Improved Boarding Points, More Barrier-Free and Family-Friendly Features Among Benefits Commuters Can Look Forward to Upon Completion
To support bus operations and enhance the commuting experience of passengers, Yio Chu Kang Bus Interchange has been undergoing a major expansion since December 2017.
2. The expansion is taking place in two phases – constructing the expanded areas and upgrading the existing bus interchange. Following the completion of first phase, commuters can look forward to enhancements such as an improved boarding point at each berth and graduated kerb edges to facilitate boarding by passengers in wheelchairs. In addition, high-volume low-speed fans have been installed at the concourse area for more effective air circulation.
3. In support of the government’s vision of a more inclusive public transport system, there are barrier-free alighting areas, priority queue zones with seats, a nursing room and barrier-free toilets to cater to the needs of the elderly, less mobile and families with young children. There are also 150 bicycle parking lots to facilitate active mobility and first-and-last-mile connectivity to encourage more people to Walk Cycle Ride.
4. To improve safety, the interchange is equipped with a reverse warning system to detect movement of buses from parking lots into the driveway.
5. The bus interchange expansion has received the BCA Green Mark GoldPLUS Award this year for environmental sustainability, with features such as a green roof to keep the interchange cool, as well as the more water-efficient fixtures and a more energy-efficient air-conditioning system, which will result in savings of an estimated 133,810kWh in energy and 1,810m3 of water every year.
Bus interchange expansion to start operations progressively
6. To minimise inconvenience to commuters, bus services will be migrated to the Yio Chu Kang Bus Interchange expansion progressively. The boarding berth of Services 13, 70/70M, 72B and 860 has been relocated from 13 October 2019, while the boarding berth of Services 71, 72, 76, 162, 162M and 825 will be relocated from 17 November 2019.
7. The Yio Chu Kang Bus Interchange expansion, including facilities such as the canteen and e-lobby, will fully open from 29 December 2019. This will be followed by the second phase of the works, which involves upgrading the premises of the existing Yio Chu Kang Bus Interchange. When all the expansion works are completed in 2021, the size of the bus interchange will be more than tripled from the original 4,730 square metres to around 16,200 square metres.
8. Separately, from 17 October 2019, four electric minibuses with a wheelchair-lifting mechanism will be progressively introduced on the existing Service 825 operating between Yio Chu Kang Bus Interchange and Lentor estate. With this, all public bus services in Singapore will be wheelchair-accessible.