North South MRT line

Mass Rapid Transit line in Singapore

The North South MRT line is the first Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line in Singapore to be built. It is 45 km long with 26 stations, and it is being operated by SMRT Trains. It would usually take one hour to travel from one end of the MRT line to the other. This line is coloured red on the MRT Rail map.

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North South line
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NS9 Woodlands MRT Platform.jpg
Two C151B trains at Woodlands, which is one of the most crowded stations of the line.
Overview
Native nameLaluan MRT Utara Selatan
南北地铁线
வடக்கு தெற்கு எம்ஆர்டி வழி
StatusOperational
Under planning (Brickland and Sungei Kadut)
OwnerLand Transport Authority
TerminiJurong East
Marina South Pier
Stations27 (Operational)
2 (Under planning)
Service
TypeRapid transit
SystemMass Rapid Transit (Singapore)
Services1
Operator(s)SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)
Depot(s)Bishan
Ulu Pandan
Rolling stockC151
C651
C751B
C151A
C151B
C151C
CR151 (Future)
History
Opened7 November 1987; 34 years ago (1987-11-07)
Technical
Line length45 km (28 mi)
CharacterAbove ground (Jurong East - Ang Mo Kio)
Surface level (Bishan)
Underground (Braddell - Marina South Pier)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification750 V DC Third rail
Operating speedlimit of 80 km/h (50 mph)
Route map
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This line joins the Central area of Singapore to the Northern and Southern areas of Singapore. To transfer to the East West MRT line, a commuter can transfer at Jurong East, Raffles Place or City Hall. Transferring to the North East MRT Line is done at Dhoby Ghaut with a linkway. Bishan MRT Station, Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station and Marina Bay MRT Station can transfer a commuter to the Circle MRT Line. Transfer to the Downtown line is provided at Newton MRT Station.

HistoryEdit

Main routeEdit

The first section of the north south line opened on 7 November 1987 between Toa Payoh and Yio Chu Kang. Afterwards, the section to Outram Park (now on the East West MRT line) opened. Following that, the rest of the line opened stage by stage.

Woodlands ExtensionEdit

The Woodlands Extension was planned to close the gap between Yishun and Choa Chu Kang. It consists of 6 stations, and opened on 10 February 1996.

Marina South Pier extension (NSLe)Edit

A 1-kilometre extension of the line to Marina South Pier MRT Station was opened in 2014.

Timeline of stations openedEdit

Major IncidentsEdit

2011Edit

2015Edit

2017Edit

On 7 October, services on the line was stopped between Ang Mo Kio and Marina South Pier around 6pm, after the tunnels between Bishan and Braddell flooded following heavy rain, and a fire was seen near Raffles Place. Services between Newton and Marina South Pier was resumed at around 9.30pm but the section between Newton and Ang Mo Kio remained closed overnight. It opened at 2pm the following day after staff and the SCDF worked overnight to clear the water from the tunnel. SMRT reported that a faulty water pump was the cause of the flooding. This was the worst train incident in SMRT's history.

StationsEdit

North South MRT Line
 
 
 
 
 
  Pandan Reservoir
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 NS1  EW24  JE5 
Jurong East
 
 
  Pasir Ris
  Tuas Link  
 
 
 
 
  Choa Chu Kang  
 
 
 
 
 NS2 
Bukit Batok
 
 
 NS3 
Bukit Gombak
 
 NS3A 
Brickland
 
 
 
 
 
  Boon Lay  
  Choa Chu Kang (loop)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 NS4  JS1  BP1 
Choa Chu Kang
 
 
 
 
 NS5 
Yew Tee
 
 NS6  DT 
Sungei Kadut
 
 NS7 
Kranji
 
 
 
 
 
Woodlands Flyover
Bukit Timah Expressway
 
 NS8 
Marsiling
 
 
 
 NS9  TE2 
Woodlands
 
 
 
 
 
  Caldecott
  Woodlands North  
 
 NS10 
Admiralty
 
 NS11 
Sembawang
 
 NS12 
Canberra
 
 NS13 
Yishun
 
 NS14 
Khatib
 
 
 
Lentor Flyover
Seletar Expressway
 
 NS15 
Yio Chu Kang
 
 
 
 NS16  CR11 
Ang Mo Kio
 
 
 
 
 
  Bright Hill
  Aviation Park  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kallang River
 
 
 
 
 
 
  HarbourFront
  Dhoby Ghaut  
 
 
 
 NS17  CC15 
Bishan
 
 
 NS18 
Braddell
 
 NS19 
Toa Payoh
 
 NS20 
Novena
 
 
 
 
 
  Bukit Panjang
  Expo  
 
 
 
 NS21  DT11 
Newton
 
 
 
 
  Woodlands North
 
 
 
 
 NS22  TE14 
Orchard
 
 
 
  Sungei Bedok
 
 
 NS23 
Somerset
 
 
 
 
 
  HarbourFront
  Punggol  
 
 
 
 
 NS24  NE6  CC1 
Dhoby Ghaut
 
 
 
  HarbourFront  
 
 
 
 
  Pasir Ris  
 
 NS25  EW13 
City Hall
 
 
 
 
 
 NS26  EW14 
Raffles Place
 
 
  Tuas Link
 
 
 
 
 NS27  CE2  TE20 
Marina Bay
 
 
 
 
 
  HarbourFront
  Stadium  
 
 
 
 
 
  Woodlands North
  Sungei Bedok 
 
 NS28 
Marina South Pier
 
 
A view of the station doors of the Raffles Place MRT Station
Station Number Station Name Interchange/Notes
 NS1  EW24  JE5  Jurong East Cross-platform interchange with the East West Line

Interchange with the Jurong Region Line (2027)

 NS2  Bukit Batok  
 NS3  Bukit Gombak  
 NS3A  Brickland Opening in mid-2030s[1]
 NS4  JS1  BP1  Choa Chu Kang Interchange with the Bukit Panjang LRT and the Jurong Region Line (2026)
 NS5  Yew Tee  
 NS6  DT  Sungei Kadut Interchange with the Downtown Line

Opening in mid-2030s[1]

 NS7  Kranji  
 NS8  Marsiling  
 NS9  TE2  Woodlands Interchange with the Thomson-East Coast Line (2019)
 NS10  Admiralty  
 NS11  Sembawang  
 NS12  Canberra Station being built on top of already opened line, opened on 2 November 2019[2]
 NS13  Yishun  
 NS14  Khatib  
 NS15  Yio Chu Kang  
 NS16  CR11  Ang Mo Kio Interchange with the Cross Island Line (2029)
 NS17  CC15  Bishan Interchange with the Circle Line
 NS18  Braddell  
 NS19  Toa Payoh  
 NS20  Novena  
 NS21  DT11  Newton Interchange with the Downtown Line
 NS22  TE14  Orchard Interchange with the Thomson-East Coast Line (2021)
 NS23  Somerset  
 NS24  NE6  CC1  Dhoby Ghaut Interchange with the North East Line and Circle Line
 NS25  EW13  City Hall Cross-platform interchange with the East West Line
 NS26  EW14  Raffles Place Cross-platform interchange with the East West Line
 NS27  CE2  TE20  Marina Bay Interchange with the Circle Line extension and the Thomson-East Coast Line (2021)
 NS28  Marina South Pier

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "At a glance: Key updates to MRT, bus network and more for 2040 master plan". TODAYonline. 25 May 2019.
  2. "Canberra station on North-South line to open on Nov 2". www.straitstimes.com. Retrieved 2018-05-20.