Archive for April, 2010

Old bus terminus – Jurong

April 26, 2010

Jurong used to be an undeveloped area at the western part of Singapore. Major part of the area are jungles and swarms. There are two villages in the area, one at Tuas and the other at Tanjong Kling. The earliest record of bus service which operates around the area was Jurong Bus. No details were available on this bus service. The other company which operates buses in Jurong area was Green Bus No. 9 : Jurong Road/Upper Bukit Timah Road junction – Tanjong Kling
As the jungles and swarms were cleared in the late 1960s for industrialisation, Green Bus increase the bus services to four:

Route No. Route
9 Choa Chu Kang – Tanjong Kling
10 Green Bus Bukit Timah depot- Bulatan Pabrik (present Jurong Pier circus)
11 Jalan Peng Kang (present Corporation Road) – Jalan Besi Baja (present Tanjong Kling Road) via Jalan Buroh
12 Jalan Peng Kang – Jalan Besi Baja via Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim

More bus services was introduced in 1972 during the bus rationalisation excercise :
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The main bus terminals :
Tanjong Kling – UBC 206
Jurong Shipyard (Jalan Samulun) – ABC 197, UBC 196, 205
Jalan Besi (present Pioneer Road) – UBC 154A, 182, 204
International Road – STC 42, UBC 154, 202
Corporation Drive – UBC 176, 202, 203, 204, 205
A year later in 1973, number of bus services were further increased :
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Tanjong Kling – UBC 206
Shipyard Road – ABC 197, ABS 10, UBC 157, 196, 205
Benoi Road – ABS 43, UBC 154A, 182, 204 (replaces the former terminus at Jalan Besi)
International Road – ABS 42, UBC 154, 202
Corporation Drive – UBC 176, 202, 203, 204, 205
Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim – ABS 30/30A
Jalan Boon Lay/Jurong Road junction : UBC 165, ABC 198

This is the approach towards Benoi Road end. Back in the 70s, the situation will be something like this, rows of buses linning up the street, but instead of private buses, they will be UBC buses :
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This is the gate into a shipyard, UBC buses will make a U-turn in front of the gate :
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This is Corporation Drive terminal located outside block 61. The old blocks numbered XX are all demolished and replaced by new flats (blocks 182 & 183) at the background :
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Of all the block XX flats, only block 63 to 66 remains (at the background) :
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This is the International Road terminal located between 5th and 6th Lok Yang Road :
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Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim terminal for ABS 30/30A located at the junction with Benoi Road. The forrested area on the left side is Jurong Hill 65, on the extreme right is AYE/Benoi Road flyover :
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This is the entrance to Jurong Hill 65. The terimnal is located behind this hill :
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Shipyard Road terminal. The container offices on the right behind the fence is Mobil oil refinery :
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Another view of Shipyard Road with the refinery at the background :
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This is the Tanjong Kling Road end, buses next to the yellow building are employee buses chartered by the company :
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Buses will make a u-turn at the gate of the shipyard :
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Jalan Boon Lay – Jurong Road junction used to be a very busy junction, major meeting point for people from Tuas, Lim Chu Kang and Choa Chu Kang, sort of a mini town centre:
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General view of the area with the old Jurong Road on the right. Part of the old Jurong Road became Jurong West Avenue 4 on the left :
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All these bus terminals were closed when the $1.2 million bus interchange at the junction of Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim and Jurong Port Road went into operation in 1978.
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Resort World Sentosa shuttle buses

April 19, 2010

When resort world started operation in the beginning of this year, a fleet of 10 Scania K230UB low floor shuttle buses were operated on three routes :
1. RWS to Changi Airport Terminal 1 & 2, Budget Terminal
2. RWS to Orchard Hotel, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Copthorne King’s Hotel
3. RWS to Concorde Hotel, Swissotel The Stamford, Marina Mandarin Hotel
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More shuttle buses were added recently. These were Isuzu LT134Ps. Twelve were spotted working on various routes last Sunday:
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IBP shuttle bus

April 13, 2010

Ming Yu Jiang Express, the current operator of IBP – Jurong East interchange shuttle bus has placed two new buses into operation. Both were Kinglong XMQ6117K registered as PA52K and PA53C. A total of four buses were used on this operation daily Mondays to Saturdays. The other two buses are are Isuzu LT134P registered PC52U and PC53S.

PA53C :
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This is the previous operator (Brickston) of shuttle buses between IBP and Jurong East interchange :
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Private buses/coaches 2005 – 2009

April 6, 2010

Public bus companies such as SBS Transit and SMRT Bus purchase buses in large quantity, eg SBS Transit bought 1100 Scania K230UB and SMRT Bus 132 Mercedes OC500LE buses at a time. Unlike public bus companies, private bus/coach companies buy buses in small quantity.
Based on my observations on private buses/coaches for the past five years from 2005 to 2009, made in China buses are gaining popularity :
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The total number of private buses used in the percentage calculation in the above chart is 703 units.
China buses include Kinglong, Higer, Golden Dragon, Zonda, Yutong, Zhongtong (Foton registered its first bus only in 2010, so excluded).
Japan include Hino, Isuzu, Fuso, Nissan
Sweden include Volvo, Scania
Germany include Mercedes Benz, MAN
Others : only Daewoo
While European brands are losing popularity gradually, the most significant decrease in the market share are the Japanese brands. Since Euro IV emission requirement kicks in on 1 Oct 2006, Fuso, Hino and Nissan completely left the market due to these company’s inability or reluctance to bring in buses meeting Euro IV emission specifications. The exception is Isuzu. Isuzu was still able to offer their LT134P Euro IV model. As a result, the private fleet owners switch over to China made buses, which were much cheaper and at the same time meets Euro IV emission specifications.

Rows of new Kinglong buses brought in by the dealer :
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Brand new Yutong buses at another storage yard :
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