SINGAPORE: The Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Friday (Dec 11) said it has handed over Loyang Bus Depot, located off Loyang Avenue, to UK transport operator Go-Ahead Group.
According to LTA, the handover of the depot enables the operator to prepare for operations, as well as recruit and train bus captains and technicians, to support a smooth transition.
Developed and funded by the Government, the Loyang Bus Depot is leased to Go-Ahead Group under the bus contracting model. The provision of bus depots, among other bus assets, lowers the entry barriers for new operators, which in turn facilitates greater competition in the public bus industry.
Go-Ahead Singapore transition director Nigel Wood said: “The large, well-located depot is ideal for our bus services from Pasir Ris, Punggol, as well as Changi, to other locations such as Tampines, Bedok, and Sengkang.
“We plan to enhance it further with interior refurbishments to create an excellent working environment for our employees, and to equip it to also house a recruitment and training centre."
Loyang Bus Depot, which spans 8.3 hectares, can accommodate about 500 buses. Similar to Bulim Bus Depot, it is equipped with facilities for daily bus operations, such as refuelling and washing, bus repair and maintenance, and amenities for bus captains to rest or eat.
Go-Ahead buses are a familiar sight on London's roads, as the group’s fleet of 2,300 buses account for about 25 per cent of the capital's bus services.
Its service will be heading to Singapore from September next year on several existing and a few new routes, after the Group won a five-year contract last month. The deal will see the Britain-based company operating 25 bus routes in Loyang from the third quarter of 2016. It has said it will need 900 employees.
The company is the second UK transport operator to have won a bus package contract here, after London-based Tower Transit.