Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange

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Coordinates: 1°22′10″N 103°50′54″E / 1.36944°N 103.84833°E / 1.36944; 103.84833

Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange
宏茂桥巴士转换站
Pertukaran Bas Ang Mo Kio
Public bus
Amkbusinterchange.JPG
Interior of Ang Mo Kio Interchange in December 2008
Location53 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, Singapore 569933
Singapore
Owned byLand Transport Authority
Operated bySBS Transit Ltd (ComfortDelGro Corporation)
Bus routes14 (SBS Transit Ltd)
1 (SMRT Buses Ltd) until 2Q2021 (Tower Transit from 2Q2021)
1 (Go-Ahead Singapore Pte Ltd)
Bus stands6 (Boarding)
3 (Alighting)
Bus operatorsSBS Transit Ltd (except Services 136 & 169)
SMRT Buses Ltd until 2Q2021 (Tower Transit from 2Q2021) (Service 169)
Go-Ahead Singapore Pte Ltd (Service 136)
Connections NS16  CR11  Ang Mo Kio
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
Disabled accessAccessible alighting/boarding points
Accessible lifts
Accessible public toilets
Graduated kerb edges
Tactile guidance system
History
Opened10 April 1983; 38 years ago (1983-04-10) (Old)
24 March 2002; 19 years ago (2002-03-24) (Temporary)
28 April 2007; 14 years ago (2007-04-28)
Closed23 March 2002; 19 years ago (2002-03-23) (Old)
27 April 2007; 14 years ago (2007-04-27) (Temporary)
Key dates
10 April 1983Commenced operations
24 March 2002Operations shifted to temporary interchange
28 April 2007Operations shifted back to new and air-conditioned interchange

Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange is located in Ang Mo Kio Town Centre, Singapore. The interchange is within AMK Hub which is in turn linked to Ang Mo Kio MRT station via a pedestrian underpass below Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8. The interchange was opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The interchange is the third to be fully air-conditioned in Singapore after the Toa Payoh Bus Interchange and the Sengkang Bus Interchange, and similarly features automated sliding doors at each of its six berths that will open only when the bus reaches the berths.

History[edit]

The new, air-conditioned bus interchange of Ang Mo Kio is located within AMK Hub. Taken in March 2007.
Ang Mo Kio Temporary Bus Interchange located near Ang Mo Kio Public Library in November 2006. It started operations in March 2002, and ended operations in April 2007.

Original interchange[edit]

Plans for the bus interchange were first announced in March 1979, as part of the Singapore Bus Service's (SBS) efforts to rationalise the Singapore bus system. Constructed by the Housing and Development Board (HDB), the bus park of the interchange was completed in 1979.[1] In January 1980, bus services that previously terminated at a bus terminus along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 were amended to the interchange, but passengers were not allowed to board or alight at the interchange.[2] Due to concerns over the interchange's small size making it unsafe for commuters, in August 1980, SBS announced that it would be replacing the interchange with a larger facility. To facilitate the interchange's construction, the HDB granted permission to SBS to utilise half of a plot of land beside the interchange and another plot then occupied by a carpark.[3]

Work on the replacement bus interchange commenced in January 1981,[3] and operations at the new interchange commenced on 10 April 1983. Covering an area of more than 14,000 square metres (150,000 sq ft) and with 36 berths, the bus interchange included features such as swing gates and turnstiles to handle commuter traffic, along with safety railings and walls to ensure commuters' safety.[4]

Current interchange[edit]

The bus interchange was relocated to a temporary structure at the other end of Ang Mo Kio Town Centre near the Ang Mo Kio Community Library on 24 March 2002 when the 18-year-old interchange building was demolished to make way for the development of AMK Hub.[5] The temporary bus interchange was originally intended to be operational for two years, but continued to operate at its site for another three years due to a delay in the construction of the AMK Hub when its earlier contractor went out of business right after the demolition of the old bus interchange.

All services that terminate in Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange were relocated to the new bus interchange built within AMK Hub on 28 April 2007[5] and was opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the then Minister of State for Finance and Transport, Ms Lim Hwee Hua.

Bus Contracting Model[edit]

Under the new bus contracting model, the entire bus interchange except 22, 25, 73, 86, 136, 166 and 169 will come under Seletar Bus Package.[6] Service 136 is under Loyang, Service 22 is under Tampines, Service 25 is under Bedok, Service 169 is under Sembawang-Yishun, Service 86 is under Sengkang-Hougang, Service 166 is under Clementi while Service 73 is under Bishan-Toa Payoh packages respectively.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Plan for 3 more bus interchanges". The Straits Times. Singapore. 14 March 1979. p. 10. Retrieved 19 December 2020 – via NewspaperSG.
  2. ^ "Terminal's last day at Ang Mo Kio". The Straits Times. Singapore. 4 January 1980. p. 16. Retrieved 19 December 2020 – via NewspaperSG.
  3. ^ a b Teo, Edmund (18 August 1980). "Ang Mo Kio to get 63-bay bus exchange". The Straits Times. Singapore. p. 6. Retrieved 19 December 2020 – via NewspaperSG.
  4. ^ "More routes for AMK commuters". The Straits Times. Singapore. 1 April 1983. p. 9. Retrieved 19 December 2020 – via NewspaperSG.
  5. ^ a b "Apr '07 - New Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange". SBS Transit. 26 April 2007. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Calling of Tender for Third Bus Package under the Bus Contracting Model". Land Transport Authority. 7 June 2016.

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