Boon Lay MRT station
Platform level of Boon Lay MRT station, as taken in January 2014 around 6:45 am.
|Location||301 Boon Lay Way|
|Operated by||SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)|
|Connections||Boon Lay Bus Interchange, Taxi|
|Parking||Yes (Jurong Point Shopping Mall)|
|Opened||6 July 1990|
|Opening||2026(Jurong Region line)|
|Previous names||Jurong West|
Boon Lay MRT station (EW27/JS8) is an above-ground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station on the East West Line in Jurong West, Singapore. Located in Jurong West Central, Boon Lay station is one of the three stations that serve Jurong West New Town; the other two are Lakeside MRT station and Pioneer MRT station. Together with Boon Lay Bus Interchange and Jurong Point Shopping Mall, they form the Boon Lay Integrated Public Transport Hub.
Construction began on 6 January 1987 and trackwork was completed on October 1989. The station opened on 6 July 1990 as the western terminus of the East West Line, and was the last station to be opened on the original MRT network. Initially, the station had the station code 'W12', which was later changed to 'EW27' on 31 July 2001 when the MRT network map was revamped by the then Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Mr Yeo Cheow Tong. The original name was "Jurong West" before the construction began and was renamed to Boon Lay.
As Boon Lay and Jurong West Neighbourhoods 7 and 8 were developed later, the station had deferred their need to construct the station until 6 January 1987. The last MRT viaduct to be constructed was from Lakeside to Boon Lay on 11 August 1989.
The station was built to serve residents living in the then-undeveloped Jurong West New Town and people working in the then mostly-undeveloped Tuas and Jurong Industrial Estate, since it was the only MRT station serving these areas, covering the areas westwards from Boon Lay. As these areas developed, passenger volume increased, leading to much congestion at this station during peak hours.
However, the situation was improved when the Boon Lay MRT extension commenced service on 28 February 2009 with the opening of Pioneer and Joo Koon. With Pioneer serving the western portion of Jurong West New Town and Pioneer Sector, and Joo Koon MRT station serving Joo Koon, Boon Lay now serves only the eastern portion of Jurong West New Town and one less industrial area and ceased to be the western terminal of the East West Line.
As with most of the above-ground stations originally built along the East West line, it was built without platform screen doors to prevent commuters from falling onto the train tracks. After several successful tests at Jurong East, Yishun and Pasir Ris, half-height screen doors were installed and commenced operations on 30 June 2011. The station installed with high-volume low-speed fans and commenced operations on 11 December 2012.
The condition was further improved when the Tuas West Extension opened on 18 June 2017, relieving more load off the station for places to Gul Circle, Tuas and Tuas View. It will be the southern terminus of the Main Branch of the Jurong Region Line from 2026 to 2028 before Jurong Pier MRT station opens.
Similar to those at train stations in South Korea, an interactive media was launched on 7 December 2011 by SMRT in partnership with Cold Storage. Using a camera phone with a QR code reader installed, one can purchase the items displayed on the media by flashing their camera phones on the items and the items would be delivered to them upon payment through the various credit cards.
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- Sim, Fann (9 May 2018). "Jurong Region Line, Singapore's 7th MRT line, to open in phases from 2026". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
- "Residents and students welcome Jurong Region Line but find it confusing". TODAYonline. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
- "Jurong Region Line | Projects | Public Transport | Land Transport Authority". www.lta.gov.sg. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
- Wong, Siew Ying (26 January 2008). "Above-ground MRT stations to have platform screen doors by 2012". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
- "Shop for turkey at train stations". Retrieved 12 May 2018.
- Virtual shopping at some SMRT train stations from Dec 7 Archived 7 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Boon Lay MRT station.|
- Official website
- LTA – Other Rail Projects
- LTA – New Releases – Expanding The Rail Network: LTA To Build Boon Lay MRT Extension
- omy – 新闻 News – 红衣队铁轨上追捕玩命青年 (Chinese news article. Literally means "omy – News – Red Man Team on tracks chasing a teen who played his life." where SMRT staffs has a uniform of Red T-shirt.)