An upcoming Bus Interchange at Venture Drive is slated to be constructed and put into operation by Year 2023, in tandem with a host of new infrastructure developments being planned as part of the wider Jurong Lake District.
This bus interchange will complement the relocated Jurong East Bus Interchange, and eventually the Jurong East Integrated Transport Hub (projected opening 2027) at Jurong Gateway Road.
The anchor operator will be Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd, as the awarded operator for the Bulim Bus Package (2021 – 2026).
On 12 July 2019, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) called a tender for Proposed Design and Construction of Bus Interchange & Associated Works at Venture Drive (Reference PT375), which is scheduled for completion by 2023. The contract was awarded to Tat Hin Builders Pte Ltd on 16 March 2020 for a sum of $19.73 million.
The new bus interchange would serve to boost the public transport network in Jurong East as part of the wider Jurong Lake District, envisioned as the second Central Business District in Singapore. Increased human traffic in the area, brought about by the new High-Speed Rail station and future commercial and residential developments, thus necessitated a new bus interchange to spread out passengers numbers and avoid heavy congestion at a single bus interchange.
Bus interchanges in Jurong East have undergone several changes since the first interchange opened in 1985 and closed in 2011, moving to a temporary interchange nearby. The site of the old interchange was expected to be redeveloped into a new Integrated Transport Hub (ITH), but a change of plans ensued that would relocate the ITH to a new MOT-LTA building located at the site of the temporary interchange. A new temporary interchange, expected to open in late 2019, would take over operations from the old temporary interchange which opened in 2011.
While the future bus interchange at Venture Drive is expected to be completed by 2023, the ITH at Jurong Gateway Road is expected to take four years longer.
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