Hougang MRT Station
Platform of Hougang MRT station.
|Location||80 Hougang Central
|Operated by||SBS Transit (ComfortDelGro)|
|Opened||20 June 2003|
This station has distinctive artwork titled Hands Up for Hougang by Seck Yok Ying, featuring handprints of 3000 people, from babies to grandmothers, foreign workers to community leaders.
On 17 June 2015, train services between Farrer Park and Hougang station were delayed due to a track fault.
Liu Tze Yuen, 42, a Chinese man was behind the Hougang bomb hoax which disrupted train services for hours on August 12, 2005. He was also accused of putting boxes in public buses on July 7 and August 12 – the latter on the same day he was accused of carrying out the hoax at Hougang.
On July 7, he was said to have placed a white package in a bus that he was travelling in. He did it at about noon on Service 151 as he was travelling along Hougang Avenue 3. Tacked on the package was a note which said: 'If you see it, please don't touch and leave this bus.'
More than a month later, on August 12, he allegedly left another package wrapped heavily with scotch tape on Service 143 while he was travelling along Eu Tong Sen Street in Chinatown. He was said to have done it at about 1:30 pm – an hour after he allegedly left a similar package at Hougang. The package was found to have only empty food cans and empty packets of instant noodles.
Liu allegedly intended the passengers on the two buses and the train station to believe that the packages contained explosive devices and was later sentenced to 3 1⁄2 years in jail.
On April 2 2017, an unattended bag caused a temporary shutdown of the station. At 2.55 pm, SBS Transit announced that all trains will skip Hougang station due to a "security incident". Police who were called in subsequently confirmed the contents of the unattended bag were "non-dangerous". Train services resumed at 4.03pm after police gave the all-clear. A 39-year-old man was arrested for causing public nuisance after preliminary investigations show he intentionally left the bag inside the station while running an errand.
The 39-year old man, construction worker Wang Jianpo was fined S$1000 on 9 June 2017 for “causing annoyance to the public”. Deputy public prosecutor Daphne Lim said that his “grossly inconsiderate and thoughtless” act of leaving the blue suitcase unattended at the station platform while he ran an errand affected more than 4,000 commuters including 663 who were evacuated from the station. 
On 17 January 2013, a new railway line was announced. The Cross Island MRT Line is a 50 km rail that stretches between Changi and Jurong. It was reported to pass towns such as Loyang, Pasir Ris, Hougang, Ang Mo Kio, Bukit Timah, West Coast and Clementi along the way. And it will have interchanges with all the current radial lines.
Part of the line will have a branch-out that links Punggol to Pasir Ris.
Hougang is one of the stations to be an interchange with the Cross Island Line.
|L1||Street Level||Hougang Central Bus Interchange, Hougang Mall|
|B1||Concourse||Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Passenger Service Centre|
|B2||Platform A||North East Line towards via HarbourFront → Kovan|
|Island platform, doors will open on the right|
|Platform B||North East Line towards via Punggol ← Buangkok|
- A: Hougang Central Bus Interchange
- B: Hougang Mall
- C: Hougang Avenue 10
|Destination||First Train||Last Train|
|Mon – Fri||Sat||Sunday &
|North East Line|
|to NE1 HarbourFront||5.48am||5.49am||6.09am||11.34pm|
|to NE17 Punggol||6.11am||6.26am||6.46am||12.21am|
- "Jobless man jailed for masterminding a series of bomb hoaxes". Channel NewsAsia. 18 October 2005.
- "Temporary closure of Hougang MRT station due to unattended bag; man arrested". Channel NewsAsia. 2 April 2017.
- "Man who left bag unattended at Hougang MRT station fined". Channel NewsAsia. 9 June 2017.
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