Ulu Pandan Bus Depot

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.

General Information
Name Ulu Pandan Bus Depot
Address 1 Business Park Drive, Singapore 608506
Depot Information
Anchor Operator SBS Transit Ltd
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

Introduction

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.

Design Features

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).

Ulu Pandan Bus Depot Carnival

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.

Operational History:

Whilst the main building of Ulu Pandan Depot is still under construction, the completed bus park (across the road from the main depot) 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). SMRT Buses continued using Bulim after SBS Transit moved it, and this arrangement ended on 26 September 2021.

Operator History:

  • 22 Apr 2017 – 26 Sep 2021: SMRT Buses Ltd (Bus Park)
  • 29 Jul 2018 – Present: 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:

Service Route Type
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.

Service Route Type
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
    198

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.


Bus Models

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)


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10 thoughts on “Ulu Pandan Bus Depot

  • 28 March 2021 at 1:47 AM
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    After SMRT move out,Buona Vista service like 32,48,74,74e,91,191 @ 200 can park here.
    Kent Ridge service like 33 & 95 maintain here while 201 back to Bbdep.

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  • 9 January 2021 at 10:49 AM
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    Might as well make 79 layover here too

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  • 12 July 2020 at 11:36 PM
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    I think in future better Clementi package take over Ulu Pandan Depot.Bukit Merah can just move further South for a new bus depot.

    Partial Buona Vista & Ghim Moh service like 32,48,74,74e,100 & 145 can just input into Bukit Merah bus package.In return Clementi take over svc 160/M & 170/A/X.

    Clementi Bus Package.
    7,33,91,92/M,95,96,99,111,147,156,160/M,166,170/A/X,175,191,197,200,201,282,285 & 285.

    Bukit Merah Bus Package.
    5,16,32,48,57,74,74e,93,100,120,121,122,123/M,131/M,145,195,198,272,273 & 400.

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