North South MRT Line
|North South MRT Line
Laluan MRT Utara Selatan
வடக்கு தெற்கு எம்ஆர்டி வழி
The North South Line is coloured red on system maps.
|System||Mass Rapid Transit (Singapore)|
Marina South Pier
|Stations||27 , (excluding 1 reserved station in Sungei Kadut)|
|Opening||7 November 1987|
|Owner||Land Transport Authority|
|Operator(s)||SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)|
|Rolling stock||C151, C651, C751B, C151A, C151B(Future)|
|Line length||45 km (28 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
The North South Line (NSL) is the first Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line in Singapore. The line is 45 km long with 27 stations, including the recently opened North South Line Extension and a planned station, Canberra. Travelling from one end of this line to the other end takes about one hour, and this line is coloured red on the rail map.
As the name implies, the line connects central Singapore to both northern and southern parts of the island. Cross-platform interchange with the East West Line is provided at Jurong East, City Hall and Raffles Place while transfer to the North East Line is possible via a linkway at Dhoby Ghaut. Connections to the Circle Line are provided at Bishan, Dhoby Ghaut and Marina Bay and a linkway via Esplanade. The North South Line will interchange with a future extension of the Downtown Line at Newton and with the future Thomson-East Coast Line at Woodlands, Orchard and Marina Bay.
- 1 History
- 1.1 First phase of development
- 1.2 Second phase of development (Woodlands Extension)
- 1.3 Jurong East Modification Project (JEMP)
- 1.4 North South Line Extension (NSLe)
- 1.5 Half-height platform screen door installations
- 1.6 Line disruptions
- 1.7 Timber to concrete sleeper replacement works
- 1.8 Timeline
- 2 Stations
- 3 Rolling stock
- 4 References
- 5 External links
First phase of development
The North South line was the first MRT line in Singapore, with the first section from Yio Chu Kang to Toa Payoh opening on 7 November 1987. Nine more stations from Novena to Outram Park followed on 12 December 1987, with through service onto what is today the East West Line. Separate operation of the North South and East West Lines only started in 4 November 1989, when the extension to Marina Bay was opened.
Second phase of development (Woodlands Extension)
During the initial planning of the Woodlands Extension MRT line, Sembawang station was only intended as a provisional station to be built at a later date due to the underdevelopment of the town and Kranji station was not planned. But on the second round of planning, the government decided to build these station and omit Sungei Kadut station from the plan. Sungei Kadut station will be built later if the town's population justifies the necessity for the station.
Jurong East Modification Project (JEMP)
The Jurong East Modification Project consisted of the construction of a new platform and the addition of a fourth track to Jurong East Station. It has been in use since 27 May 2011. Originally it opened from 7am to 9am, this was expanded from 27 December 2011 and it also opens during the evening peak hour.
North South Line Extension (NSLe)
A 1-kilometre (0.6 mi), one station extension from Marina Bay to Marina South Pier station was opened on 23 November 2014, one year earlier than originally planned. The extension serves the Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore in Marina Bay.
Half-height platform screen door installations
There were calls for platform screen doors to be installed at above-ground stations after several incidents in which passengers were killed by oncoming trains when they fell onto the railway tracks at above-ground stations. Underground stations already featured the doors since 1987. The authorities initially rejected the proposal by casting doubts over functionality and concerns about the high installation costs, but made an about-turn when the government announced plans to install half-height platform screen doors on the above-ground stations in January 2008, citing lower costs due to it becoming a more common feature worldwide. They were first installed at Jurong East and Yishun stations in 2009 as trial runs.
Installation began on May 2011 at Ang Mo Kio MRT Station, and by 14 March 2012, Kranji MRT Station, the last station for installation began operational (and please refer to the elevated MRT stations for more details on "installation of half-height platform screen doors").
On 15 December 2011, services between Bishan and Marina Bay stations were suspended due to 40 metres of the power rail being damaged between City Hall and Dhoby Ghaut stations. Trains along the stretch were stalled, causing a disruption to the train service for almost 5 hours. Train service fully resume at 11.40pm.
On 17 December 2011, a similar fault caused a 7-hour disruption between Ang Mo Kio and Marina Bay stations. According to SMRT, the disruption was caused by damage to the third rail and the trains' collector shoes. Seven trains were damaged in this incident.
These two service disruptions on the North-South Line were the worst ever since SMRT started operation for 24 years.
Timber to concrete sleeper replacement works
Timber sleepers are designed to last 15 to 25 years. They have to be replaced when they are near the end of their lifespan, or when they show signs of significant wear and tear. The new sleepers will allow trains to move along the tracks smoothly and without the current speed restrictions. Passengers can look forward to safe, smoother and faster train rides. In view of this, SMRT had to adjust last train timings earlier on the North South Line. It is expected to be completed by end-April 2015, and was divided into three phases: Phase 1 (Marina Bay-Bishan), Phase 2 (Bishan-Admiralty) and Phase 3 (Admiralty-Jurong East). Marina South Pier was exempted from the sleeper replacement work as it is a new station. After the completion of sleeper replacement works, the last train timings remains unchanged.
- 7 November 1987: Yio Chu Kang – Toa Payoh (First section opened)
- 12 December 1987: Toa Payoh – Raffles Place
- 20 December 1988: Yio Chu Kang – Yishun
- 4 November 1989: Raffles Place – Marina Bay (start of separate North South Line & East West Line)
- 10 March 1990: Jurong East – Choa Chu Kang (initially operated as the Branch Line of the East West Line)
- 10 February 1996: Yishun – Choa Chu Kang (the Choa Chu Kang branch of the East West Line became part of the present North South Line)
- 23 November 2014: Marina Bay – Marina South Pier
|Station Number||Station Name||Interchange/Notes|
|Jurong East||East West Line|
|Choa Chu Kang||Bukit Panjang LRT|
|Woodlands||Thomson-East Coast Line (under construction)|
|Yishun||Yishun shuttle terminus|
|Yio Chu Kang|
|Ang Mo Kio|
|Newton||Downtown Line (under construction)|
|Orchard||Thomson-East Coast Line (under construction)|
|Dhoby Ghaut||North East Line
|City Hall||East West Line|
|Raffles Place||East West Line|
|Marina Bay||Circle Line
Thomson-East Coast Line (under construction)
|Marina South Pier|
The North South MRT Line currently reserved a station "NS6" between Yew Tee and Kranji - which is called Sungei Kadut and will open in 2030s.
Trains operating on the line are the C151s, the C651s, C751Bs, C151As and C151Bs. These trains operates from the Bishan Depot which serves maintenance and train overhaul facilities for trains along the North South Line. The trains can also crossover to the East West Line as both the North South Line and East West Line are built as one system operating two different lines.
- Woodlands MRT line | Infopedia
- http://app.lta.gov.sg/corp_press_content.asp?start=1964[dead link]
- "New Platform At Jurong East Station To Open On 27 May". Land Transport Authority of Singapore. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 2014-11-22.
- Jurong East station opens new platform – Channel NewsAsia
- "SPEECH BY MR RAYMOND LIM,MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT, AT THE VISIT TO KIM CHUAN DEPOT, 25 JANUARY 2008, 9.00 AM" (PDF). Singapore Government Media Release. 2008-01-25.
- "Safety at MRT and LRT Stations — Respect The Yellow Line" (Press release). Land Transport Authority. 20 November 2005.[dead link]
- "Platform screen doors for all above-ground MRT stations by 2012". The Straits Times. 25 January 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-01-28.
- Yeo Ghim Lay (3 September 2008). "Platform doors for elevated MRT stations". The Straits Times. p. 26.
- "LTA Completes Installation of Half Height Platform Screen Doors". Land Transport Authority. 14 March 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-16.
- "North-South MRT Line breakdown hits thousands". Channel News Asia. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-17.
- "2nd Update – SMRT statement : Service disruption on North-South Line (Northbound): Marina Bay Station to Bishan Station" (PDF).
- "MRT breaks down again". Channel NewsAsia. 17 December 2011.
- "North-South Line service resumes after 7-hour disruption". Channel NewsAsia. 17 December 2011.
- "Service disruption on North-South Line on 17 Dec 2011" (PDF).
- "Minister Updates Parliament on MRT Disruptions". Ministry Of Transport. 9 January 2012.