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Sengkang Bus Interchange

Sengkang Bus Interchange is a bus interchange located on the ground level of Compass Heights condominium in the town centre of Sengkang New Town, Singapore. Located next to Sengkang MRT/LRT station, it is the second bus interchange in Singapore to be air conditioned. It was opened on 18 January 2003.

History



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. To date, only the main shelter of the old bus interchange remains, connecting Sengkang Square to nearby HDB estates along Compassvale Road.

Relocation

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.

Enhancement

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 were completed in the third quarter of 2016. The extension, named Compassvale Bus Interchange (formerly referred to as the Sengkang Bus Interchange Expansion), is located opposite Compass One along Sengkang Square and it officially opened on 12 March 2017 with currently two services, 374 (SBS Transit Ltd) and 110 (SMRT Buses Ltd).

Bus Contracting Model

Under the new bus contracting model, all the bus routes were split into 4 route packages; with bus service 965 under Sembawang-Yishun package, bus service 83 under Loyang package, and bus service 156 under Clementi package and the rest are under Sengkang-Hougang Bus Packages.

Bus service 83 (Loyang package) is operated by Go-Ahead Singapore Pte Ltd. Bus service 965 (Sembawang-Yishun package) is operated by SMRT Buses Ltd. All remaining bus services are operated by anchor operator, SBS Transit Ltd.