Newton MRT station

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Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station
DT11 NS21 Newton Exit B 2.jpg
Exit B of Newton MRT station.
Location49 Scotts Road
Singapore 228234 (NSL)
235 Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 229901 (DTL)
Coordinates1°18′47″N 103°50′18″E / 1.312956°N 103.838442°E / 1.312956; 103.838442Coordinates: 1°18′47″N 103°50′18″E / 1.312956°N 103.838442°E / 1.312956; 103.838442
Operated bySMRT Trains Ltd (SMRT Corporation) (North South line)
SBS Transit DTL (ComfortDelGro Corporation) (Downtown line)
Platforms4 (2 island platforms)
ConnectionsBus, Taxi
Structure typeUnderground
Depth12 metres (39 ft) (North South line platforms)
Platform levels2
ParkingYes (External)
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Opened12 December 1987; 32 years ago (1987-12-12) (North South line)
27 December 2015; 4 years ago (2015-12-27) (Downtown line)
Previous namesNewton Circus[1][2]
27,666 per day[3]
Preceding station   Mass Rapid Transit   Following station
towards Jurong East
North South Line
towards Bukit Panjang
Downtown Line
towards Expo
Singapore MRT/LRT system map
Singapore MRT/LRT system map
Newton station in Singapore

Newton MRT station is an underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) interchange station on the North South (NSL) and Downtown (DTL) lines. It is located in the planning area of Newton, Singapore, at the junction of Scotts Road and Bukit Timah Road, near Newton Circus.

The station opened on 12 December 1987 as part of the NSL line extension to Raffles Place station. It later became an interchange station on the DTL after the opening of DTL Stage 2 on 27 December 2015. The station serves the offices and condominiums around Newton Circus, such as Goldbell Towers. It is also close to the Newton Food Centre.


North South line[edit]

NSL platforms of the station

The contract for the design and construction of Newton Circus station was awarded to a joint venture between French Dregages et Travaux Publics and Sembawang Shipyard at S$43 million (US$31.16 million) in January 1984. The station was one of the stations on the line designated as a Civil Defence Shelter.[4] To facilitate the construction, the segment of Scotts Road from Newton Circus to Orchard Road had to be diverted for about 28 months.[5] In September, the station name was shortened to "Newton", and the site was shifted slightly towards Scotts Road instead of being underneath Newton Circus.[2] On 21 May 1985, Newton station was one of four stations affected by flooding in the area.[6]

During the construction, jet grouting was used to strengthen the soil, which required lane closures along Scotts Road.[7][8][9] This was to address the varying ground conditions around the site.[10] Voids were also discovered during the construction (on 21 October 1985 and 18 May 1986), which led the closure of Scotts Road for safety reasons.[11][12]

The station had an open house on 14 and 15 December 1987,[13] which drew small crowds of about 1,200 people on the first day of its preview.[14] The station opened for service on 12 December when the line extension to Outram Park station was completed.[15][16] An additional bus stop along Scotts Road was added for commuters at Newton station in light of the extension.[17]

Downtown line[edit]

DTL platforms of the station

The DTL station was first announced as part of DTL2 (Downtown line Stage 2) on 15 July 2008.[18] Contract 920 for the design and construction of Newton station and tunnels was awarded to Sembawang Engineers and Constructors Pte Ltd at a contract value of $355.7 million (US$257.75 million) in September 2009, linking the DTL with the NSL at this station. Construction of the station was targeted to complete by 2015.[19] Four 6.35 metres (20.8 ft) diameter EPS machines were used to construct the bored tunnels.[20] The station opened on 27 December 2015 along with the other DTL Stage 2 stations.[21][22]

As part of Exercise Station Guard 2018, on 14 February 2018, security measures were implemented at the DTL station, such as X-ray machines to scan through bags and walk-through metal detectors for screening commuters. The exercise was part of the emergency preparedness ground deployment exercise, to "test and validate our preparedness and responsiveness in the event of a heightened security environment".[23][24][25]


In the morning of 13 February 2013, a fire broke out in an MRT tunnel just metres from the station, which disrupted train services on the NSL for over two hours and affected around 15,000 commuters. AN electric cable 5 metres (16 ft) away from the station short-circuited which caused the fire. The fire was initially put out by staff using a fire extinguisher, but it reignited and caused smoke from the tunnel to travel to the station. The Singapore Civil Defence Force arrived at the station and managed to put out the fire. No one was injured during the incident.[26]

On 7 & 8 October 2017, this station was the temporary terminus for northbound trains from Marina South Pier station during the Bishan tunnel flooding, while services were suspended between Ang Mo Kio and this station. Normal services on the NSL resumed at around 2 pm on 8 October 2017.[27]

Station details[edit]


The NSL station of Newton has the general colour scheme of saffron, which gives the station a distinct character. The NSL station design was simple and generally functional like many early MRT stations built at the time.[28]

The new entrance for the DTL station stands out greatly from the flyover close to the station. The curved roof of the station exit, cladded with a fascia made of aluminium, creates undulating curve lines that reinforce the flow around the entrance. The curve lines and the supporting elements of the exits curves in relation with one another, creating an organic landscape that generates "an energetic visual effect" in the area.[29]


Concourse leading to the DTL platforms

Newton station is an interchange station between the North South and Downtown lines. On the NSL, the station is between the Novena and Orchard stations, while on the DTL it is between the Stevens and Little India stations. The station code is NS21-DT11 as reflected on official maps.[30]

The DTL station is not directly connected to the NSL station and hence commuters have to exit either of the stations to transfer to another line via the 56-metre (184 ft) underpass that was used to connect two existing exits along Scotts Road.[31] The transfer is considered a "valid transfer" of a "journey" as long as it does not exceed 15 minutes.[32][33]


The DTL station features the artwork "Newton" by MessyMsxi as part of the network's Art-in-Transit programme. The artwork draws inspiration from Singapore and Newton heritage, showcasing Singapore's imagined landscape in 2200. It presents an alternative reality of how it may look as Singapore progresses, evolves and develops above ground and underwater.[34][35][36]


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  5. ^ "Diversion at Scotts Rd will last 28 months". Singapore Monitor. 6 July 1984. p. 18.
  6. ^ "MRT worksites hit by floods". The Straits Times. 23 May 1984. p. 18.
  7. ^ "Closed for MRT work". The Straits Times. 21 August 1985.
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  12. ^ "Section of Scotts Road closed again". The Straits Times. 19 May 1986.
  13. ^ "Open days at 9 MRT stations". The Straits Times. 13 November 1987.
  14. ^ "Small crowds at Newton and Novena stations' open day". The Straits Times. 15 November 1987.
  15. ^ "20 stations by next year". The Straits Times. 6 November 1987.
  16. ^ Rav, Dhaliwal (12 December 1987). "Shopping for Xmas the MRT way..." Straits Times. Archived from the original on 24 January 2018. Retrieved 19 September 2017 – via eResources.
  17. ^ "Two new bus-stops for MRT users". The Straits Times. 14 December 1987.
  18. ^ "Downtown Line 2 Station Sites Named". Archived from the original on 27 May 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2009.
  19. ^ "LTA Awards 2 Downtown Line Contracts | Press Room | Land Transport Authority". Archived from the original on 25 April 2016.
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  21. ^ "Thumbs Up For Downtown Line's Earlier Opening". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on 3 April 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  22. ^ "LTA | News Room | News Releases | Downtown Line 2 is Coming to Town….this December". Archived from the original on 4 September 2020. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  23. ^ Khan, Ahmad (4 February 2018). "Commuters try out X-ray machines, metal detectors in Newton MRT station security exercise". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 28 January 2019.
  24. ^ "Commuters to undergo security screening at MRT stations as part of 6-month LTA trial". Channel NewsAsia. 5 November 2018. Archived from the original on 28 January 2019.
  25. ^ "LTA | News Room | News Releases | Joint News Release by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) & SBS Transit - Emergency Preparedness Exercise for Heightened Security Threats". Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  26. ^ Tan, Amelia (13 February 2013). "Newton MRT fire: Fire caused by electrical cable which short-circuited". The Straits Times. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  27. ^ "Timeline of NSL disruption due to flooded MRT tunnel". Channel NewsAsia. 8 October 2017. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
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  29. ^ "Downtown Line Newton Interchange Station DT11 Granted TOP". SAA Group Architects. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  30. ^ "MRT System Map" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 21 August 2020.
  31. ^ Feng, Zengkun (2017). Downtown Line : soaring to new heights. Singapore: Straits Times Press Pte Ltd. p. 65. ISBN 978-981-4747-66-0. OCLC 1003852882.
  32. ^ Lim, Adrian (2 December 2015). "Exit and re-enter on two DTL2 transfers". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on 13 February 2019. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  33. ^ "Transit Link Travel Information". Archived from the original on 17 July 2019. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  34. ^ "Art-in-Transit". SBSTransit. 21 August 2020. Archived from the original on 21 April 2020. Retrieved 9 September 2020.
  35. ^ Reduwan, Amirah Liyana (27 November 2015). "Downtown Line 2: Art in Transit". The New Paper. Archived from the original on 9 September 2020. Retrieved 9 September 2020.
  36. ^ "Getting Around - Public Transport - A Better Public Transport Experience - Art in Transit". 25 June 2020. Archived from the original on 21 April 2020. Retrieved 9 September 2020.

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