Bencoolen MRT Station

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Bencoolen Station
Lines Served   Downtown Line
Operator SBS Transit
Structure Underground
Platform Island
Opening on 21 Oct 2017

Bencoolen MRT Station (DT21) is an underground station along the Downtown Line (DTL) Stage 3. It is built underneath Bencoolen Street, near the junction with Bras Basah Road, and serves the nearby civic districts around the Rochor and Museum planning areas.

The station is named after Bencooloen Street, the main road which takes its name from the old Kampong Bencoolen. Bencoolen was also a city in Indonesia (Bengkulu), where Singapore’s founder Sir Stamford Raffles formerly served as Govenor-General. Built in close proximity to Bras Basah station along the Circle Line, the stations are connected by an underground public (unpaid) link which is part of SMU. At 43 metres below ground, Bencooloen station will take over Promenade as the deepest station in Singapore.

The station is built in close proximity with the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Singapore Management University (SMU), School of the Arts (Sota) and the Singapore Art Museum.

First / Last Train Timings

Downtown Line – DT21 Bencoolen
Destination First Train Last Train
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
DT1 Bukit Panjang
DT35 Expo

Station Layout

L1 Street level Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
B2 Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre, Unpaid link to Bras Basah
B6 Platform B Downtown Line towards  DT35 CG1   Expo
Platform A Downtown Line towards  DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang


Platform B: Downtown Line towards  DT35  CG1  Expo via  DT22  Jalan Besar (→)
Platform A: Downtown Line towards  DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang via  DT20  Fort Canning (←)

Bencoolen station has two platforms in an island platform arrangement, with both platforms utilized for trains travelling in either direction. Full-height Platform screen doors isolate the air-conditioned station from the tunnel environment, enhancing commuter safety and station comfort.

Passenger Information Systems, which are plasma display screens located at each platform, display expected train arrival times and key messages. Tactile flooring helps to guide the visually-handicapped from the platform to the station exits.


The concourse features faregates for automatic fare collection and provides access between paid and unpaid areas of the station, with at least one bidirectional wide-swinging gate for the benefit of passengers-in-wheelchairs and those carrying bulky items or travelling with prams.

General Ticketing Machines allow commuters to purchase tickets for single or multiple journeys, and along with Top-up Machines, offer contactless card transactions. The station office functions as a Passenger Service Centre, and is staffed during operating hours, where commuters may make travel inquiries or perform card transactions using cash payment.

A public toilet is located in the unpaid area of the DTL concourse.

Art in Transit: TBC



Recognition & Awards

Extracted from IES released documents

The Downtown Line tunnel between Fort Canning and Bencoolen MRT stations on the Downtown Line was recognised by the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) as one of the top 50 engineering achievements with the greatest impact on Singapore since 1965.

Linking the Fort Canning and Bencoolen MRT stations, LTA engineers had to build tunnels just 1m above the existing North East Line (NEL) tunnel – the closest two lines have run on Singapore’s rail network. Built over nine months between 2013 and 2014, they also cross below the North South Line and Circle Line tunnels, at 8m and 3m respectively.

Source: Straits Times and IES

Station Amenities

  • Public toilets at DTL concourse

Safety Features

  • Emergency Train Stop buttons on the station platform, when activated, will prevent approaching trains from entering the station, and any train already stopped at the platform will be prevented from moving off.
  • Emergency telephones at station platforms and the intercom system inside the lifts enable commuters to communicate with station staff in the Passenger Service Centre.
  • Emergency door handles allow the platform doors to be opened manually from the train-side in the event of failure.
  • Fire Extinguishers in various locations
  • All escalators equipped with Emergency Stop buttons

Transport Connections (TBC)

Rail Bridging Services (TBC)

Passenger Usage Patterns

As a Central region station serving the civic district, Bencoolen station encounters moderate demand levels owing to its close proximity to Dhoby Ghaut and Bras Basah stations.


Downtown Line Stage 3 (DTL3) Contract 936 for the construction and completion of Bencoolen Station was awarded to Korean contractor Sato Kogyo (S) Pte Ltd, the local branch of the Japanese contractor, for approximately S$177.58 million.

To facilitate the deeep excavation required for the construction of the station, the section of Bencoolen Street between Prinsep Link and Bras Basah Road was closed from October 2011 to November 2016. During those years, the section of Prinsep Street / Selegie Road (between Middle Road and Bras Basah Road) was converted to two-way traffic as a diversion for Bencoolen Street.

Future Developments

Major Incidents


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