Woodlands Bus Depot
Know All About Woodlands Bus Depot
SMRT Buses operates a bus depot called Woodlands Bus Depot. Bus operations in the Woodlands and Marina Center area use this parking and servicing facility, located along Woodlands Industrial Park E4.
The primary bus terminal serving Singapore’s north is Woodlands Bus Depot. It is also known as WLDEP and provides repairs and fueling services for local buses. It also houses more than 300 buses and is the only multi-story depot for SMRT Buses, with two levels.
The primary overhaul facility for SMRT Buses gets located at Woodlands Depot, where the whole fleet’s substantial maintenance and bus refurbishment work gets done. Additionally, it serves as a maintenance facility for SMRT Taxis and other businesses and governmental organizations that outsource their maintenance of road vehicles to SMRT Engineering Pte Ltd. The Bus Operations Control Center (BOCC), in control of all SMRT bus operations in Singapore, is housed at Woodlands Bus Depot with the SMRT Buses headquarters.
To build its third bus depot after the Ang Mo Kio and Kranji depots, Trans-Island Bus Service (TIBS), the forerunner of SMRT Buses, purchased the property for the depot in Q4 1997. The facility, which cost $50 million to build and gets erected between 1997 and 1999, has a 2.58-acre area. The bus workshop is on the ground floor, while additional parking gets located on the upper floor. SMRT offices and the Bus Operations Control Center were in the administrative building, built as a separate wing (BOCC). Mr. Yeo Cheow Tong, Minister of Communications and Technology, gave the depot it’s official opening on October 23, 1999.
Bus Park in Woodlands
To provide Woodlands Depot with additional bus parking due to a persistent lack of spaces, the Woodlands Bus Park gets established along Woodlands Avenue 4 in 2013. All refueling and repair tasks get completed at Woodlands Bus Depot, which offers parking space and has no additional amenities.
Along with Woodlands Bus Park, the following bus models get now housed at Woodlands Depot:
Single Deck Buses
- MAN A22
- A Mercedes-Benz Citaro
A MAN NG363F (A24)
Double Decker Buses
- MAN A95
- B9TL Volvo
In Woodlands, there is a sizable temporary bus interchange known as WTBI. Due to its proximity to the North-South Line (NSL) and Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) stations at Woodlands MRT Station, passengers can easily switch between the rail system and the numerous bus services at the interchange.
To temporarily replace Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange, the interchange gets constructed. An air-conditioned concourse, an underground link to the TEL station, and an expansion of the bus park to allow more bus parking would be added to the old interchange concurrently with the TEL’s development.
The bus park is in the center of this temporary interchange, and the passenger concourse surrounds it. There is space in the parking bay for 51 articulated buses (18 meters) and ten rigid buses (12 meters), although many of these articulated bus spots get changed to double-park Rigid buses to reduce parking congestion and with the progressive dwindling of the articulated bus fleet. Woodlands Square is accessible via a single combined vehicular entry and exit.
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