Bulim Bus Depot is a bus depot along Bulim Avenue and Jurong West Avenue 2. Completed in mid-2015, it was subsequently handed over to Tower Transit Singapore since 31 Jul 2015 under the Government Contracting Model, as the successful tenderer of the Bulim Bus Package.
|Name||Bulim Bus Depot|
Tower Transit (from 31 Jul 2015)
|GCM Route Package||Bulim Bus Package|
|Type||Main bus depot|
|Catchment||Boon Lay, Bukit Batok, Bukit Panjang, Choa Chu Kang|
Bulim Bus Depot was the first depot that LTA developed and funded, in contrast to previous bus depots which were the assets of bus operators. As part of the review of the enhanced structural assistance that Government is providing the bus industry announced in Committee of Supply (COS) 2012, new bus depots would be constructed with government funds to accommodate additional buses that are being introduced over the years, as the overall bus capacity increases under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).
Contract RD258 for the design and construction of Bulim Depot was awarded to KTC Civil Engineering & Construction Pte Ltd at S$87.5 million. The depot is designed to park and maintain 550 buses.
Whilst the main building of Bulim Depot was still under construction, the completed bus park of Bulim Depot was opened on 17 August 2014 for overnight parking of SMRT buses, making SMRT Buses Ltd the first operator to occupy Bulim Depot. The bus park relieved overcrowding at Kranji Depot and the extensive use of overnight parking at its interchanges. However, SMRT buses based at Bulim have their maintenance and refueling carried out at Kranji Depot. A regular employee shuttle service to Bukit Batok Interchange (and limited departures from Choa Chu Kang) brought about increased accessibility for SMRT staff. The depot exit was converted to a two-way access road leading from Bulim Ave to the bus park within the depot.
The completed bus depot was handed over to new bus operator Tower Transit Singapore on 31 Jul 2015, who was awarded the tender for operating the Bulim Bus Package. As part of the transitioning into the Government Contracting Model, the early handover allows sufficient time for the Operator to build up its resources, such as recruitment and training of bus captains and technicians, for a smooth transition before the implementation of the first tranche of bus services.
- Aug 2014 – 30 Jul 2015: SMRT Buses Ltd
- 31 Jul 2015 onwards: Tower Transit
Under the GCM, Bulim Bus Depot will be bundled together with 26 bus routes as part of the Bulim Bus Package. These routes would operate mainly from Bukit Batok, Clementi and Jurong East Bus Interchanges, with the Depot handling the operations of all buses operating on these routes.
The Depot will take in an initial number of 367 buses comprising of 188 double-decker buses and 179 single-decker buses (leased to the successful tenderer) in 2016, before growing to about 500 buses in 2021, in tandem with expected ridership growth and the development of Bukit Batok West and Tengah New Town.
Allocated bus services are:
|Service||Destination 1||Destination 2||Type||Description|
|41||Jurong East||↺ Jln Anak Bukit||Trunk|
|49||Jurong East||↺ Jur West St 42||Trunk|
|77||Bukit Batok||Marina Centre||Trunk|
|78||Jurong East||↺ Clementi Ave 3||Trunk|
|79||Jurong East||↺ Boon Lay Int||Trunk|
|96||Clementi||↺ Kent Ridge Cres||Trunk|
|97||Jurong East||Marina Centre||Trunk|
|97e||Jurong East||Marina Centre||Peak Hour|
|98||Jurong East||↺ Jurong Pier Way||Trunk|
|106||Bukit Batok||Shenton Way||Trunk|
|143||Jurong East||Toa Payoh||Trunk|
|173||Bukit Batok||↺ Clementi||Trunk|
|177||Bukit Batok||↺ Jelebu Rd||Peak Hour|
|183||Jurong East||↺ Science Park Rd||Trunk|
|189||Bukit Batok||↺ Clementi Ave 1||Trunk|
|282||Clementi||↺ Clementi W St 2||Feeder|
|284||Clementi||↺ Clementi Ave 4||Feeder|
|285||Clementi||↺ Pandan Loop||Feeder|
|333||Jurong East||↺ Jur East St 32||Feeder|
|334||Jurong East||↺ Jur West St 42||Feeder|
|335||Jurong East||↺ Jur West Ave 1||Feeder|
|941||Bukit Batok||↺ BBT West Ave 8||Feeder|
|945||Bukit Batok||↺ BBT West Ave 4||Feeder|
|947||Bukit Batok||↺ BBT Rd||Feeder|
|990||Bukit Batok||↺ Jurong E Central||Trunk|
Bulim Bus Depot Open House
Tower Transit conducted an Open House for the Bulim Depot on Sunday 6 December 2015, showcasing the facilities at Bulim Bus Depot.
Read our main article on the Open House, A Bulim Bus Carnival Day.
Side view of Bulim Depot
Rear exit of depot, converted to two-way road for access to SMRT’s bus park
Rear entrance with construction barriers removed
Courtesy of SMRT’s Facebook page:
External Links & References:
- RD258 – Proposed Bus Depot at Wenya (KTC Group)
- new bus depot to support bus fleet expansion under bsep – LTA
- Back to Bus Depots and Bus Parks