Posts Tagged ‘bus terminus’

Old bus terminus – Potong Pasir

February 4, 2015

Potong Pasir was a relatively new town. Construction of HDB flats started in 1982. The housing estate was served by one bus service SBS 147, which was diverted from Toa Payoh to terminate at Potong Pasir Avenue 1.
This is the map of the location :

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View of the former roadside terminus :
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After the withdrawal of 147, a feeder service 142 was started linking Potong Pasir to Toa Payoh bus interchange :
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Old bus terminus – Telok Blangah Street 32

December 31, 2014

In the quiet neighborhood of Telok Blangah Street 32 opposite the multi storey car park is the former bus terminus of SBS route 16 :
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Another view of the stretch of road with current feeder bus service 273 passing by :
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This is the map of the location :
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Route 16 was later diverted to terminate at Bukit Merah interchange.

Old bus terminus – Commonwealth Avenue

November 5, 2014

Commonwealth Avenue/North Bouna Vista Road junction was one of the very busy bus terminus after the bus transport re-organisation in 1971.There were 18 services terminating at this junction : ABC 5, 122, 148, 192, 193, ABS 2, 12, 13, 13A, 103, 103A, 144, 147, STC 64, 191A, 111, 112 and UBC 181 :
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This is a photo of the first location, photo taken from Ghim Moh HDB flats:
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This terminus is now used as a parking lots for cars and heavy vehicles :
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The terminus was moved and is now located at North Bouna Vista Road :
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Acknowledgement : National Archives Singapore

Old bus terminus – Marine Parade

October 21, 2014

The terminus at Marine Parade was originally located at Marine Terrace. This was a roadside terminus used by services 15 and 16. As more bus services serve the area, a new proper terminus was built at Siglap Road next to East Coast Parkway.
The map of the location:

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The services terminates here are SBS16, 76, 135, 196. The terminus was also used by Trans Island Bus 853 on weekend and public holidays. This used to be the entrance to the terminus :

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The place is now just an empty grass patch :

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After the terminus was closed, some of the buses on route 76 still make a short lay over at the slip road :

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Lost bus terminus – Keppel Habour

September 17, 2014

There was once a bus terminus outside the former Keppel Shipyard along Telok Blangah Road. STC routes 1, 8 and 38 terminates here along the road side. Which side of the road, I am not sure. The terminus is known as Keppel Habour, as displayed on the destination blinds on the STC buses even though the place was not a habour but rather a shipyard. It later became the terminus for STC routes 145 and 146 after the island wide bus re-organisation. This terminus was then shifted much further west to Clementi Road / Pasir Panjang Road junction.
The map of the location:
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STC Nissan RX102K3 on route 1 with destination blinds Moulmein Green – Keppel Habour :
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The former Keppel Shipyard is now occupied by Carribean Residences. This is a view of the stretch of road near the Carribean :
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The other side of the road :
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A stone throw away at Harbour Front Avenue / Maritime Square, behind the office buildings are some relics recovered from the shipyard.
The two gateposts which marked the entrance to the Singapore Habour Board at Gate No. 3 Keppel Road leading to the Empire Dock which was built in 1917 :
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A harpoon gun from the Russian whaling ship Sovetskaya Rossia which hunted whales in the Indian and Antarctic oceans in 1974 :
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A steam operated crane used in the docks :
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Manufacturer of the steam crane :
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Sadly, the exhibits were left neglected with weeds and tree seedlings growing on the tracks :
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Lost bus terminus – Rotherham Gate

May 7, 2014

United Bus Company operated a route 160 from Crawford Street to Rotherham Gate in 1971. I was very curious where Rotherham Gate is located based on the map at the last page of the bus guide :
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I didn’t have the chance to ride on route 162 to find out. I have been looking for clues to this place many years back but no information was available even on the internet. In recent years, however, more information became available on the internet and I was able to find the location of this gate. Rotherham Gate is one of the three major gates of the Royal Navy naval base which stretches from the west starting near the Causeway to the east at Sembawang. The gates at Sembawang are Sembawang Gate at the junction of Admiralty Road East and Sembawang Road and Canberra Gate at the junction of Canberra Road and Sembawang Road. Public entering the base need to exchange for the pass at either one of these three gates. A narrow two lane road called Naval Base Road (now Admiralty Road East and West) runs through the base from the east to the west linking Sembawang Gate to Rotherham Gate.
A map of the place :
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This is the location of Rotherham Gate view from the Causeway side towards Woodlands Waterfront:
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The tree and the cross mark the stone gate pillars.
This is the view from the other end, the road leads to a metal gate at the far end which is locked. Previously the road leads straight to the Causeway :
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One of the gate stone pillar still exists but overgrown and covered by the tree. This is a close shot of the “tree pillar”, the stone pillar can still be seen among the tree trunk :
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The bus terminus is just inside the gate near the location of the yellow/black barrier :
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Old bus terminus – Chai Chee

March 12, 2014

The Chai Chee bus terminus was built at around 1974. Before this terminus was built, there were several roadside bus terminus scattered around the area : Opera Estate 20, 21, 22, Telok Kurau Road 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 152, Changi Road/Siglap Road 30/30A, 31, 31A, 32, 33, Joo Chiat Place 41A. All these road side terminus were closed and moved to Chai Chee. This the map of the area :
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This is the terminus in 1980s :
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The terminus is located were this block of flat and shop houses now stands :
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The boarding area is located at the place where the 32A staircase now stands. On the left is the bus parking area :
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Chai Chee terminus was closed when the Bedok terminus located nearby started operation.

Old bus terminus – RAF Seletar

January 1, 2014

Outside main guard house of Seletar Camp is Jalan Kayu. It used to the bus terminus for Paya Lebar Bus 1A, 5 and 6. The terminus was called RAF Seletar. It was changed to Jalan Kayu after the British withdrew from Singapore. Paya Lebar Bus Company also operated a un-numbered shuttle bus service looping around inside the camp terminating at the same location. In the 1971 after the bus re-organistaion, only Associated Bus Service route 70 used the terminus. Terminus was later expanded to cope with the increase in number of services in the 1980s. It was used by SBS for 70, 103, 163, 214E and 214W. 214E and 214W were feeder buses serving the eastern and western half of the camp respectively. This is a map of the location :

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The grass patch used to be the parking lot for buses :

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The terminus was closed and the area around it was used as a bus stop for buses passing through the area :

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Most of the bus services were either discontinued or diverted to terminate at other places leaving only service 103 and 103W to cover the route of 214E and 214W inside the camp. Route 103W is a loop service running long West Camp Road to the end and return.
103 run along Piccadilly Road up to the end the road just before the camp gate :

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The bus will made a short layover before making a three point turn in front of the camp gate for the return trip. The area was later improved with a proper U-turn and bus stop :

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This terminus was short lived. It was demolished soon after Seletar was developed into an aerospace hub for aviation industries. Route 103W was withdrawn and 103 took over the West Camp Road section.

Down memory lane – Sentosa Monorail

December 18, 2013

Eight years had passed when the Sentosa Monorail stopped operation. The decision to build the monorail was made in June 1979 to improve traffic flow on the island. Back then, a fleet of 13 ex-London AEC RT/RTL double deckers and 5 “toast rack” open sided Commer/Mercedes O309 single deck buses served the visitors to the island. The project was estimated to cost 10.5million. It consist of a 5.8km long, 5 stations rail running round the island. The number of stations was eventually increased to 7. Project will be built by Swiss company Habegger Thun. Other ideas of using electric cars and trailer buses were rejected.
Initially 6 trains built by Von Roll of Switzerland was used. Each train consisted of 15 open sided cabins, 32m long and can carry 90 passengers. It takes 30mins to make a round trip. It will travel at 16km/hr at 3 to 6m above ground level. The trains started operation in February 1982 and more trains were added one year later, in September 1983 to cater to the increase in number of visitors.

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Monorail arriving at Ficus station

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A rear view of the train as it departs Underwater World station.

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Interior of the train

The trains operates in the clockwise direction. The direction was reversed in February 1994 after a brief period of shut down and maintenance.
The seven stations were :
1 – Ferry terminal
2 – Underwater World
3 – Fort Siloso
4 – Cable car
5 – Central beach
6 – Ficus
7 – Gateway

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The maintenance depot.

The monorail stopped operation in March 2005 when the Sentosa Express light rail went into operation.

Old bus terminus – Havelock Road

December 11, 2013

One of the terminus which was not retained in the 1971 bus re-organisation was Havelock Road. The other nearby bus terminus at South Canal Road remained. The Havelock Road terminus is a road side terminus right situated right next to the Ministry of Labour building :

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This a picture of the terminus in 1955 :

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Tay Koh Yat 16 and 17 terminates here. The old colonial building at the background was demolished and replaced by this ugly building which houses the Ministry of Manpower :

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Acknowledgement : Old bus photo from National Archives Singapore