We begin part two of the independent transport videos 2017 visit to the tropical island city of Singapore visiting the eastern side of the island. As in part 1 we start our filming in central Singapore on Havelock Road and witness the morning and afternoon rush on Orchard Road at Dhoby Ghaut. Our cameras then board SBS6778B, a Mercedes-Benz Citaro for a ride on route 16 to Bedok. Action at this busy interchange is captured before joining SBS7560E, a Volvo B9TL with Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodywork on the SBS service to Tampines. Since our last visit in 2002, Tampines has developed into a busy town with plenty of bus action for you to enjoy. Leaving the bus interchange we board another Citaro, this time it is SBS6484Z, operated by Go-Ahead Singapore, to the pretty bus station at Pasir Ris. Set amongst lawns and tropical trees, even the bus shelters have a look of Indian temples! The bus station is operated by Go-Ahead Singapore and features a good selection of vehicles from the Go-Ahead and SBS Transit fleets. We next travel onboard SBS7707A, another Volvo B9TL, as we journey from Havelock Road to Hougang bus interchange. Hougang is home to a large SBS Transit bus depot and a number of Citaros are seen from our bus out and about on training duties. At the bus station we see some of SBS’s Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Tridents, similar to the ones operated in Hong Kong. These double-deckers were new on our last visit in 2002 and now they are near the end of their days in service! Sengkang is our next location before reaching our final destination at Punggol. Punggol bus interchange is operated by Go-Ahead Singapore and has only recently been built. There is plenty of action for you to see in the bright sunshine with the temperature during our visit to Singapore reaching 35 degrees centigrade each day! We hope you enjoy your visit here on DVD!
A good deal has changed since our last visit in 2002. Then the main operator was SBS Transit and Trans Island Bus Services (TIBS) being the smaller operator, which in 2001 merged with the SMRT Corporation, the operator of Singapore’s rapid transit railway system. SBS (Singapore Bus Services) was renamed DelGro Corporation in 1997 and then ComfortDelGro in 2003, but the buses retained the SBS fleet name. In 2001 the buses were branded SBS Transit and this introduced a red, purple and white livery. Moving forward to 2012 the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) was introduced which put into action many changes. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) had taken responsibility for all surface transport in 2009 and in 2014 it moved towards a Bus Contracting Model (BCM). This means that the state owns all the bus infrastructure, depots, interchanges and the vehicles with the bus operators providing the services. The bus network is being divided into packages, each covering several routes. The routes, at the time of filming in November 2017 were operated by SBS, SMRT, Australian owned Tower Transit (Tower Transit Singapore) and British owned Go-Ahead (Go-Ahead Singapore). A new livery of all over lush green has been introduced to all vehicles regardless of operator, but the vehicles carry the fleet name of the respective operator.
Produced by Independent Transport Videos
Running time - 82 minutes (approx)
Format - 16:9 Widescreen
Release date - April 2018