Hougang MRT Station

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 NE14 
Hougang
后港
ஹவ்காங்
Hougang
Rapid transit
Ne14hougang.jpg
Platform of Hougang MRT station.
Location 80 Hougang Central
Singapore 538758
Coordinates 1°22′17″N 103°53′32″E / 1.371292°N 103.892161°E / 1.371292; 103.892161
Operated by SBS Transit (ComfortDelGro)
Line(s)
Platforms Island
Tracks 2
Connections Bus, Taxi
Construction
Structure type Underground
Platform levels 2
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code  NE14 
History
Opened 20 June 2003
Electrified Yes
Services
Preceding station   Mass Rapid Transit   Following station
towards HarbourFront
North East Line
towards Punggol
Location

Hougang MRT Station (NE14) is an underground Mass Rapid Transit station on the North East Line in Hougang, Singapore.

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.

Before the station opened, the Singapore Civil Defence Force conducted the second ever Shelter Open House on 15–16 February 2003, together with Chinatown, Farrer Park and Serangoon stations.

History[edit]

On 17 June 2015, train services between Farrer Park and Hougang station were delayed due to a track fault.

Bomb hoaxes[edit]

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 312 years in jail.[1]

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.[2]

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. [3]

Possible interchanges[edit]

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.

Station layout[edit]

L1 Street Level Hougang Central Bus Interchange, Hougang Mall
B1 Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Passenger Service Centre
B2 Platform A North East Line MRT Singapore Destination 6.png towards  NE1  CC29  HarbourFront via  NE13  Kovan
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform B North East Line MRT Singapore Destination 7.png towards  NE17  PTC  Punggol via  NE15  Buangkok

Exits[edit]

  • A: Hougang Central Bus Interchange
  • B: Hougang Mall
  • C: Hougang Avenue 10

Transport connections[edit]

Rail[edit]

Destination First Train Last Train
Mon – Fri Sat Sunday &
Public Holiday
Daily
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

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