|Languages||万国 | புவாங்கோக்|
|Lines||North East Line|
|Opened||15 Jan 2006|
Buangkok MRT Station (NE15) is an underground station along the North East Line (NEL), located within the Compassvale planning subzone. The station sits underneath Sengkang Central, near the junction with Compassvale Bow.
The station is one of two completed MRT stations that remained closed when the NEL opened on 20th June 2003, the other being Woodleigh. With insufficient commuter traffic to justify the opening of the station, it remained closed until 15th January 2006, when it was opened despite insufficient ridership, hence operating at a loss.
With the surrounding areas more built-up now, the station serves nearby schools and housing estates in the area.
First / Last Train Timings
|North East Line – NE15 Buangkok
|Destination||First Train||Last Train|
|L1||Street level||Bus stops, Taxi stand, Pick-up/drop-off point|
|B1||Concourse||Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre|
|B2||Platform A||North East Line towards HarbourFront|
|Platform B||North East Line towards Punggol|
|Platform B: North East Line towards Punggol via Sengkang (→)
Platform A: North East Line towards HarbourFront via Hougang (←)
Buangkok 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. With the concourse level wrapping around the platform, the ceiling is two floors high at platform level, conveying a spacious feel. A set of escalators, stairs and lifts connect to the concourse above.
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. An unpaid corridor runs between both ends of the station, allowing pedestrians to commute between station exits without having to enter the rail network.
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.
Art in Transit: “Water, Nature and the Contemporary” by Vincent Leow
Exuberant and experimental, this contemporary works speaks for the vitality of Buangkok New Town. Selected images and archival photos of life in Singapore are embellished with dots, graphic motifs and bands, all in bold primary colours. Hard to miss when going up or down the escalators, the works add vitality and splashes of colour to the station.
Civil Defence shelter
Buangkok NEL station is one of thirteen stations along the North East Line designated as Civil Defence (CD) shelters, which will be activated in times of national emergency. Apart from reinforced construction, the stations are designed and equipped with facilities to ensure the shelter environment is tolerable for all shelterees during shelter occupation. These facilities include protective blast doors, decontamination facilities, ventilation systems, power and water supply systems and a dry toilet system.
Buangkok MRT station has two exits leading to ground level (A and B), both of which provide barrier-free accessibility for the disabled.
|A||Yes||Sengkang Central (Northbound)||Compassvale Ancilla Park, Compassvale Helm, Palm View Primary School, Masjid Al-Mawaddah, Esparina Residences, Jewel @ Bangkok|
|B||Yes||Sengkang Central (Southbound)||Aspella, Atrina, Compassvale Arcadia, The Coris, The Quartz, North Vista Primary School, Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council (Sengkang Office), Pu Ti Buddhist Temple, Sengkang Fire Station|
- Public toilets at NEL concourse
- Bicycle parking at station exits
- 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
Buangkok station connects to several bus stops in the vicinity, along with taxi stands and passenger pick-up points.
The station is linked to two bus stops in the vicinity.
|No.||Bus stop||Exit||Bus Routes|
|B/s 1||67601 – Sengkang Ctrl (Buangkok Stn)||B||27, 43, 43M, 102|
|B/s 2||67609 – Sengkang Ctrl (Buangkok Stn)||A||27, 43, 43M, 102|
Taxi stands and pick-up/drop-off points are located next to North East Line station exits:
|A||Sengkang Central (Northbound)||Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point|
|B||Sengkang Central (Southbound)||Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point|
Rail Bridging Services
In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting Buangkok station, rail bridging services (also called MRT breakdown shuttle buses) may be activated to ply affected stretches of the North East Line. In which case, the buses can be boarded from the following bus stops:
|North East Line|
|HarbourFront||B/s 1: 67601 – Sengkang Ctrl (Buangkok Stn)||B|
|Punggol||B/s 2: 67609 – Sengkang Ctrl (Buangkok Stn)||A|
In addition, passengers can board regular bus services at bus stops officially linked to Buangkok station for free rides.
Passenger Usage Patterns
Serving limited numbers of schools and residential developments, Buangkok station encounters low demand throughout the day.
Contract 702 for Sengkang and Buangkok stations and connecting tunnels (including reception tunnels to Sengkang Depot) was awarded to Sato Kogyo-Hock Lian Seng Engineering Joint Venture on 26 April 1997 at $166.4 million.
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