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Bishan MRT Station (NS17/CC15) is a Singapore Mass Rapid Transit interchange station along the North South Line and the Circle Line that serves the Bishan community, especially that of Bishan East. The station is located in Central Singapore, along Bishan Road, close to the town centre of Bishan. It is often filled with students on weekdays in the afternoon as it serves the Ministry of Education Language Centre, a faculty of the Ministry of Education that allows secondary school and junior college students to study their second or third languages that are not available in their own schools. Some trains from Bishan Depot arrive at platform B of the station to travel southbound towards Marina Bay for evening peak period services. It is one of the five stations of Stage 3 of the Circle MRT Line that opened to the public on 28 May 2009[1]. Commuters will be able to transfer to the line via an underpass that links the Circle Line platform to the two separate platforms at the North South Line.

At the Circle Line side of this station, Art in Transit sees three murals created by Soh Ee Shaun depicting landmarks that residents of Bishan can identify with.

Cultural impactEdit

Being located at a former cemetery zone called Bi Shan Teng, the station is rumoured to be haunted, and has been the subject of several Singaporean urban legends, as well as the site for allegedly true encounters of ghosts. A local newspaper, The Sunday Times, once ran an article debunking an urban legend associated with the station, but it also ran alongside the article an account by a passenger who claimed that, while riding on a train passing through the station one morning in the early 1990s, she was groped by several unseen hands before passing out. She was later revived by fellow passengers. There are also other alleged encounters of ghosts and other entities by several passengers in and around the station, such as headless figures, footsteps being heard coming from the roof of the train, and phantom passengers that did not cast any reflections on the train windows.

Circle Line linkage and changes to the stationEdit

Construction was done for the station to be linked to the Circle Line. This would enable passengers to travel to the North-East region of Singapore by train without traveling to the city, i.e. the travelling time from Serangoon to Bishan is shortened to 5 minutes from 29 minutes on 28 May 2009. The Circle Line Station is perpendicular to the current North South Line station. The station is adjacent to the Junction 8 Shopping Centre and will be linked altogether through future expansion.

A new air-conditioned southbound platform to serve the southbound trains (heading towards Marina Bay Station) was opened on 27 July 2008. The original platform is now dedicated only to northbound train services (heading towards Jurong East via Woodlands). A wall now separate the southbound tracks and the northbound platform, and southbound train doors no longer open towards the old platform. The northbound platform was also upgraded with air conditioning and full height platform screen doors and was officially completed on 22 May 2009 when the air-conditioning was turned on and the platform screen doors started operation.

Bishan is one of the two underground stations currently to have side platforms, the other station being Braddell MRT Station. Though the layout of the station used to have an island platform, it was converted to side platforms to make it easier for transfers to the Circle Line. Once the Downtown MRT Line opens in 2013, Chinatown will also have side platforms due to space-constraint problems.

Bishan is also one of the two stations with a station exit located on a platform. When open, the Exit E in Bishan's Southbound platform will be the first of such exits, and will also make Bishan the second station to have faregates available on the same level as the platforms.

Before the Circle Line section of the station was constructed, it was the only underground station without air-conditioning and platform screen doors. It was possible to see the surroundings of the stations before the platform screen doors was built as it is the only station in the MRT system to completely rest on terra firma though the station is below sea level.

Train serviceEdit

Destination First Train Last Train
Mon - Sat Sunday &
Public Holiday
Daily
North South Line
to NS1 Jurong East 6.06am 6.19am 12.05am
to NS7 Kranji - - 12.23am
to NS27 Marina Bay 5.38am 6.05am 11.34pm
to NS19 Toa Payoh - - 12.10am
Circle Line
to CC1 Dhoby Ghaut 5.40am 6.07am 11.34pm
to CC16 Marymount 5.53am 6.20am 12.27am
to CC7 Mountbatten - - 12.09am
to CC12 Bartley - - 12.29am

Current Station LayoutEdit

L1 NSL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control, Transitlink Counter, Bus Stop, Junction 8, 7-Eleven, Citibank, Bishan Bus Interchange
B1
Platforms
Platform A North South Line towards  NS1  EW24  Jurong East via  NS9  Woodlands (→)
Side platform for trains heading to Jurong East via Woodlands; doors will open on the right
Platform B North South Line towards  NS27  Marina Bay (←)
Side platform for trains heading to Marina Bay; doors will open on the left
B2 Transfer Linkway Escalators to both North South Line platforms, lift to North South Line southbound platform and ticket concourse
CCL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control, Transitlink Counter
B3
Platforms
Platform A Circle Line towards  CC16  Marymount (→)
Island platform, Doors will open on the right
Platform B Circle Line towards  CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut (←)

Bus servicesEdit

The following bus services available at the bus stops outside Bishan station, along Bishan Road.

Bus Stop Code: 53231 (Bishan Station)
Service Between And Notes
SBS Transit Trunk Services
13 Yio Chu Kang Bus Terminal Upper East Coast Bus Terminal 20px
52 Bishan Bus Interchange Jurong East Bus Interchange 20px
54 Bishan Bus Interchange New Bridge Road Bus Terminal 20px
55 Bishan Bus Interchange Siglap Road (Loop)
58 Bishan Bus Interchange Pasir Ris Bus Interchange
88 Pasir Ris Bus Interchange Toa Payoh Bus Interchange 20px
128 Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot Shenton Way Bus Terminal Operates On Weekdays Peak Hours Only
156 Sengkang Bus Interchange Clementi Bus Interchange 20px
SMRT Night Rider Services
NR1 Resorts World Sentosa Yishun Ring Road (Loop)
Bus Stop Code: 53239 (Opp Bishan Station)
Service Between And Notes
SBS Transit Trunk Services
13 Yio Chu Kang Bus Terminal Upper East Coast Bus Terminal 20px
52 Bishan Bus Interchange Jurong East Bus Interchange 20px
54 Bishan Bus Interchange New Bridge Road Bus Terminal 20px
55 Bishan Bus Interchange Siglap Road (Loop)
58 Bishan Bus Interchange Pasir Ris Bus Interchange
88 Pasir Ris Bus Interchange Toa Payoh Bus Interchange 20px
128 Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot Shenton Way Bus Terminal Operates On Weekdays Peak Hours Only
156 Sengkang Bus Interchange Clementi Bus Interchange 20px
SMRT Night Rider Services
NR1 Resorts World Sentosa Yishun Ring Road (Loop)

The following bus services are available at Bishan Bus Interchange, located a short distance from the station, and at the bus stops along Bishan Street 11.

Bus Stop Code: 53221 (Blk 115)
Service Between And Notes
SBS Transit Trunk Services
52 Bishan Bus Interchange Jurong East Bus Interchange 20px
54 Bishan Bus Interchange New Bridge Road Bus Terminal 20px
55 Bishan Bus Interchange Marine Parade (Loop)
56 Bishan Bus Interchange Marina Centre Bus Terminal
57 Bishan Bus Interchange Bukit Merah Bus Interchange 20px
58 Bishan Bus Interchange Pasir Ris Bus Interchange
59 Bishan Bus Interchange Changi Village Bus Terminal
SBS Transit Feeder Services
410G Bishan Bus Interchange Upper Thomson Road (Loop) 20px
410W Bishan Bus Interchange Upper Thomson Road (Loop) 20px
Bus Stop Code: 53229 (Blk 501)
Service Between And Notes
SBS Transit Trunk Services
52 Bishan Bus Interchange Jurong East Bus Interchange 20px
54 Bishan Bus Interchange New Bridge Road Bus Terminal 20px
55 Bishan Bus Interchange Marine Parade (Loop)
56 Bishan Bus Interchange Marina Centre Bus Terminal
57 Bishan Bus Interchange Bukit Merah Bus Interchange 20px
58 Bishan Bus Interchange Pasir Ris Bus Interchange
59 Bishan Bus Interchange Changi Village Bus Terminal
SMRT Buses Premium Services
588 Sin Ming Avenue Shenton Way

ExitsEdit

IncidentsEdit

2002 AccidentEdit

On Nov 7 2002, a 10-year-old boy was taken to KK Women's and Children's Hospital in the evening, after being dragged by a southbound MRT train along the platform at Bishan MRT station. The child, Moses Tan, had a fractured right leg, a fractured right shoulder, bruises on his limbs and chest, and lacerations on his head after the incident.

2004 AccidentsEdit

A 31-year-old Chinese man Mr Joseph Tan, a resident of Kim Keat, was found trapped under a train and died after falling on the track in front of an oncoming train in Bishan MRT station at about 1pm on Jul 28 2004. The tragedy disrupted the northbound service between Toa Payoh and Ang Mo Kio MRT stations for about an hour.

The second fatal accident at this station happened when a 74-year-old man, who was a resident of Toa Payoh died when he fell and was hit by an oncoming northbound train at Bishan MRT station in the afternoon of Sep 15 2004.[2]

2007 AccidentEdit

On 4 March 2007, a man fell onto the tracks of the MRT station. A commuter on the platform pressed the emergency stop plunger and the train driver also braked in time. It was later reported that the man in question was high on drugs and slipped onto the tracks as a result.

2009 Train BreakdownEdit

When the Circle Line first opens on 28 May 2009, trains on both directions towards Bartley and Marymount were disrupted for 13 minutes when a train stopped in the tunnel between Lorong Chuan and Bishan at 2.41 pm. The train had to be manually moved to Bishan where passengers alighted. The defective train was pulled out from service.[3]

ReferencesEdit

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