Choa Chu Kang MRT/LRT station

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 NS4  JS1  BP1 
Choa Chu Kang
蔡厝港
சுவா சூ காங்
Choa Chu Kang
Rapid transit / Light rail
NS4 BP1 Choa Chu Kang.jpg
North South line platform of Choa Chu Kang station, with the BPLRT platform in the background.
Location10 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4
Singapore 689810 (MRT)
15 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4
Singapore 689813 (LRT)
Coordinates1°23′06″N 103°44′40″E / 1.385092°N 103.744322°E / 1.385092; 103.744322
Operated bySMRT Light Rail (SMRT Corporation) (Bukit Panjang LRT)
SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation) (North South line)
Line(s)     North South line

     Jurong Region line

     Bukit Panjang LRT
Platforms6 (2 island platforms, 2 side platforms)
Tracks4 (2 MRT, 2 LRT)
ConnectionsChoa Chu Kang Bus Interchange, Taxi
Construction
Structure typeElevated
Platform levels2
ParkingYes (Lot One)
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station code NS4  JS1  BP1 
History
Opened10 March 1990; 29 years ago (1990-03-10) (North South Line)
6 November 1999; 20 years ago (1999-11-06) (Bukit Panjang LRT platforms 1 & 2)
27 December 2016; 2 years ago (2016-12-27) (Bukit Panjang LRT platforms 3 & 4)
Opening2026; 7 years' time (2026) (Jurong Region line)
ElectrifiedYes
Services
Previous station   Mass Rapid Transit   Next station
towards Jurong East
North South line
towards Jurong East
North South line
Future service
One-way operation
Jurong Region line
North Service
Future Service
Terminus
TerminusJurong Region line
South Service
Future Service
Light Rail Transit
TerminusBukit Panjang LRT
A
toward Choa Chu Kang via Senja (clockwise / outer)
Bukit Panjang LRT
B
toward Choa Chu Kang via Petir (anticlockwise / inner)
Location

Choa Chu Kang MRT/LRT Station (NS4/JS1/BP1) is an MRT station in Singapore. It is the interchange station between the North South MRT Line and Bukit Panjang LRT Line. It is located in Choa Chu Kang.

The station is the first interchange between the MRT and the LRT.

History[change | change source]

The MRT station opened on 10 March 1990 and was the terminus of the Branch Line[1]. Construction began on 15 February 1986. With the opening of the North South Line Woodlands Extension on 10 February 1996, the branch line became part of the North South Line. It was recoded from B3 to N21 in 1996. The LRT station opened on 6 November 1999, on the opening day of the Bukit Panjang LRT line[2][3]. It was again, recoded from N21 and A1 to the present BP1 and NS4 in 2001.

After a 2008 accident, automatic platform gates were installed for safety on 26 August 2011 on the North South Line platforms and started operating on 21 October 2011. HVLS fans in the MRT platform started operating on 10 October 2012. The LRT platform also features fans as of 27 September 2015.

On 31 October 2012, LTA announced that Choa Chu Kang LRT Station will have two more platforms, specifically for commuters to exit the trains to allow the existing platform in the centre to have more space for passengers getting on. There will also be additional fare gates and a new covered linkway from the LRT station to Lot One. These new additions which also include widening the staircase between the MRT and the LRT stations will be completed by 2016. New Exit E was opened at the same time, to Lot One Shoppers Mall but despite that, there is no lift access, only stairs.[4] The two newly constructed platforms at the LRT station began operations on 27 December 2016.[5] The two new side platforms, Platforms 3 and 4, lack lift access so passengers who need to take the lift when exiting at Choa Chu Kang LRT Station have to wait for the doors to open to the island platform (Platforms 1 and 2), where lift access is available. Stickers to remind passengers to exit at Platforms 1 or 2 if they need a lift to exit are placed on all the LRT doors.

In 2016, Platforms 1 and 2 of the LRT had Half-Height Platform Barriers installed. Choa Chu Kang (and Bukit Panjang) was the first to install platform gates due to the high commuter traffic at this station. Automatic platform gates were installed at Platforms 3 and 4 during construction.

References[change | change source]

  1. "MRT to Bt Batok, Bt Gombak and Choa Chu Kang on Mar 10". The Straits Times. 14 February 1990. p. 3.
  2. "Bukit Panjang LRT to begin operating on Nov 6". The Straits Times. 26 July 1999. p. 3.
  3. "Bukit Panjang LRT right on track". The Straits Times. 5 June 1999. p. 48.
  4. "Two-car train system for Sengkang & Punggol LRT". Channel NewsAsia. 2012-10-31.
  5. "Two New Platforms at Choa Chu Kang LRT Station Completed". Land Transport Authority. 23 December 2016.