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North-bound platform of NS20 Novena MRT station

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Novena MRT Station (NS20) is located on the North South Line on the Mass Rapid Transit system. It is an underground station which opened on 12 December 1987.

The station gets busy during the morning and evening peak hours and during the weekdays due to the offices in Novena Square, nearby Goldhill Centre, the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore, United Square; nearby primary schools like St Joseph's Institution Junior, a technical institute (ITE College West (Balestier)) and a hospital (Tan Tock Seng Hospital).

ArchitectureEdit

One of the station's distinctive features was its bright green wall tiles. But as falling tiles was a problem in Toa Payoh and Novena stations, the trademark bright green tiles of the station walls were replaced with a layer of plastic and paint of the same colour. The station has been completely refurbished in 2008.

Parts of the concourse level of the station resembles a station on the London Underground, with its concave curved walls.

TriviaEdit

The station is named after Novena Church. Novena means "a series of prayers" in Italian.

LegendsEdit

Like Bishan station, the station is rumoured to be haunted, possibly because the area used to be a cemetery in the past.

ExitsEdit

  • Exit A — Dover Park Hospice, Hospice Care Association, National Neuroscience Institute, National Skin Centre, New Phoenix Park, Ren Ci Hospital and Medical Centre, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Hotel ibis Singapore Novena (Opening in March 2011), Square 2 and Novena Medical Centre
  • Exit B — Goldhill Centre, Novena Church, Revenue House, United Square
  • Exit C (unofficial) — Novena Square
  • Exit D Tan Tock Seng Hospital

Train serviceEdit

Destination First Train Last Train
Mon - Sat Sunday &
Public Holiday
Daily
North South Line
to NS1 Jurong East 6.01am 6.38am 12.00am
to NS27 Marina Bay 5.44am 6.10am 11.40pm
to NS7 Kranji - - 12.18am

Current station layoutEdit

L1 Street Level Novena Square
B1 NSL Concourse Faregates, Station Control, Ticketing Machines
B2
Platforms
Platform A North South Line towards  NS1  EW24  Jurong East via  NS9  Woodlands (→)
Island platform, Doors open on the right
Platform B North South Line towards  NS27  Marina Bay (←)

Bus servicesEdit

The following bus services serve the bus stops along Thomson Road:

Bus Stop Code: 50031 (Opp Novena Ch)
Service Between And Notes
SBS Transit Trunk Services
5 Pasir Ris Bus Interchange Bukit Merah Bus Interchange
21 Pasir Ris Bus Interchange Saint Michael's Bus Terminal 20px
54 Bishan Bus Interchange New Bridge Road Bus Terminal 20px
56 Bishan Bus Interchange Marina Centre Bus Terminal
57 Bishan Bus Interchange Bukit Merah Bus Interchange 20px
131 Saint Michael's Bus Terminal Bukit Merah Bus Interchange
143 Toa Payoh Bus Interchange Jurong East Bus Interchange 20px
162 Yio Chu Kang Bus Terminal Shenton Way Bus Terminal Operates on weekdays (Day time) and Saturdays (morning and early afternoon)
162M Yio Chu Kang Bus Terminal Marina Centre (Loop) Operates on weekdays (evening), Saturdays (afternoon and evening), Sundays and Public Holidays
166 Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange Clementi Bus Interchange
SMRT Buses Trunk Services
167 Sembawang Bus Interchange Bukit Merah Bus Interchange
851 Yishun Bus Interchange Bukit Merah Bus Interchange 20px
980 Sembawang Bus Interchange Lorong 1 Geylang Bus Terminal
SMRT Buses NightRider Services
NR1 Resorts World Sentosa Yishun Ring Road (Loop)
Bus Stop Code: 50037 (Novena Ch)
Service Between And Notes
SBS Transit Trunk Services
5 Pasir Ris Bus Interchange Bukit Merah Bus Interchange
54 Bishan Bus Interchange New Bridge Road Bus Terminal 20px
143 Toa Payoh Bus Interchange Jurong East Bus Interchange 20px
162 Yio Chu Kang Bus Terminal Shenton Way Bus Terminal Operates on weekdays (Day time) and Saturdays (morning and early afternoon)
162M Yio Chu Kang Bus Terminal Marina Centre (Loop) Operates on weekdays (evening), Saturdays (afternoon and evening), Sundays and Public Holidays
SMRT Buses Trunk Services
167 Sembawang Bus Interchange Bukit Merah Bus Interchange
SMRT Buses NightRider Services
NR1 Resorts World Sentosa Yishun Ring Road (Loop)

Flooding incidentEdit

On 23 June 2006, at 7am (SST), the station experienced a minor flood with water reaching a height of five centimetres. There was no disruption of train services, but the fare gates were shutdown. Station staff were present to assist the commuters, sheltering them with umbrellas. As the water continued to flow, wooden planks were placed on the ground to form temporary walkways. By 8.30am, the water had receded. Investigations indicated that the nearby construction of the Novena Medical Centre above the station has caused the seepage of water into the station.[1]

ReferencesEdit

Template:Singapore MRT stationsTemplate:Singapore-MRT-stub

ms:Stesen MRT Novena nl:Novena (metrostation) ja:ノベナ駅 zh:诺维娜地铁站

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