Hougang MRT station
Platform level of Hougang MRT station before its major refurbishment in 2017
|Location||80 Hougang Central|
|Operated by||SBS Transit (ComfortDelGro)|
|Platforms||2 (1 island platform)|
|Structure type||Underground (NEL and CRL)|
|Parking||Yes (Hougang Mall)|
|Opened||20 June 2003 (North East Line) |
2029 (Cross Island Line)
Hougang MRT station (NE14/CR8) is an underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station on the North East Line and Cross Island Line in the Hougang planning area in Singapore. Located within the Hougang Town Centre, the station is directly connected to Hougang Central Bus Interchange.
This station will become an interchange station along the Cross Island Line when the Cross Island line stage 1 opens in 2029.
During this station's construction in 2000, residents in Hougang were involved in the 'Art in Transit' showcase of this station. The station has handprints of residents in Hougang, from infants to the elderly.
This is also the only station in the MRT network where the entry/exit of the station is not connected physically with a shelter or an underpass to the mall it serves. Commuters must exit the station to enter Hougang Mall.
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 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 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.
- "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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