Buangkok MRT Station

 NE15 
Buangkok
Station exit A
Languages 万国 | புவாங்கோக்
Lines   North East Line
Operator SBS Transit
Structure Underground
Platform Island
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
Weekdays Sat Sun &
PHs
Daily
NE1 Harbour-
Front
5:46am 5:46am 6:07am 11:32pm
NE17 Punggol 6:13am 6:28am 6:48am 12:24am

Station Layout

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  NE1  CC29  HarbourFront
Platform B North East Line towards  NE17  PTC  Punggol

Platforms (B2):

Platform B: North East Line towards  NE17  PTC  Punggol via  NE16  STC  Sengkang (→)
Platform A: North East Line  towards  NE1  CC29  HarbourFront via  NE14  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.

Concourse

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.

Exits

Buangkok MRT station has two exits leading to ground level (A and B), both of which provide barrier-free accessibility for the disabled.

Exit Disabled access Location Nearby
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

Station Amenities

  • Public toilets at NEL concourse
  • Bicycle parking at station exits

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

Buangkok station connects to several bus stops in the vicinity, along with taxi stands and passenger pick-up points.

Bus

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

Road

Taxi stands and pick-up/drop-off points are located next to North East Line station exits:

Exit Road Provisions
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:

Towards Bus stop Exit
North East Line
 NE1  CC29  HarbourFront B/s 1: 67601 – Sengkang Ctrl (Buangkok Stn) B
 NE17  PTC  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.

Construction Trivia

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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