Hougang MRT station

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 NE14 
Hougang
后港
ஹவ்காங்
Hougang
Rapid transit
NE14 Hougang MRT Exit A at Hougang Bus Interchange.jpg
Exit A of Hougang MRT station at Hougang Bus Interchange.
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; 15 years ago (2003-06-20)
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 (MRT) station on the North East Line in Hougang, Singapore.

Located within the Hougang Town Centre, the station is directly connected to Hougang Central Bus Interchange.

Based on preliminary plan, Hougang station is slated to become an interchange with the future Cross Island line.[1]

History[edit]

Concourse of Hougang MRT station.
Platfrom level of the station.

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.

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 July 7 and August 12 – 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 and was later sentenced to 3​12 years in jail.[2]

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

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.[3]

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.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.lta.gov.sg/content/ltaweb/en/public-transport/projects/cross-island-line.html
  2. ^ "Jobless man jailed for masterminding a series of bomb hoaxes". Channel NewsAsia. 18 October 2005.
  3. ^ "Temporary closure of Hougang MRT station due to unattended bag; man arrested". Channel NewsAsia. 2 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Man who left bag unattended at Hougang MRT station fined". Channel NewsAsia. 9 June 2017.

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