Yishun MRT station
Yishun MRT station with Platform Screen Doors installed.
|Location||301 Yishun Avenue 2|
|Operated by||SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)|
|Connections||Yishun Bus Interchange, Taxi|
|Parking||Yes (Northpoint City, GV Yishun)|
|Opened||20 December 1988|
|Previous names||Nee Soon North|
Yishun station used to be the terminus of the line between 1988 and 1996, until the Woodlands Extension was completed and opened on 10 February 1996. Currently, certain trains would still terminate at this station for the truncated service between Yishun station and Marina South Pier MRT station which only operates during morning peak hours and early evening hours on weekdays, as well as late evening hours and late night periods throughout the week to fulfil the high demand of this stretch.
Yishun station is currently one of the two MRT stations that serve Yishun New Town; the other being Khatib MRT station.
Yishun opened in December 1988, two years earlier than planned. During the start of construction in December 1984, Nee Soon North-the original name of the station- was renamed to Yishun and Nee Soon South was renamed to Khatib. In 1990, there was a power failure which occurred at Yishun station. Before the underpass link to Northpoint was completed in 1993, there was a pedestrian crossing that linked the station and bus interchange.
In December 2001, the Singapore embassies attack plot was discovered, and had included plans to bomb Yishun MRT station at several points, including the sewers near the station. This was brought up in a debate during a session of the parliament, during which new security measures were proposed, especially on the MRT system itself.
On 16 April 2003, power supply to trackside equipment between Yio Chu Kang and Sembawang stations was disrupted at 8.02 am due to a lightning strike which affected eight point machines along the track. After the SMRT staff manually secured the points and fixed the positions, northbound train services were restored at 8.30 am while southbound services were restored at 8.48 am.
On the early morning of 5 December 2006, a foreign worker in his early twenties, was hit by a southbound train at the station and caused trains from Sembawang to Yio Chu Kang stations to be disrupted for more than an hour. He was later pronounced dead. In February 2007 a leaked CCTV footage of the incident along with another at Admiralty MRT station began circulating on the Internet, with the man in question crawling from under the platform and onto the track as the train approaches, leading to suggestions that it was a case of suicide.
On 19 January 2008 at about 1530 hours (SST), a call was made from a public telephone at the MRT Station alleging that there was a bomb at the station. Police arrested a 31-year old Chinese man believed to be linked to the crime on 23 February 2008 at 1600 hours. The man was charged on 25 February 2008 for transmitting a false message that makes reference to a bomb.
At 11.45 am on 11 October 2008, a man was found on the tracks of the station and was sent to hospital. Train service was disrupted in between Sembawang and Yio Chu Kang stations, affecting 2900 people. Regular service was resumed at 12.16 pm.
Yishun, Pasir Ris and Jurong East were the first stations to undergo testing as to whether the platform screen doors were viable for elevated stations. Eventually, installation of the half-height platform screen doors started on 26 August 2009 and operations commenced on 2 December 2009. It was the second above-ground station to have half-height platform screen doors installed and commence operations, after Pasir Ris. The tests were successful. Half-height screen doors have been installed in all elevated stations.
Yishun is the first station in northern Singapore to have high-volume low-speed fans installed, which have been in operation as of 27 June 2012.
- "MRT Yishun opens, two-thirds of system now complete". NewspaperSG: The New Paper. 20 December 1988. p. 8.
- "Power failure at MRT Station". NespaperSG: The Straits Times. 29 May 1990. p. 23.
- "Singapore Government Press Statement On ISA Arrests, 11 Jan 02". Ministry of Home Affairs. 11 January 2002. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
- "Normal service resumes between Sembawang and Yio Chu Kang MRT stations". Channel News Asia. 5 December 2006.
- "Leaked footage of man hit by train sets Net abuzz", Melissa Sim, The Straits Times, 26 February 2007
- "Police are looking for man to help in bomb hoax investigations". Channel News Asia. 23 February 2008.
- "31-year-old man arrested in connection with bomb hoax call". Channel News Asia. 23 February 2008.
- "Train disruption along North-South line affects over 2,900 passengers". 987FM. 11 October 2008.