Bishan MRT Station
Circle Line (Dhoby Ghaut-bound) platform of Bishan MRT station.
|Location||200 Bishan Road
17 Bishan Place
Singapore 579827 / 579842
|Operated by||SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)|
|Platforms||Island (North South Line 1987 - 2008)
Separated Side (North South Line 2009 - present)
Island (Circle Line)
|Structure type||Sub-Surface (North South Line)
Underground (Circle Line)
|Opened||7 November 1987 (North South Line)
28 May 2009 (Circle Line)
|Previous names||San Teng MRT Station|
Bishan MRT Station (NS17/CC15) is a Mass Rapid Transit interchange station along the North South Line and the Circle Line in Bishan, Singapore. The station is located along Bishan Road, at 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 South Pier for evening peak period services. An underpass allows commuters to transfer from one line to the other.
The contract to build San Teng MRT station was awarded to a Belgian and Singaporean joint venture on 16 December 1983. This SGD$32,882,507 contract, the first involving cut and cover construction awarded by the MRT Corporation, also includes 3.2 kilometres of tunnels between San Teng MRT station and Braddell MRT Station.
On 21 September 1984, the MRT Corporation renamed San Teng station to Bishan station to reflect the name of the new housing estate that was being built around this MRT station.
Art in Transit
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.
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. A 1988 article in The New Paper mentioned rumoured sightings of headless ghosts at the station.
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.
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 South Pier) 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 separates 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 MRT station on the network that was sub-surface between 1987 and 2008, and has since got its North South Line platforms separated to make space for the linkage to Circle line.
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 2011 and was completed by the second quarter of 2012. It is insulated with noise absorptive materials such as rock wool.
|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 via Jurong East → Ang Mo Kio|
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Platform B||North South Line towards via Marina South Pier ← 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 via HarbourFront → Marymount|
|Island platform, doors will open on the right|
|Platform B||Circle Line towards via Dhoby Ghaut ← Lorong Chuan
Circle Line towards via Marina Bay ← (peak hour only) Lorong Chuan
- A to C : Junction 8, Bishan-Toa Payoh Town Council, 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
|Destination||First Train||Last Train|
|Mon – Fri||Sat||Sunday &
|North South Line|
|to NS1 Jurong East||6.08am||6.22am||6.47am||12.12am|
|to NS28 Marina South Pier||5.37am||5.37am||6.10am||11.37pm|
|to NS27 Marina Bay||–||–||–||11.39pm|
|to NS19 Toa Payoh||–||–||–||12.15am|
|to NS7 Kranji||–||–||–||12.28am|
|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|
- "Six stations are renamed and others moved". The Straits Times. 21 September 1984. p. 10.
- "Two MRT contracts worth $96m awarded". The Straits Times. Singapore. 16 December 1983.
- Abdul Hadhi (17 October 1988). "Where are the ghosts?". The New Paper. p. 3. Retrieved 13 May 2016 – via NewspaperSG.
- Mun San, Mak (17 April 2005). "Is Bishan MRT 'unclean'?". The Straits Times. p. 4. Retrieved 14 May 2016 – via NewspaperSG.
- "LTA to study noise levels along elevated MRT tracks". Channel NewsAsia. 2011-06-14.