Hougang MRT station
|Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station|
Platform level of Hougang MRT station
|Location||80 Hougang Central|
Singapore 538758 (NEL)
|Operated by||SBS Transit Ltd (ComfortDelGro Corporation) (North East line)|
|Platforms||2 (1 island platform)|
|Tracks||2 (4 when Cross Island line is built)|
|Parking||Yes (Hougang Mall)|
|Opened||20 June 2003 (North East line) |
2029 (Cross Island line)
Hougang MRT station is an underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station on the North East line (NEL) in the Hougang planning area in Singapore. Located within the Hougang Town Centre, the station is directly connected to Hougang Central Bus Interchange and sits underneath that bus interchange.
Opened on 20 June 2003 as part of the NEL, this station will become an interchange station along the Cross Island line (CRL) when stage 1 opens in 2029.
On 12 August 2005, train services were disrupted for hours as Liu Tze Yuen created a bomb treat at the station which turns out to be false. He was also accused of putting boxes in public buses on 7 July and 12 August – the latter on the same day he was accused of carrying out the hoax at Hougang. Liu allegedly intended the passengers on the two buses and the train station to believe that the packages contained explosive devices; he was later sentenced to 31⁄2 years in jail.
On 17 June 2015, train services between Farrer Park and Hougang station were delayed due to a track fault.
On 2 April 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 subsequently confirmed the contents of the unattended bag were "non-dangerous". Train services resumed at 4.03 pm 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 man, construction worker Wang Jianpo, was later fined S$1000 on 9 June 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 27 February 2020, a power fault along the NEL resulted in service disruptions to the Punggol, Sengkang and Buangkok stations. At 5.36 am, a shuttle train service was provided which operated on a single platform between the Punggol and Buangkok stations. In order to facilitate maintenance functions, the power source to the tracks between the Hougang and Punggol stations was switched off. Additionally, free regular and bridging bus services have been provided to serve these stations. The repair works were completed by 11.49 am and usual service along the entire NEL resumed at 12.14 pm. Investigations later revealed that a broken contact wire affected the power source to trains launching from Sengkang Depot, causing the service disruptions.
Cross Island Line Interchange
On 25 January 2019, LTA announced that Hougang station would be part of the proposed Cross Island line (CRL). The station will be constructed as part of Phase 1, consisting of 12 stations between Aviation Park (future terminus will be Changi Airport Terminal 5) and Bright Hill, and is expected to be completed in 2029.
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- "Man who left bag unattended at Hougang MRT station fined". Channel NewsAsia. 9 June 2017.
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- "Power fault disrupts train service along North-East Line during morning rush hour". CNA. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
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- "First phase of Cross Island Line to open by 2029 with 12 stations - CNA". 5 March 2020. Archived from the original on 5 March 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2020.