Punggol Temporary Bus Interchange

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Coordinates: 1°24′15″N 103°54′8″E / 1.40417°N 103.90222°E / 1.40417; 103.90222

Punggol Temporary Bus Interchange
  • 榜鵝临时巴士转换站
  • Pertukaran Bas Sementara Punggol
Public bus
Location 70A Punggol Place, Singapore 828865
Singapore
Owned by Land Transport Authority
Operated by SBS Transit
Bus routes 17
Bus stands 4 (Boarding)
1 (Alighting)
Bus operators SBS Transit
Connections  NE17  PTC  Punggol
Construction
Structure type At-grade
Disabled access Accessible alighting/boarding points
Accessible public toilets
Graduated kerb edges
Tactile guidance system
History
Opened 30 November 2003
Key dates
30 November 2003 Commenced operations
Q3 2016 All services, except for 50 and 117, handed over to Go-Ahead

Punggol Temporary Bus Interchange is a temporary bus interchange in Punggol New Town, located adjacent to the Punggol MRT/LRT Station. It was built to allow for easy dismantling when the site is redeveloped as part of a major commercial development when Punggol New Town is more developed.[1] The bus interchange was officially opened on November 30, 2003.

History[edit]

Opening[edit]

Punggol Bus Interchange in 2006

The SGD $1.9-million temporary Punggol Bus Interchange took 10 months to construct and was officially opened on November 30, 2003 by Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC Teo Chee Hean. Before the opening of the interchange, Punggol's only bus terminal was the Punggol Road End Bus Terminus which had only two bus services, 82 and 83. The bus terminal was closed and converted into a bus stop when the interchange started operations.[2]

Expansion[edit]

In April 2015, LTA announced that the Punggol Temporary Bus Terminal will be expanded from its current 1.2 hectares (12,000 m2) to 2.0 hectares (20,000 m2) to cater for 13 new bus spaces on top of the current 38. New boarding berths and an expanded concourse will be added once the construction is complete. Expansion works started in Q3 of 2015.[3]

Services[edit]

With the opening of the interchange, Service 83, plying between Sengkang and Punggol, was amended to terminate here, instead of the pair of bus-stops below Punggol. The terminal's only bus route, Service 82, was amended to loop at the former terminal. Service 3 was extended from its original looping point at Pasir Ris Street 71 to provide direct links between Punggol and the new towns of Pasir Ris and Tampines, while Service 62 and Service 136 were extended from the former Hougang South Bus Interchange and Upper Serangoon Road to this interchange respectively.

As time went by, new services, Service 34, 43, and 85 were introduced to link Punggol to Singapore Changi Airport, Upper East Coast Bus Terminal and Yishun Bus Interchange respectively. When the Serangoon Bus Interchange was relocated, Service 82 was amended to terminate at this interchange and loop at Serangoon Central and no longer serves Punggol Point. With the amendment, a new service, Service 84 was introduced to replace the amended Service 82 to loop at Punggol Point.

Services that are currently operating here: 3, 43/43M, 62, 82, 83, 84, 85, 117, 118, 119, 136, 382G/W, 386

Bus Service Enhancement Programme[edit]

In 2015, LTA introduced the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) to improve commuting time and planned to roll out 1,000 buses to add more bus services to improve connectivity.[4] Punggol Bus Interchange had its first service upgrade on 21 October 2012, under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), Service 119 was extended to terminate at Punggol Bus Interchange instead of terminating at Sengkang Bus Interchange, calling at an additional four pairs of bus stops and three new bus service, Service 50, was introduced on December 16, 2012, plies between Punggol and Bishan Bus Interchange, service 117 piles between Punggol and Sembawang Bus Interchange and Service 118 plies between Punggol and Changi Business Park Bus Terminal.

On August 17, 2014, under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), the bus interchange introduced its first feeder service 386. The service plies along Punggol North, looping at Edgefield Plains. More feeder services were introduced from February 2015 to January 2016. Feeder services 386 was extended to loop at Punggol East (Riviera) and service 382G/382W plies along Punggol West, looping at Sumang Link. After these additions, more buses would still be added subsequently under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).

Bus Service Enhancement Programme bus services: 43/43M, 117, 118, 119, 382G/W, 386

Government Bus Contracting Model[edit]

In November 2015, the LTA announced that Go-Ahead Group, the successful tenderer of the Loyang Bus Package, will serve Punggol, Pasir Ris, Tampines, Changi Village, Yishun, Ang Mo Kio, Serangoon and Bedok towns and the city. This package comprises 25 services originating from Punggol Bus Interchange, including the newly introduced services 118 and 382G/W. Go-Ahead Singapore will take over operations of services 3, 43/43M, 62, 82, 83, 84, 85, 118, 119, 382G/W and 386 from Punggol, out of Loyang Bus Depot, leaving 50 and 117 as the remaining SBS Transit services left. It will also operate and maintain this interchange as well as Pasir Ris Bus Interchange.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "News Room URA 2013". Urban Redevelopment Authority Singapore. 
  2. ^ "Punggol Bus Interchange". Public Transport SG. April 30, 2013. Retrieved January 22, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Bus interchanges, terminal to be expanded". The Straits Times. April 23, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Bus crowding reduced by over 90% due to BSEP". Channel News Asia. August 14, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2016. 

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