Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange

Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange is located at Woodlands Town Centre, serving the residential town of Woodlands, Marsiling, Admiralty and surrounding industrial areas. Completed and opened along with the Woodlands extension of the North South Line in 1996, it is the first underground bus interchange in Singapore, as well as one of the largest. Amenities around the Interchange include the Causeway Point Shopping Mall, Woodlands Civic Centre and the Woodlands Regional Library.

Operations at Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange ceased with effect from 12 March 2016 and transferred to Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange, while addition and alteration works were carried out as part of the construction of the new Woodlands Station along the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL). Apart from a complete overhaul of the old interchange concourse, new underground pedestrian links connect directly to the underground TEL station, and the bus park has been expanded.

The new Woodlands Integrated Transport Hub opens on 13 June 2021.

Details
Name Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange | 兀兰区域巴士转换站
Address Woodlands Bus Interchange On Lot 2004 2157 Mk 13 Singapore 730000
BCM Route Package Woodlands Bus Package (Anchor Operator)
Anchor Operator SMRT Buses
Bus Routes
(as at 11 March 2016)
26 (SMRT), 2 (SBST), 1 (Commute Solutions & BT&Tan), 1 (Rui Feng Chartered)
Berths
(as at 11 March 2016)
9 sawtooth, 5-6 alighting
Rail Connection NS9  Woodlands

The Interchange:

Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange is a bus station located in the residential town of Woodlands. Connecting with Woodlands MRT Station along the North-South MRT Line and Thomson-East Coast Line, the interchange is a transport node for commuters heading in and out of town, allowing for convenient transfers between the rail network and the many bus services at the interchange.

The interchange has two exit ramps; the West exit leads to Woodlands Avenue 3 and 5, while the East exit leads to Woodlands Avenue 2 and 7. Although the interchange berths are enclosed underneath the North South Line MRT station, the parking area near the west exit is open-air.

As at March 2016, the berth allocation is such that Berths 1 to 8 will depart towards the East exit, and berths 9 to 16 depart towards the West exit, which means that buses do not have to turn back after picking up passengers. The only exceptions are Service 161 and 168 which depart at the east exit, but are located in Berths 15 and 16 due to space constraints.

The space-saving design was intended to leave more space around Woodlands Regional Centre for future development. Plans to develop the surrounding area were announced together with the upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line.

History:

Before the interchange came into operation, bus services in Woodlands were served by Woodlands Bus Interchange located at Woodlands Centre Road. In existence since the 1970s, the interchange served the former Woodlands Town Centre, which was located very near to the Causeway. Another bus terminal, Marsiling Bus Terminal, was situated not too far away at Marsiling Town, beside Block 201 along Admiralty Road. Introduced in the 1980s, this bus terminal was home to TIBS services 950, 951 and 952, which went to Shenton Way, Jurong and Marina Centre respectively.

When the Government announced to extend the North-South Line MRT between Yishun and Choa Chu Kang via Woodlands, there were accelerated plans to relocate and develop a new town centre for Woodlands New Town, to be located at Woodlands Square. Built at a cost of $34 million, the Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange was built underneath the elevated Woodlands MRT Station, with station facilities occupying the ground floor. This space-maximizing design was the first of its kind in Singapore and could accommodate both articulated and double-deck buses. It opened on 10 February 1996 with Prime Minister Mr Goh Chok Tong gracing the occasion, the very same day Woodlands MRT Station opened for service.

In 1996, both bus terminals were rendered obsolete. Services were either diverted to Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange or withdrawn.

Temporary Bus Interchange & Upgrading Works:

With the construction of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) entrance and exit for Woodlands MRT Station underneath Woodlands Regional Interchange, addition & alteration works were required to be carried out to the existing bus interchange. As such, a temporary bus interchange was constructed nearby to facilitate these works.

Construction of Woodlands Regional Temporary Bus Interchange (Contract T211 – Proposed Temporary Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange) was awarded to JS Metal Pte. Ltd. on 17 Mar 2014, at a sum of S$12,650,000.00.

The temporary bus interchange opened on 12 March 2016, with existing bus services amended to serve it.


Interchange Facilities

(As of 12 March 2016)

  • Interchange offices (SMRT)
  • Transitlink Office
  • Drivers lounge
  • Boarding and alighting berths
  • Information boards & Bus arrival displays
  • Retail outlets
  • Toilets
Bus Services

(As of 12 March 2016)

Service Berth Destination Notes
161 B15 Hougang Central
168 B16 Bedok
169 B7 Ang Mo Kio
178 B12 Boon Lay
187 B16 Boon Lay
856 B11 Yishun
858 B4 ↺ Changi Airport
900 B5 ↺ Woodlands Drive 14
900A ↺ Woodlands Drive 17 Selected Hours during Weekdays
901 B5 ↺ Woodlands Avenue 6
902 B6 Woodlands Avenue 9 Weekday Mornings,
Excluding RP Vacation
903 B4 ↺ Woodlands Centre Road
903P B4 ↺ Marsiling Lane Weekdays AM/PM Peak
904 B6 ↺ Woodlands Crescent
911/E B8 ↺ Woodlands Avenue 2
B11 ↺ Woodlands Centre Road
912/E B8 ↺ Woodlands Avenue 7
B12 ↺ Woodlands Centre Road
912P B12 ↺ Woodlands St 41 Weekdays AM/PM Peak
913/E B7 ↺ Woodlands Circle
B12 ↺ Woodlands Centre Road
925 / 925# B11 Choa Chu Kang Weekdays, Sat & Eves of PHs
↺ Neo Tiew Crescent Sundays & PHs
926 B7 ↺ Mandai Lake Road Sundays & PHs
950 B14 ↺ JB Sentral Cross border route
960 B16 Marina Centre
961/ 961# B15 Lorong 1 Geylang Weekdays, Saturdays
Lorong 1 Geylang Sundays & PH
962 B8 ↺ Admiralty Street
963 B15 HarbourFront
963E B15 HarbourFront Express service
Weekdays AM/PM Peak
963R B15 Resorts World Sentosa Express service
Weekends & PHs
964 B7 ↺ Woodlands Link Weekdays, Sat & Eves of PHs
965 B5 ↺ Sengkang
966 B14 ↺ Marine Parade Road
969 B4 Tampines
Berth Allocation:

(As of 12 March 2016)
Berths 1 to 8 are located to the South, with traffic flow in the direction of Woodlands Avenue 2 and 7. Berths 9 to 16 are located to the North, with traffic flow in the direction of Woodlands Avenue 3 and 5.

Berth Bus Services
B1 For Alighting Only
B2 For Alighting Only
B3 Alighting Berth
Wheelchair-accessible Service boarding berth (187, 858, 950, 966)
North-South Line Rail Bridging Service (towards Marina South Pier)
B4 858/858A, 903/903P, 969
B5 900/900A, 901, 965
B6 902, 904
B7 169, 913 (Wdl Circle), 926, 964
B8 911 (Wdl St 82/83), 912 (Wdl Ring Rd), 962
B9 For Alighting Only
B10 Alighting Berth
North-South Line Rail Bridging Service (towards Jurong East)
B11 856, 911 (Train Checkpoint), 925/925#
B12 178/178A, 912 (Train Checkpoint), 912P, 913 (Train Checkpoint)
B13 For Alighting Only
B14 950, 966
Ngee Ann Polytechnic Shuttle Service
B15 161, 961/961#, 963, 963E/963R
Nanyang Polytechnic Shuttle Service
B16 168, 187, 960

 


Gallery (Pre-Upgrading):
Woodlands Feeder Map
Woodlands Feeder map, extracted from SMRT Bus and Train Servces Guide.
Woodlands Feeder map, extracted from SMRT Bus and Train Services Guide.

External Links & References:

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18 thoughts on “Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange

  • 15 May 2021 at 8:06 PM
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    Maybe handing over to TTS, woodlands upgraded bus int and TEL2 will start on the same day? or same month?

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  • 8 May 2021 at 11:00 PM
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    This interchange may open together with the tower transit take over of some of the services.

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