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Guide To Know All About Punggol Temporary Bus Interchange

A bus interchange known as Punggol Temporary Bus Interchange is situated at Punggol Central, next to the Punggol MRT/LRT Station. Punggol Temporary Bus Interchange constructed to accommodate the residential construction of Punggol New Town and designed to easily disassembled when the land is renovated in the future, maintaining its designation as “temporary.” As of September 4, 2016, Go-Ahead Singapore has replaced SBS Transit as the Punggol Bus Interchange’s anchor operator. Go-Ahead runs 13 bus services that leave from the interchange as the chosen tenderer for the Loyang Bus Package.

History

The Punggol Road End Bus Terminal, which has been around since the 1980s and is the home of Bus Services 82 and 83, was the only bus terminal in Punggol before the building of the  Punggol Temporary Bus Interchange. In June 1992, Bus Service 83 was truncated to Hougang Central Bus Interchange and given the new number 147. Bus Service 147 also modified via Stamford Road, Selegie Road, and the Little India neighbourhood rather than Victoria Street and Lavender Street. With the completion of the North East line, Bus Service 82 was changed to a loop service from Serangoon to Punggol Road End because its original route largely overlapped those of Bus Services 100 and 107. It was later changed to end at the interchange and loop.

Opening

The temporary Punggol Bus Interchange, which cost SGD 1.9 million to build and took ten months to complete, was formally inaugurated on November 30, 2003, by Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC Member Teo Chee Hean. Before the interchange opened, Punggol had just one bus terminal, the Punggol Road End Bus Terminal, which only offered 82 and 83 bus services. When the relations began operations, the bus terminal was shut down and turned into a bus stop. To accommodate 13 additional bus spaces in addition to the existing 38, the Punggol Temporary Bus Interchange would enlarge from its present 1.2 hectares (12,000 m2) to 2.0 hectares (20,000 m2), the LTA stated in April 2015. 

Services

Bus Service 83, which runs between Sengkang and Punggol, was modified after the interchange opened to end here rather than at the two bus stops below Punggol. Bus Service 62 and Bus Service 136 also extended from the former Hougang South Bus Interchange and Upper Serangoon Road to this interchange Service 3 extend. Bus Services 34, 43, and 85 were later launched as replacement services to connect Punggol to the Singapore Changi Airport, the Upper East Coast Bus Terminal, and the Yishun Bus Interchange, respectively.

Enhancing Bus Service Program

To reduce commute times, the LTA launched the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) in 2015 and intended to deploy 1,000 vehicles to expand bus services and boost connectivity. The Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) allowed Bus Service 119 to extend to terminate at Punggol Bus Interchange rather than Sengkang Bus Interchange, calling an additional four pairs of bus stops. It was the first service enhancement for Punggol Bus Interchange. Bus Service 117, which runs between Punggol and Sembawang Bus Interchange, and Bus Service 118, which runs between Punggol and Changi, are two more bus services.

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