North South MRT line
North South line
|Native name||Laluan MRT Utara Selatan|
வடக்கு தெற்கு எம்ஆர்டி வழி
|System||Mass Rapid Transit (Singapore)|
Under construction (Canberra)
Under planning (Brickland and Sungei Kadut)
Marina South Pier
1 (Being built)
2 (Under planning)
|Opened||7 November 1987|
|Owner||Land Transport Authority|
|Operator(s)||SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)|
|Character||Above ground (Jurong East - Ang Mo Kio)|
Surface level (Bishan)
Underground (Braddell - Marina South Pier)
|Line length||45 km (28 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Electrification||750 V DC Third rail|
|Operating speed||limit of 80 km/h (50 mph)|
The North South MRT line is the first Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line in Singapore to be built. It is 45 km long with 26 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]
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.
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]
|Station Number||Station Name||Interchange/Notes|
|Jurong East||Cross-platform interchange with the East West Line
Interchange with the Jurong Region Line (2027)
|Brickland||Opening in mid-2030s|
|Choa Chu Kang||Interchange with the Bukit Panjang LRT and the Jurong Region Line (2026)|
|Sungei Kadut||Interchange with the Downtown Line
Opening in mid-2030s
|Woodlands||Interchange with the Thomson-East Coast Line (2019)|
|Canberra||Station being built on top of already opened line, opening on 2 November 2019|
|Yio Chu Kang|
|Ang Mo Kio||Interchange with the Cross Island Line (2029)|
|Bishan||Interchange with the Circle Line|
|Newton||Interchange with the Downtown Line|
|Orchard||Interchange with the Thomson-East Coast Line (2021)|
|Dhoby Ghaut||Interchange with the North East Line and Circle Line|
|City Hall||Cross-platform interchange with the East West Line|
|Raffles Place||Cross-platform interchange with the East West Line|
|Marina Bay||Interchange with the Circle Line extension and the Thomson-East Coast Line (2021)|
|Marina South Pier|
References[change | change source]
- "At a glance: Key updates to MRT, bus network and more for 2040 master plan". TODAYonline. 25 May 2019.
- "Canberra station on North-South line to open on Nov 2". www.straitstimes.com. Retrieved 2018-05-20.