Ulu Pandan Bus Depot is a bus depot along Business Park Drive, just off Boon Lay Way. SBS Transit, as the successful tenderer of the Bukit Merah Bus Package under the Bus Contracting Model (BCM), is currently the Anchor Operator of the Bus Depot.
Not to be confused with Ulu Pandan MRT Depot.
|Name||Ulu Pandan Bus Depot|
|Address||1 Business Park Drive, Singapore 608506|
|Operators||SBS Transit Ltd (Anchor Operator for Bukit Merah Bus Package)
SMRT Buses Ltd (Bus Park)
|BCM Route Package||Bukit Merah Bus Package|
|Type||Main bus depot with adjoined bus park|
|Catchment||Bukit Merah, HarbourFront, Kampong Bahru, Queen Street, Shenton Way, Marina Centre|
Ulu Pandan Bus Depot is the fourth bus depot (after Seletar Bus Depot) LTA had developed and funded. 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 is bordered by Sungei Pandan, Sungei Ulu Pandan and Boon Lay Way, with Business Park Drive bisecting the depot complex.
Phase I (West of Business Park Drive) is an open-air bus park, which was completed in early 2017, while Phase II (East of Business Park Drive) is the main depot building, complete with offices and facilities for day-to-day bus operations. The depot was completed in 1st Quarter 2018, equipped with facilities for daily bus operations, bus repair/ maintenance, bus parking, offices, rest areas for bus drivers and canteen, being able to accommodate 470 buses. Phase I of the Bus Depot has 206 bus parking lots, while Phase II has 264.
Contract RD300 for the design and construction of Ulu Pandan Depot was awarded to Tiong Seng Contractors Pte Ltd for roughly S$70 million. The bus depot spans 8.3 ha and was designed to accommodate about 500 buses. Located close to residential developments of Faber Hills across Sungei Ulu Pandan, a noise barrier wall along its south perimeter was constructed.
Ulu Pandan Bus Depot features a solar roof which generates 702.78 kWp (kilowatt-peak) of electricity.
Bus Technical Specialist Certification Centre (BTSCC)
Part of SBS Transit’s bid for the Bukit Merah Bus Package was to set up a new, modern Technical Assessment and Certification Centre at the Ulu Pandan Depot for the Singapore Bus Academy (SGBA). SBS Transit helped to establish the BTSCC at a cost of $2.3 million, tapping on its experienced engineering and training staff to develop its curriculum and certification assessments.
The Bus Technical Specialist Certification Centre (BTSCC) was officially opened on 27 August 2018 as a training facility for SGBA. The BTSCC offers a conducive environment for technical training and certification, with specialised training facilities incorporating innovative technologies, such as augmented reality and tablet devices, to provide an interactive learning experience. The comprehensive training facility creates opportunities for bus technicians’ training to go beyond classroom-based programmes.
The centre is equipped with various bus subsystems for training purposes, such as engines, transmissions, doors and brake systems etc. Several bus chassis are located at BTSCC for training purposes, such as a Volvo B5LH (Euro 6), Volvo B9TL (Euro 5) and MAN A95 (Euro 6).
On Saturday, 27 October 2018, SBS Transit held a carnival at Ulu Pandan Bus Depot. The Bus Depot was also officially opened by Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport.
Whilst the main building of Ulu Pandan Depot is still under construction, the completed bus park was handed over to SMRT Buses for the overnight parking of buses, similar to Bulim Bus Depot (SMRT Buses), Loyang Bus Depot (SBS Transit) and Seletar Bus Depot (SBS Transit).
- 2017 (22 Apr): SMRT Buses (Bus Park only)
- 2018 (29 Jul) onwards: SBS Transit Ltd
Bus Contracting Model (BCM)
Under the BCM, Ulu Pandan Bus Depot is bundled together with 17 bus routes as part of the Bukit Merah Bus Package. These routes operate mainly from Buona Vista, Bukit Merah, HarbourFront, Kampong Bahru, Queen Street, Shenton Way and Marina Centre Bus Interchanges and Terminals, with the Depot handling the operations of most buses operating on these routes, as part of SBS Transit’s winning alternative bid.
Allocated bus services for the Bukit Merah Bus Package are:
|5||Pasir Ris ↔ Bukit Merah||Trunk|
|16||Bedok ↔ Bukit Merah||Trunk|
|57||Bishan ↔ Bukit Merah||Trunk|
|93||HarbourFront ↔ Eunos||Trunk|
|120||Kampong Bahru ↺ Telok Blangah Heights||Trunk|
|121||Kampong Bahru ↺ Telok Blangah Rise||Trunk|
|122||Kampong Bahru ↺ Commonwealth Drive||Trunk|
|123||Bukit Merah ↔ Beach Station (Sentosa)||Trunk|
|131||Saint Michael’s ↔ Bukit Merah||Trunk|
|145||Toa Payoh ↔ Buona Vista||Trunk|
|160||Jurong East ↺ Jalan Jim Quee (JB Sentral)||Trunk|
|170||Queen Street ↔ Larkin||Trunk|
|195||Marina Centre ↺ Commonwealth Avenue||Trunk|
|198||Boon Lay ↔ Bukit Merah||Trunk|
|272||Bukit Merah ↺ Telok Blangah Rise||Feeder|
|273||Bukit Merah ↺ Henderson Road||Feeder|
|400||Shenton Way ↺ Marina Coastal Drive||Trunk|
Short Trip & Supplementary Bus Services
These services do not add to the overall service count.
|16M||Bedok ↔ Bukit Merah||Supplementary|
|123M||HarbourFront ↺ Tiong Bahru Road||Supplementary|
|131A||Saint Michael’s → Shenton Way (Opp AXA Twr)||Short Trip|
|131M||Bukit Merah ↺ Bukit Purmei Avenue||Supplementary|
|145A||Tiong Bahru Road (Redhill Stn) → Henderson Road (Blk 1)||Short Trip|
|160A||Jurong East → Bukit Batok Road (Opp Dunearn Sec Sch)||Short Trip|
|160M||Jurong East ↺ Bukit Batok Road||Supplementary|
|170X||Kranji MRT Station ↔ JB Sentral||Supplementary|
|195A||Marina Centre → Tiong Bahru Road (Tiong Bahru Stn)||Short Trip|
|198A||Boon Lay → Jurong East Avenue 1 (Opp Parc Oasis)||Short Trip|
As part of SBS Transit’s awarded alternate tender for the Bukit Merah Bus Package, several bus services will be dual-depot controlled.
These bus services are:
- Dual-control with Bedok North Bus Depot
5, 16 & 93
- Dual-control with Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot
57, 131, 145
- Dual-control with Soon Lee Bus Park
In addition, several SBS Transit bus services from other Bus Packages also garage at Ulu Pandan Bus Depot. These bus services are: 10, 33, 65, 80, 95, 132, 151 & 201.
Tower Transit Layover
Buses on Tower Transit Bus Service 78 performs layover at the bus depot from 6 December 2020.
SBS Transit currently houses the following models of buses in Ulu Pandan Bus Depot:
Single Deck Buses
Double Decker Buses
Depot Facilities Gallery
Gallery (October 2018)
Gallery: (December 2017 | Completed)
Gallery: (Apr 2017)
Gallery: (Feb 2017)
External Links & References:
- New bus depot at Ulu Pandan to support bus fleet expansion under BSEP – LTA
- Certification for bus technicians launched as part of Skills Framework for Public Transport – ChannelNewsAsia
- Launch of Bus Technical Specialist Certification Centre and Certification for Technical Specialist (Bus) – LTA
- Ulu Pandan Bus Depot – SolarGy