Bishan MRT Station

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 NS17  CC15 
Bishan MRT Station
碧山地铁站
பீஷான்
Stesen MRT Bishan
Rapid transit
Bishan MRT Station Platform.jpg
Circle Line (Dhoby Ghaut-bound) platform of Bishan MRT station.
Station statistics
Address 200 Bishan Road
17 Bishan Place
Singapore 579827 / 579842
Coordinates 1°21′04″N 103°50′54″E / 1.351236°N 103.848456°E / 1.351236; 103.848456
Line(s)
Connections Bus, Taxi
Structure type Underground
Levels 4
Platforms Separated Side (North South Line)
Island (Circle Line)
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened 7 November 1987 (North South Line)
28 May 2009 (Circle Line)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code  NS17  CC15 
Operator SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)
Services
Preceding station   Mass Rapid Transit   Following station
towards Jurong East
North South Line
towards Dhoby Ghaut
Circle Line
towards HarbourFront
Location
Concourse level of Bishan Station

Bishan MRT Station (NS17/CC15) is a Singapore Mass Rapid Transit interchange station along the North South Line and the Circle Line that serves the Bishan community, especially that of Bishan East. The station is located in Central Singapore, along Bishan Road, close to the town centre of Bishan. On the North South Line, some trains from Bishan Depot arrive at platform B of the station to travel southbound towards Marina Bay for evening peak period services. An underpass allows commuters to transfer from one line to the other. Bishan followed the same town identical name, where prior to the renaming in 1985, it was known as "Kampong San Teng" or "San Teng", just before the exhumation of the cemetery began in 1977 and completed in 1983. The kampong was demolished in 1985 to make way for the second phase of Bishan New Town. There was a delay of the exhumation of Kampong San Teng which is supposed to be for Ang Mo Kio Neighbourhood 8 and 9 in 1977.

Art in Transit[edit]

The Circle Line section of this station displays the Art in Transit artwork Move!. There are three murals created by Soh Ee Shaun depicting landmarks that residents of the Bishan area identify with.

Cultural impact[edit]

Being located on the site of the Peck San Theng cemetery, the station is rumoured to be haunted, and has been the subject of several Singaporean urban legends, as well as the site for alleged ghost encounters. The newspaper The Sunday Times ran an article debunking an urban legend associated with the station, along with an article featuring an account by a passenger who claimed that, while riding on a train passing through the station one morning in the early 1990s, she was groped by several unseen hands before passing out. She was later revived by fellow passengers. There are also other alleged encounters of ghosts and other entities by several passengers in and around the station, such as headless figures, footsteps coming from the roof of the train, and phantom passengers who do not cast reflections on the train windows.

Circle Line linkage and changes to the station[edit]

Major alterations were performed on the original North South Line station to be linked to the Circle Line. A new air-conditioned southbound platform to serve the southbound trains (heading towards Marina Bay) was officially opened by the then Minister for Transport, Mr Raymond Lim on 27 July 2008, a few days before National Day. The original platform is now dedicated to only northbound train services (heading towards Jurong East). A wall now separate the southbound tracks and the northbound platform, and southbound train doors no longer open on the right towards the old platform. The northbound platform was also upgraded with air conditioning and full height platform screen doors where train doors open on the right, and was officially completed on 22 May 2009. It was formerly the only underground MRT station without the air-conditioning and Full-Height Platform Screen Doors between 1987 and 2008. Now, it has since got its North South Line platforms separated to make space for the linkage to Circle line.

North South Line platform at Bishan MRT station between 1987 and 2008, before Platform Screen Doors were installed.

Noise barriers[edit]

Due to the close proximity of a nearby tunnel portal to residential apartment blocks, the construction of a two-metre tall barriers stretching 180 metres in length started in September and completed by second quarter of 2012. It will be insulated with noise absorptive materials such as rock wool.[1]

Station layout[edit]

L1 Street Level Junction 8, 7-Eleven, Citibank, Bishan Bus Interchange
NSL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control, Transitlink Counter
B1 Platform A North South Line towards  NS1  EW24  Jurong East via  NS16  Ang Mo Kio (→)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Platform B North South Line towards  NS28  Marina South Pier via  NS18  Braddell (←)
Side platform, doors will open on the left
B2 Transfer Linkway Escalators to both North South Line platforms, lift to North South Line southbound platform and ticket concourse
CCL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control, Transitlink Counter
B3 Platform A Circle Line towards  CC29  NE1  HarbourFront via  CC16  Marymount (→)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform B Circle Line towards  CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut via  CC14  Lorong Chuan (←)

Exits[edit]

  • A to C : Junction 8, Bishan Toa Payoh TC, Bishan Library, Bishan NPP, CPF Bishan Bldg, Raffles Institution, Bishan CC
  • D : MOE Language Ctr (Bishan), Bishan Swimming Cplx, Kuo Chuan Presby Pri Sch, Bishan Sports Hall/Stadium, Kuo Chuan Presby Sec Sch
  • E : Junction 8

Transport connections[edit]

Rail[edit]

Destination First Train Last Train
Mon – Fri Sat Sunday &
Public Holiday
Daily
North South Line
to NS1 Jurong East 6.08am 6.22am 6.50am 11.36pm
to NS28 Marina South Pier 5.37am 5.37am 6.02am 11.39pm
to NS19 Toa Payoh 12.15am
to NS7 Kranji 12.28am
Circle Line
to CC1 Dhoby Ghaut 5.40am 5.40am 6.07am 11.35pm
to CC29 HarbourFront 5.23am 5.23am 5.47am 11.18pm
to CC26 Pasir Panjang 11.48pm
to CC23 one-north 12.04am
to CC7 Mountbatten 12.12am
to CC17 Caldecott 12.32am
to CC12 Bartley 12.36am

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LTA to study noise levels along elevated MRT tracks". Channel NewsAsia. 2011-06-14. 

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