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 NE16  STC 
Sengkang
盛港
செங்காங்
Sengkang
Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) / Light Rail Transit (LRT) station
Sengkang NEL Interchange, Nov 05.JPG
The passenger service centre at the concourse of the station
Location5 Sengkang Square
Singapore 545062[1]
Coordinates1°23′30″N 103°53′42″E / 1.391653°N 103.895133°E / 1.391653; 103.895133Coordinates: 1°23′30″N 103°53′42″E / 1.391653°N 103.895133°E / 1.391653; 103.895133
Owned byLand Transport Authority
Operated bySBS Transit Ltd (ComfortDelGro Corporation) (North East and Sengkang LRT lines)
Line(s)
Platforms4 (2 island platforms)[2][3]
Tracks4 (2 MRT, 2 LRT)
ConnectionsBus, taxi
Construction
Structure typeElevated
Platform levels3
Disabled accessYes[4]
History
Opened18 January 2003; 17 years ago (2003-01-18) (LRT East loop)
20 June 2003; 17 years ago (2003-06-20) (North East line)
29 January 2005; 15 years ago (2005-01-29) (LRT West loop)
ElectrifiedYes
Services
Preceding station   Mass Rapid Transit   Following station
towards HarbourFront
North East Line
Terminus
Light Rail Transit
anticlockise / inner
Sengkang LRT
East Loop
clockwise / outer
clockwise / outer
Sengkang LRT
West Loop
anticlockise / inner
Location
Singapore MRT/LRT system map
Singapore MRT/LRT system map
Sengkang
Sengkang station in Singapore

Sengkang MRT/LRT station is a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) interchange station in Sengkang, Singapore. It is an interchange between the North East line (NEL) and Sengkang LRT (SKLRT). Along with Buangkok station, it is one of the two MRT stations located within the Sengkang planning area.

The LRT station opened on 18 January 2003 along with the other East loop stations on the SKLRT,[a] with the NEL station opening later on 20 June. Services on the West loop began service on 29 January 2005. Upgrades to the station are being implemented to improve barrier-free accessibility to the station. Located at Sengkang Town Centre between Sengkang Square and Sengkang East Way, It is directly connected to Compass One, Compass Heights and Sengkang Bus Interchange, and is within walking distance to the Compassvale Bus Interchange.

History[edit]

Sengkang MRT platforms

The station was built to serve the Sengkang New Town developed under a government programme to transform the Sengkang area into a fully mature housing estate.[5][6] Contract 702 for the construction of Sengkang and Buangkok stations and connecting tunnels (including connecting tunnels to Sengkang Depot) was awarded to Sato Kogyo-Hock Lian Seng Engineering Joint Venture at S$166.4 million (US$120.58 million) on 26 April 1997.[7]

The elevated LRT station opened on 18 January 2003 when the East loop of the Sengkang LRT (SKLRT) started operations.[8] The underground North East line platforms opened on 20 June that year.[9] The station began to serve the West loop of the SKLRT when certain stations on the loop[b] opened on 29 January 2005.[10]

As part of efforts to improve the overall accessibility of public transport, the overhead pedestrian bridge near Sengkang and other stations[c] have lifts installed to improve barrier-free accessibility to major transport nodes.[11][12] The lifts were installed progressively in 2013.[13][14] Sengkang station was also the first batch of ten stations to have additional bicycle parking facilities[d] under the National Cycling Plan announced in 2010.[15][16]

In 2018, it was announced that the station will be further upgraded, improving barrier-free access to the station, adding new dual-speed escalators leading to the platforms, and new lifts to connect the platforms, concourse and mezzanine levels of the station. The current LRT platform is to be expanded to create a more spacious area for commuters by 2022.[17][18]

Incidents[edit]

On 27 February 2020, a power fault along the NEL resulted in service disruptions to the Punggol, Sengkang and Buangkok stations. At 5:36 am, a shuttle train service was provided which operated on a single platform between the Punggol and Buangkok stations. In order to facilitate maintenance works, the power source to the tracks between the Hougang and Punggol stations was switched off. Additionally, shuttle bus services to serve the affected stations have been provided. The fault was resolved by 11:49 am and usual service along the entire NEL resumed at 12:14 pm.[19] Investigations later revealed that a broken contact wire affected the power source to trains launching from Sengkang Depot, causing the service disruptions.[20][21][22][23]

Station details[edit]

Location and name[edit]

The station is in Sengkang New Town along Sengkang Square.[1][24] The station serves the developments of Compass Heights, Compass One and the Sengkang Bus Interchange, and is within walking distance of the Compassvale Bus Interchange, the Kopitiam Square and the Sengkang Community Hub.[4][25] The station name, Sengkang, means "prosperous harbour" in Mandarin.[24]

Services[edit]

A West Loop-bound LRT train stopping at Sengkang.

The station serves both the Sengkang LRT line (SKLRT) and the North East line (NEL). The station code is NE16/STC as reflected on official maps.[26] On the SKLRT, the station is the terminus for both East loop and West loop services in both directions. The adjacent stations on the LRT line are Compassvale and Ranggung stations on the East loop and Cheng Lim and Renjong stations on the West loop.[26] Train frequencies range from 3 to 5 minutes depending on the time of the day. The LRT station operates between 5:30 am and 12:30 am daily.[27][28]

On the NEL, the station is between the Buangkok and Punggol stations.[26] Train frequencies on the line range from 2.5 to 5 minutes depending on the time of the day. The NEL station operates between 5:45 am and 12:30 am daily, with the first train bound for HarbourFront departing at around 5:45 am and the last train bound for Punggol station departing at 12:28 am.[27][28]

Design[edit]

The station has four levels (two platform levels, mezzanine and concourse ground level).[24][29] It is an integrated hub with the three modes of transport — MRT, LRT and bus — serving the Sengkang area. The MRT/LRT station was the first intermodal station on the MRT network for all three modes of transport.[30] The simple layout, the atrium-like open layout and glass enclosure in the station design allow visual connections through levels and spaces, making navigation in and out of the station easier.[31] Besides integrating with transport facilities, the station is fully integrated with the property developments of Compass Heights and Compass Point by CentrePoint Properties (now Frasers Property).[24][30][32]

Public artwork[edit]

T.R.A.N.S.I.T.I.O.N.S. by Koh Bee Liang at the mezzanine level of the station.

As part of the MRT system's Art-in-Transit Programme,[e] T.R.A.N.S.I.T.I.O.N.S. by Koh Bee Liang, an artwork consisting of two contrasting stained-glass murals, is displayed above ground at the opposite ends of the station mezzanine level. The station is filled with colourful rays as light is filtered through the stained glass windows. The glass murals mark Sengkang’s transition from a rural kampung (depicted in "warm nostalgic images of the past") to high-raised buildings (in black and white) that are now part of the landscape. As time goes by, the work also changes throughout the day with the transition of the sun.[33][34]

The black and white mural of New Sengkang, according to the artist, reflects how "we built up to reach the heavens", without pausing to reflect on the purpose. This is a reference to Singapore's urban renewal, which involves parting of the old and the memories associated with it. The distortions of the new HDB (Housing Development Board) skyscrapers also relate to the fragility of life as a result of the September 11 attacks. In contrast, the Old Sengkang mural, made of opalescent glass, depicts various characters of Singapore's past. The artist, when creating the mural to reflect the past, had conducted various interviews of old residents and used research at the Singapore National Archives for the artwork, in addition to using her experience growing up in a Kampung similar to old Sengkang.[35]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The other LRT stations are Compassvale, Rumbia, Bakau, Kangkar and Ranggung
  2. ^ These stations are the Thanggam, Fernvale, Layar, Tongkang and Renjong LRT stations
  3. ^ The other stations are Aljunied, Bishan, Khatib, Kranji and Yew Tee
  4. ^ The other stations are: Admiralty, Aljunied, Boon Lay, Chinese Garden, Khatib, Lakeside, Sembawang, Simei and Yishun
  5. ^ Public art showcase which integrates artworks into the MRT network

References[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Leong, Chan Teik (2003). Getting there : the story of the North East Line. Singapore: Land Transport Authority (LTA). ISBN 981-04-5886-X. OCLC 53383062.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Tan, Su (2003). Art in transit : North East Line MRT - Singapore. Singapore: Land Transport Authority. ISBN 981-04-7384-2. OCLC 52771106.

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