Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange

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Coordinates: 1°26′12″N 103°47′10″E / 1.43667°N 103.78611°E / 1.43667; 103.78611

Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange
兀兰临时巴士转换站
Pusat Bas Sementara Woodlands
உட்லண்ட்ஸ் தற்காலிகப் பேருந்து நிலையத்தில்
Public bus
Location 3A Woodlands Square
Singapore 737735
Singapore
Owned by Land Transport Authority
Operated by SMRT Buses
Bus routes 28 (SMRT Buses)
2 (SBS Transit)
Bus stands 10 (boarding)
8 (alighting)
Bus operators SMRT Buses
SBS Transit (Services 161 and 168)
Connections  NS9  TE2  Woodlands
Construction
Structure type At-grade
Disabled access Accessible alighting/boarding points
Accessible public toilets
Graduated kerb edges
Tactile guidance system
History
Opened 10 February 1996
Closed 12 March 2016 (closed for addition and alternation works)
Rebuilt 2019
Key dates
10 February 1996 Commenced operations
12 March 2016 Operations shifted to temporary site

Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange (Chinese: 兀兰区域巴士转换站; pinyin: Wùlán qūyù bāshì zhuǎnhuànzhàn) was completed and opened along with the Woodlands extension of the North South Line in 1996. It is the first underground and the third biggest bus interchange in Singapore. The old Woodlands Bus Interchange was converted into a terminus for people leaving Singapore, as well as for Woodlands intra-town services that are serving the old town centre there. Later, it was deemed obsolete and ceased operations.

Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange was the first underground interchange in Singapore to accommodate articulated buses and located below Woodlands MRT Station. Double deckers made their debut appearance in 19 February 1996 as an off-service SBS bus, one of which it is a Leyland Olympian 2-Axle and Mercedes-Benz O305 double deckers.

Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange (Chinese: 兀兰临时巴士转换站; pinyin: Wùlán qūyù bāshì zhuǎnhuànzhàn) took over operations from Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange on 12 March 2016, which will undergo addition and alteration works as part of the construction for the new Woodlands Station along the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL). The future Woodlands North MRT Station will be an integrated transport hub and consist of offices, restaurants, and shops above the bus interchange. It will be connected underground to the Woodlands North MRT Station.[1]

Inside the Old Interchange[edit]

Woodlands Regional Interchange had a unique orientation as it is divided into two sides, depending on which direction it will depart. Bus Services between Berths 1 to 8 will depart towards Woodlands Avenue 7 whereas bus services between Berths 9 to 16 will depart towards Woodlands Avenue 3. Although SBS Transit Services 161 and 168 departs towards Woodlands Avenue 7, they are located in Berths 15 and 16 due to space constraints.

History[edit]

Redevelopment[edit]

Due to the construction of the upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) underneath Woodlands Regional Interchange, alteration works would be carried out to the existing bus interchange together with the upgrade to the air-conditioned bus interchange, thus focusing to be an Integrated Transport Hub (ITH) in 2019. A temporary interchange is being constructed next to Woodlands MRT Station for the relocation of all of the bus services currently serving Woodlands Regional Interchange. Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange (TBI) was launched on 12 March 2016.[2]

Bus Contracting Model[edit]

All SMRT bus services plying in Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange will be split into 2 bus packages: 169, 856, 963, 965, 966 and 969 under the Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package with the rest under the Woodlands Bus Package.

SBS Transit bus services 161 & 168 will be under the Sengkang – Hougang and Bedok Bus Package respectively.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Woodlands North Coast". URA. 2016-07-28. Retrieved 2017-01-28. 
  2. ^ "Relocation of Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange from 12 March 2016". SMRT. 2016-02-04. Retrieved 2016-03-02. 

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