Sengkang Bus Interchange
Sengkang Bus Interchange
|Location||13 Sengkang Square, Singapore 545077
|Owned by||Land Transport Authority|
|Operated by||SBS Transit|
|Bus routes||9 (SBS Transit)
1 (SMRT Buses)
|Bus stands||4 (Boarding)
|Bus operators||SBS Transit
SMRT Buses (service 965)
Go-Ahead Singapore (service 83)
|Disabled access||Accessible alighting/boarding points
Accessible public toilets
Graduated kerb edges
Tactile guidance system
|Opened||18 January 2003|
|18 January 2003||Commenced operations|
|4 September 2016||Service 83 handed over to Go-Ahead Singapore|
|83, 86, 87, 156, 159, 163/M, 371, 372, 374, 965
Sengkang Bus Interchange is a bus interchange located on the ground level of Compass Heights condominium in the town centre of Sengkang New Town. Located next to Sengkang MRT/LRT Station, Sengkang Bus Interchange is the second bus interchange in Singapore and the first bus interchange along the North East Line to be air conditioned. It was opened on 18 January 2003.
Old bus interchange
The bus interchange was opened on 12 June 1998 as a terminal. At that time, developments around the area in Sengkang New Town were still actively in progress. On 28 April 2001, the temporary bus interchange was located across the road of Sengkang Square.
On 18 January 2003, after the Sengkang LRT East Loop opened, Sengkang Bus Interchange was moved to Compass One(formerly known as Compass Point), and integrated with the other transport networks like the Sengkang MRT, Sengkang LRT line and station, all housed under one complex. It is notably the second bus interchange in Singapore to be air-conditioned, after Toa Payoh Bus Interchange.
To improve ventilation at the former non-air conditioned alighting bays, the Land Transport Authority constructed a new air-conditioned passageway connecting to the existing air conditioned boarding areas in 2007. On 24 November 2014, LTA officially announced the expansion of the interchange to accommodate future bus services under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) Scheme as the current interchange does not have enough parking spaces for more services. The expansion consists of 12 additional parking bays, boarding and alighting facilities, concourse area, staff lounge and a canteen. The expansion works are expected be completed in the third quarter of 2016.
Change of bus routes
Service 85, 501, and 502, which used to ply from Sengkang Bus Interchange to HarbourFront, Marina Centre and Boon Lay respectively, were removed or re-routed to prevent duplication of the North East Line when the North East Line was opened on 20 June 2003. After public feedback and consultation with schools whose students were affected by the withdrawal of Service 85, Service 119 was introduced to replace a segment of Service 85's route between Sengkang and Hougang Street 21. 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.
Sengkang Interchange Extension (Compassvale Bus Interchange)
An extension is built opposite Compass One along Sengkang Square. The extension, Compassvale Bus Interchange opened on 12 March 2017 with 1 service, 374.
Bus Contracting Model
Under the new bus contracting model, all the bus routes buses were split into 4 route packages-965 under Sembawang-Yishun, 83 under Loyang, 156 under Clementi Bus Packages and the rest are under Sengkang-Hougang Bus Packages.