip
858B Jalan Kayu (Bef Seletar Camp G) → Jalan Kayu (Aft Seletar Camp G) Short Trip
859A Sembawang ↺ Admiralty Link Short Trip
859B Sembawang ↺ Sembawang Crescent Short Trip
882A Sembawang → Montreal Link (Blk 592A) Short Trip
883A Sembawang → Canberra Way (Blk 129A) Short Trip
883B Yishun Ave 2 (Yishun Stn) → Canberra Way (Blk 120A) Short Trip
965A Woodlands → Yishun Avenue 2 (Opp Yishun Stn) Short Trip
969A Tampines → Yishun Avenue 2 (Yishun Stn) Short Trip



Gallery: (Construction Photos)

Photo credits: Thomson Line Construction Blog (

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9 thoughts on “Mandai Bus Depot

  • 4 August 2020 at 6:20 PM

    Mandai Bus Depot the Sembawang Yishun Package will be awarded the Sbstransit

  • 30 May 2020 at 6:41 AM

    Honestly i would prefer either Tower Transit or Go-Ahead to win this bus package more than SMRT.SBST please shoo away at least for this year and next.

  • 26 May 2020 at 1:40 PM

    Seen several buses enter Mandai depot recently,start overnight parking?


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