North South MRT line

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North South line
Two C151B trains at Woodlands, which is one of the most crowded stations of the line.
Native nameLaluan MRT Utara Selatan
வடக்கு தெற்கு எம்ஆர்டி வழி
Under planning (Brickland and Sungei Kadut)
OwnerLand Transport Authority
TerminiJurong East
Marina South Pier
Stations27 (Operational)
2 (Under planning)
TypeRapid transit
SystemMass Rapid Transit (Singapore)
Operator(s)SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)
Ulu Pandan
Rolling stockC151
Opened7 November 1987; 36 years ago (1987-11-07)
Line length45 km (28 mi)
CharacterAbove ground (Jurong East - Ang Mo Kio)
Surface level (Bishan)
Underground (Braddell - Marina South Pier)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification750 V DC Third rail
Operating speedlimit of 80 km/h (50 mph)
Route map

The North South MRT line is the first Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line in Singapore to be built. It is 45 km long with 27 stations, and it is being operated by SMRT Trains. It would usually take one hour to travel from one end of the MRT line to the other. This line is coloured red on the MRT Rail map.

This line joins the Central area of Singapore to the Northern and Southern areas of Singapore. To transfer to the East West MRT line, a commuter can transfer at Jurong East, Raffles Place or City Hall. Transferring to the North East MRT Line is done at Dhoby Ghaut with a linkway. Bishan MRT Station, Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station and Marina Bay MRT Station can transfer a commuter to the Circle MRT Line. Transfer to the Downtown line is provided at Newton MRT Station.

History[change | change source]

Main route[change | change source]

The first section of the north south line opened on 7 November 1987 between Toa Payoh and Yio Chu Kang. Afterwards, the section to Outram Park (now on the East West MRT line) opened. Following that, the rest of the line opened stage by stage.

Woodlands Extension[change | change source]

The Woodlands Extension was planned to close the gap between Yishun and Choa Chu Kang. It consists of 6 stations, and opened on 10 February 1996.

Marina South Pier extension (NSLe)[change | change source]

A 1-kilometre extension of the line to Marina South Pier MRT Station was opened in 2014.

Timeline of stations opened[change | change source]

Major Incidents[change | change source]

2011[change | change source]

2015[change | change source]

2017[change | change source]

On 7 October, services on the line was stopped between Ang Mo Kio and Marina South Pier around 6pm, after the tunnels between Bishan and Braddell flooded following heavy rain, and a fire was seen near Raffles Place. Services between Newton and Marina South Pier was resumed at around 9.30pm but the section between Newton and Ang Mo Kio remained closed overnight. It opened at 2pm the following day after staff and the SCDF worked overnight to clear the water from the tunnel. SMRT reported that a faulty water pump was the cause of the flooding. This was the worst train incident in SMRT's history.

Stations[change | change source]

North–South Line
Yio Chu Kang
Ang Mo Kio
Sungei Kadut
(future station)
Yew Tee
Toa Payoh
 JS1  NS4 
Choa Chu Kang
← to Bukit Panjang
to Expo
Choa Chu Kang Avenue 1
(future station)
Bukit Gombak
← to HarbourFront
to Punggol
Bukit Batok
Dhoby Ghaut
 NS24  CC1 
City Hall
 JE5  EW24  NS1 
Jurong East
Raffles Place
Marina Bay
 NS27  CE2 
Marina South Pier
A view of the station doors of the Raffles Place MRT Station
Station Number Station Name Interchange/Notes
 NS1  EW24  JE5  Jurong East Cross-platform interchange with the East West Line

Interchange with the Jurong Region Line (2027)

 NS2  Bukit Batok  
 NS3  Bukit Gombak  
 NS3A  Brickland Opening in mid-2030s[1]
 NS4  JS1  BP1  Choa Chu Kang Interchange with the Bukit Panjang LRT and the Jurong Region Line (2026)
 NS5  Yew Tee  
 NS6  DT  Sungei Kadut Interchange with the Downtown Line

Opening in mid-2030s[1]

 NS7  Kranji  
 NS8  Marsiling  
 NS9  TE2  Woodlands Interchange with the Thomson-East Coast Line (2020)
 NS10  Admiralty  
 NS11  Sembawang  
 NS12  Canberra Station being built on top of already opened line, opened on 2 November 2019[2]
 NS13  Yishun  
 NS14  Khatib  
 NS15  Yio Chu Kang  
 NS16  CR11  Ang Mo Kio Interchange with the Cross Island Line (2029)
 NS17  CC15  Bishan Interchange with the Circle Line
 NS18  Braddell  
 NS19  Toa Payoh  
 NS20  Novena  
 NS21  DT11  Newton Interchange with the Downtown Line
 NS22  TE14  Orchard Interchange with the Thomson-East Coast Line (2022)
 NS23  Somerset  
 NS24  NE6  CC1  Dhoby Ghaut Interchange with the North East Line and Circle Line
 NS25  EW13  City Hall Cross-platform interchange with the East West Line
 NS26  EW14  Raffles Place Cross-platform interchange with the East West Line
 NS27  CE2  TE20  Marina Bay Interchange with the Circle Line extension and the Thomson-East Coast Line (2022)
 NS28  Marina South Pier

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "At a glance: Key updates to MRT, bus network and more for 2040 master plan". TODAYonline. 25 May 2019.
  2. "Canberra station on North-South line to open on Nov 2". Retrieved 2018-05-20.