Go-Ahead Singapore launches Singapore's Loyang Bus Depot; likely to bid for Seletar routes next

(From left)Mr  David Brown, Mr Zainal Sapari, Mr Melvin Yong and Mr Nigel Wood at the Official opening ceremony of Go-Ahead Singapore's Loyang Bus Depot on June 19, 2016.
(From left)Mr David Brown, Mr Zainal Sapari, Mr Melvin Yong and Mr Nigel Wood at the Official opening ceremony of Go-Ahead Singapore's Loyang Bus Depot on June 19, 2016.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
Go-Ahead bus captain Janice Tan pose for a photo on a skeleton of a Volvo double-deck bus at the Official opening ceremony of Go-Ahead Singapore's Loyang Bus Depot on June 19, 2016.
Go-Ahead bus captain Janice Tan pose for a photo on a skeleton of a Volvo double-deck bus at the Official opening ceremony of Go-Ahead Singapore's Loyang Bus Depot on June 19, 2016.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
Three-year-old Jeremiah Cai waits for his turn to board and sit on the driver's seat of a single-deck bus at the Official opening ceremony of Go-Ahead Singapore's Loyang Bus Depot on June 19, 2016.
Three-year-old Jeremiah Cai waits for his turn to board and sit on the driver's seat of a single-deck bus at the Official opening ceremony of Go-Ahead Singapore's Loyang Bus Depot on June 19, 2016.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
 Bus enthusiasts on a single-deck bus at the Official opening ceremony of Go-Ahead Singapore's Loyang Bus Depot on June 19, 2016.
Bus enthusiasts on a single-deck bus at the Official opening ceremony of Go-Ahead Singapore's Loyang Bus Depot on June 19, 2016.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
One-year-old Irvin Ong at the wheel of a bus at the Official opening ceremony of Go-Ahead Singapore's Loyang Bus Depot on June 19, 2016.
One-year-old Irvin Ong at the wheel of a bus at the Official opening ceremony of Go-Ahead Singapore's Loyang Bus Depot on June 19, 2016.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
Five-year-old Lacus Lim at the wheel of a bus as his mother Choe Foo takes his photo, at the Official opening ceremony of Go-Ahead Singapore's Loyang Bus Depot on June 19, 2016.
Five-year-old Lacus Lim at the wheel of a bus as his mother Choe Foo takes his photo, at the Official opening ceremony of Go-Ahead Singapore's Loyang Bus Depot on June 19, 2016.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

SINGAPORE - Singapore's Loyang Bus Depot was launched on Sunday (June 19) by Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC Zainal Sapari and Go-Ahead Group chief executive David Brown, marking a major milestone for the company here.

The London-based public transport provider - Singapore's fourth public bus operator - will begin plying 25 routes in Loyang and the surrounding areas from the third quarter of this year.

It is wooing both novice and veteran bus drivers with its competitive salaries, and has said it is likely to bid for an additional package of routes in Seletar.

The 8.3ha depot, with a capacity for about 500 buses, was built by the Land Transport Authority last year at a cost of $61.2 million.

The launch was part of a day-long carnival that drew almost 3,000 people to the depot with bus exhibits, photo opportunities and even a bus wash experience.