Jurong East MRT station
East West Line platform of Jurong East MRT station
|Location||10 Jurong East Street 12|
|Operated by||SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)|
|Connections||Jurong East Bus Interchange, Taxi|
|Parking||Yes (Jem, Westgate)|
|Opened||5 November 1988 (Platforms C (Eastbound), D (Southbound), E (Southbound) & F (Westbound))|
27 May 2011 (Platforms A (Southbound/Peak hour only) & B (Eastbound/Peak hour only)
|Opening||2027(Jurong Region line)|
|Previous names||Jurong, Jurong Town|
Jurong East MRT station (NS1/EW24/JE5) is an above-ground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) interchange station on the North South Line and East West Line in Jurong East, Singapore. It is the terminus for the North South Line. It is located at the heart of the Jurong Lake District, within the vicinity of JCube, Jem, Westgate, IMM, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and Jurong East Bus Interchange.
Currently, it is one of the three MRT interchange stations on the Singapore MRT/LRT network to be fully elevated; the other two being Tanah Merah MRT station and Choa Chu Kang MRT/LRT station. It is currently the only elevated station with a triple island platform. Jurong East station is slated to become an interchange with the Jurong Region Line in 2027.
Jurong East station is one of the busiest MRT stations in western Singapore.
Jurong East MRT station was so named because it is physically located within the Jurong East planning area. The name "Jurong" was taken from Sungei Jurong, and could originally be derived from the Malay word for shark, "jerung"; or the Malay term for gorge, "jurang"; or the Malay word for corner, "penjuru".
Before the station was completed, it was known by its working titles "Jurong" and "Jurong Town". The former was a reference to the geographic region that the station is situated in, while the latter refers to the settlement that was later built in the area.
In 1999, upgrading work was carried out at Jurong East to cater to rising passenger volumes. Six existing openings between the concourse level and platform level were covered to make the platform more spacious. Construction cost $350,000 and took around 6 months to complete.
The Jurong East Modification Project (JEMP) was a key infrastructural upgrading project involving the construction of two new platforms and a new track at Jurong East, allowing two trains along the North South Line to enter and depart the station at the same time. Previously, trains had to take turns to arrive and depart from the station using a shared middle track. The new platforms and track allow for shorter train intervals, reducing waiting times and reducing the crowding in trains.
The station was retrofitted with half-height platform screen doors in 2009 which commenced operations on 18 December 2009. It was the third above-ground station to have half-height platform screen doors installed and in operation. Platform screen doors were also installed for the new platforms from the JEMP and went into operation on 27 May 2011.
Originally projected to be opened in 2012, then Minister for Transport, Mr Raymond Lim, announced on 12 February 2009 that the date was pushed forward by a year, to 2011. Construction started in 2009 and was completed and handed to the operator at around the first quarter of 2011, with the new platforms and track being tested since then, before the announcement on 16 May 2011 about its operation date on 27 May 2011.
To connect the new train tracks to the existing tracks, train services between Joo Koon and Clementi were halted on 4 & 5 September 2010 (affected substation is Chinese Garden, Ulu Pandan and possibly Dover), followed by train services between Jurong East and Bukit Gombak on 18 & 19 September 2010 (affected substation is Bukit Gombak). SMRT deployed high-frequency bus bridging services across the affected stretches -
- Service A: Joo Koon to Lakeside (operates on 4 and 5 September 2010)
- Service B: Clementi to Jurong East (operates on 4 and 5 September 2010)
- Service C: Jurong East to Bukit Gombak (operates on 18 and 19 September 2010)
During the initial operation period, the new platforms and track were only operated on weekdays except public holidays, during the morning peak hour period, from 7:00 am to 9:00 am, as there were only five new C151A trains ready for revenue service. Evening peak hour operation from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on weekdays started from 27 December 2011 while the morning peak hour period was extended to end an hour later at 10:00 am after the next batch of trains became ready for revenue service.
Noise barriers (from PIE to Block 266 Jurong East Avenue 1) and privacy screens (from Block 266 Jurong East Avenue 1 to Boon Lay Way and Block 108 Jurong East Street 13 to Jurong Town Hall Road) were also installed to reduce the amount of noise generated towards residential areas, between January 2011 and September 2014.
- On 4 February 2005, a 29-year-old man, Mak Hoy Meng went up to an SMRT employee at this station and gave him two handwritten notes that declared there was a bomb at one of the stations. The restaurant supervisor told Yeow Meng Chai that he saw a man drop the notes and even described the fellow in detail, down to the brand of the bag he was carrying. But under questioning by the police, he admitted he had written them himself and there were no bombs. His story came apart when his description differed in later versions. By then, police officers had searched extensively for the man. However, trains were not stopped. On 10 March 2005, he pleaded guilty under the United Nations (Anti-Terrorism Measures) Regulations to trying to hoax Yeow about a bomb on 4 February 2005 at 8 pm and was jailed for 21⁄2years. He admitted that at the time he tried to fool Yeow, he was disgruntled with the police and society in general, because he had been charged with theft and was out on bail. The theft charge – stealing $50 from a restaurant was considered during sentencing.
- A 62-year-old woman was found injured at the station at about 2:35 pm on 24 November 2011. The woman was taken to the National University Hospital where she subsequently died from her injuries. Police subsequently arrested a 55-year-old man for the alleged murder the following day.
In popular culture
The station appeared as one of the four MRT stations in the original Singapore edition of the board game Monopoly.
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