Bukit Panjang MRT/LRT Station

 BP6  DT1 
Bukit Panjang
LRT Station exit
Languages 武吉班让 | புக்கிட் சூ காங்
Lines   Downtown Line
  Bukit Panjang LRT
Operators SMRT (BPLRT)
SBS Transit (DTL)
Structure Elevated (BPLRT)
Underground (DTL)
Platforms Side (BPLRT)
Island (DTL)
Opened 6 Nov 1999 (BPLRT)
27 Dec 2015 (DTL)

Bukit Panjang MRT/LRT Station (BP6/DT1) is the western terminus of the Downtown Line (DTL), as well as an interchange station with the Bukit Panjang LRT (BPLRT). Located near the Bukit Panjang town centre, the DTL station is built underground, underneath Upper Bukit Timah Road, while the BPLRT station is overground, next to Petir Road.

Bukit Panjang means “long hill” in Malay, which gets its name from the range of hills stretching from Mandai to the north to Bukit Timah to the south. The station serves the Bukit Panjang housing estate, along with residential developments and shopping malls in the vicinity of Bukit Panjang Town Centre.

The two lines are connected by an unpaid link owing to construction limitations. Commuters transferring lines would have to tap out of the network, walk along a public linkway and re-enter the network, with a transfer window of 15 minutes.


First / Last Train Timings

Downtown Line – DT1 Bukit Panjang
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
Daily
DT35 Expo 5.30am 5.50am 11.35pm
Bukit Panjang LRT – BP6 Bukit Panjang
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
Daily
Platform 2
(Service A via Loop)
4.59am 5.18am 1.02am*
Platform 2
(Service B via Loop)
5.05am 5.24am 12.55am*
Platform 1
(Service A & B to CCK)
5.05am 5.24am 12.47am
Platform 1
(Service C^ to TMJ)
10.15am 10.15am 10.55pm

* = The last Service A and B trains out of Bukit Panjang (Platform 2) terminate at Bukit Panjang (Platform 1)
^ = Service C suspends operations between 4.15pm and 9.15pm on Weekdays, and operates continuously on Weekends and Public Holidays. The last Service C train from Ten Mile Junction (departing at 11.10pm) will terminate at Bukit Panjang station (Platform 1).


Station Layout

L2 BPLRT Platform 2 Service A to  BP1  NS4  Choa Chu Kang via  BP13  Senja
Service B to  BP1  NS4  Choa Chu Kang via  BP7  Petir
Service C to  BP14  Ten Mile Junction via  BP13  Senja
BPLRT Platform 1 Service A and B to  BP1  NS4  Choa Chu Kang
Service C to  BP14  Ten Mile Junction
Mezzanine Transfer area Link bridge between Bukit Panjang LRT (BPLRT) and Downtown Line (DTL), access to Hillion Mall
L1 LRT Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machine, Shop
Street level Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
B2 MRT Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Station control office, Transitlink Ticket Office, Retail shops, Basement access to Hillion Mall
B3 DTL Platform B Downtown Line towards DT35CG1 Expo
DTL Platform A Downtown Line towards DT35CG1 Expo

Platforms

Bukit Panjang LRT (L2):
Platform 2
Service A to  BP1  NS4  Choa Chu Kang via  BP13  Senja (→)
Service B to  BP1  NS4  Choa Chu Kang via  BP7  Petir (→)
Service C to  BP14  Ten Mile Junction via  BP13  Senja (→)
LRT_rail (1)
LRT_rail (1)
Platform 1
Service A & B to  BP1  NS4  Choa Chu Kang via  BP5  Phoenix (←)
Service C to  BP14  Ten Mile Junction (←)

Bukit Panjang LRT station is overground with two side platforms, utilized alternatively by Services A, B and C. Fixed, half-height barriers along the platform edge are installed for passenger safety, especially during peak hours when the small platform gets crowded. Services A and B are staggered one after the other and operate throughout the day, while Service C operates at 20-minute intervals (except during weekday peak hours).

From Platform 1, Service A and B both head to Choa Chu Kang station. Service C terminates at Ten Mile Junction,

From Platform 2, LRT services loop around the Bukit Panjang estate before returning to Bukit Panjang station. Service A and C ply the clockwise route (via  BP13  Senja), while Service B plies the counter-clockwise route (via  BP7  Petir).

Passenger Information Systems, which are LED displays located at each platform, display expected train arrival times and scrolls through messages, while an analog clock gives the time. Tactile flooring helps to guide the visually-handicapped from the platform to the station exits. Staircases and lifts connect both platforms to the mezzanine level and street level.

Downtown Line (B3):
MRT_rail (2)
Platform B: From Gali Batu Depot | Towards DT35CG1 Expo via  DT2  Cashew (→)
Platform A: Towards Gali Batu Depot (←) | DT35CG1 Expo via  DT2  Cashew (→)
MRT_rail (2)

The underground Downtown Line station also has two platforms, but in an island platform arrangement. Full-height Platform screen doors isolate the air-conditioned station from the tunnel environment, enhancing commuter safety and station comfort. A set of escalators, stairs and lifts connect to the concourse above. The ceiling is two floors high at platform level, conveying a spacious feel.

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.

As the terminus of the Downtown Line, both platforms are utilized alternatively for train turnarounds. Further up the line is Gali Batu Depot, and withdrawal trains will also pass by these platforms.

Concourse

Both BPLRT and DTL concourses feature 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 in both station concourses allow commuters to purchase tickets for single or multiple journeys, and along with a Transitlink Add-Value Machine (BPLRT) and Top-up Machine (DTL), offer contactless card transactions. As with other BPLRT stations, the concourse only has one ticketing machine serving both paid and unpaid areas, with a swing gate that allows either side to access the machine at any one time.

In the DTL concourse, the station office functions as a Passenger Service Centre, where commuters may make travel inquiries or perform card transactions using cash payment. While the BPLRT concourse is unmanned, an intercom system near the faregates allow for communication with the Operations Control Centre.

Retail shops are also present at both BPLRT and DTL concourses. A public toilet is located in the unpaid area of the DTL concourse, near the Passenger Service Centre.

The BPLRT mezzanine concourse links both platforms to an overhead bridge connecting to the DTL station. With no paid link, commuters must tap out and then tap in again when transferring lines, with a transfer window of 15 minutes. Commuters who take longer than 15 minutes will have their connecting rail journey considered as a new ride.

Art in Transit: “Punctum of the Long Hills” by John Clang

Placed in the DTL concourse, “Punctum of the Long Hills” showcases giant piggybacking Kampong boys peeking beyond HDB flats, a reference to Bukit Panjang which means “long hills” in Malay. The curiosity displayed encourages citizens to be adventurous, taking risks in exploring or identities and seeking out better opportunities. 

Civil Defence shelter

Bukit Panjang DTL station is one of six stations along the Downtown Line 2 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

Bukit Panjang MRT station has three exits at ground level (A1, A2, B). Exit A1 comprises a lift and staircase leading to the bus stop. Exit A2 comprises escalators, a lift and stairs leading to street level, as well as the transfer linkway to Bukit Panjang LRT. Basement Exit D leads directly to the basement level of Hillion Mall.

A fifth exit is reserved for a future underground link and exit at Bukit Panjang Road, near Senja estate.

Exit Location Nearby
A1 Upp Bt Timah Rd (Southbound) Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange, Hillion Mall and Residences, Maysprings Condo, Bukit Panjang Plaza, Bukit Panjang Public Library, Fajar Secondary School
A2
B Upp Bt Timah Rd (Northbound) Lor Ah Thia, Sri Murugan Hill Temple, Econ Medicare Centre, Junction 10
C Bukit Panjang Rd Senja Estate (U/C)
D Hillion Mall Hillion Mall (Basement)

Bukit Panjang LRT station has two exits at ground level (A, B) with two additional exits Exit C and D at mezzanine level leading to Hillion Mall and Residencwa.

Exit Location Nearby
A Petir Road Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange, Hillion Mall and Residences, Maysprings Condo, Bukit Panjang Plaza, Bukit Panjang Public Library, Fajar Secondary School
B
C Mezzanine level Linkbridge to Downtown Line station, Access to Hillion Mall and Residences
D

Station Amenities

  • Retail shops at BPLRT and DTL concourses (unpaid areas)
  • Public toilets at DTL concourse
  • TransitLink ticket office at DTL concourse 

Safety Features

  • Emergency Train Stop buttons on both BPLRT/DTL station platforms, 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 on both BPLRT/DTL station platforms and the intercom system inside the lifts enable commuters to communicate with station staff in the Operations Control Centre (BPLRT) or Passenger Service Centre (DTL).
  • Emergency door handles allow the DTL 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

Bukit Panjang station connects to several bus stops in the vicinity, as well as taxi stands and passenger pick-up points at selected exits, and and a Park and Ride scheme carpark.

Bus

There are two official bus stops linked to Bukit Panjang station. The Bukit Panjang Integrated Transport Hub is located inside Hillion Mall.

No. Bus stop DTL exit LRT exit Bus Routes
Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange A1/A2 A/C 176, 920, 922, 970, 972, 973, 975, 979/M
B/s 1 44029 Upp Bt Timah Rd – Bt Panjang Stn Exit A/LRT A1/A2 A 67, 170, 171, 176, 178, 180, 961/#, 963, 970
B/s 2 44021 Upp Bt Timah Rd – Bt Panjang Stn Exit B B -NA- 67, 170/A, 171, 176, 177, 178, 961/#, 963, 970

Road

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

Exit Road Provisions
A1/A2 Upp Bt Timah Rd (Southbound) Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
B Upp Bt Timah Rd (Northbound) Taxi stand

 


Rail Bridging Services

In the event of a MRT/LRT service disruption affecting Bukit Panjang station, rail bridging services may be activated to ply affected stretches of either line. In which case, the buses can be boarded from the following bus stops:

Towards Bus stop DTL exit LRT exit
Downtown Line
DT35CG1 Expo B/S 1: 44029 Upp Bt Timah Rd (Bt Panjang Stn Exit A/LRT) A1/A2 A
Bukit Panjang LRT
LRT A (via  BP13  Senja) 45009 Petir Rd (Bukit Panjang Int) Berth 1 A1/A2 B
LRT B (via  BP7  Petir) 45009 Petir Rd (Bukit Panjang Int) Berth 2 A1/A2 B
LRT A or B (to  BP1  NS4  Choa Chu Kang) 44731 Jelebu Rd (Opp Blk 180) A1/A2 B
LRT C No bridging provided

In addition, passengers can board regular bus services at Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange and bus stops officially linked to Bukit Panjang station for free rides.


Passenger Usage Patterns

As an interchange station in the heart of Bukit Panjang town, Bukit Panjang MRT/LRT station is well-utilized by commuters living in the area, or heading to various amenities in the vicinity such as Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange, Hillion Mall and Residences, Bukit Panjang Plaza, Bukit Panjang Public Library, Sri Murugan Hill Tp, Econ Medicare Centre and Junction 10. This station also serves plenty of transfer commuters between both rail lines, as the Downtown Line connects to the City Centre and other parts of the island, while the Bukit Panjang LRT provides the final connection to within walking distance of most of the estate’s residential apartments.

Owing to good bus connections in the vicinity, many bus routes also serve between Bukit Panjang and other stations down the line. Between Bukit Panjang and the City, several BKE-PIE express bus services offer comparable travel times (if not faster) than the Downtown Line.

Construction Trivia

Contract 912 for the Downtown Line Stage 2 (DTL2) for the design and construction at Bukit Panjang station and its associated tunnels was awarded to Lum Chang Building Contractors Pte Ltd at approximately S$452.4 million. The working name for this station was Petir station.

Future Developments

In the near future, Bukit Panjang will host a new Integrated Transport Hub (ITH) with the completion of Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange, integrated with the new HIllion Mall & Residences mixed development.

A new underpass leading to a new station exit at Bukit Panjang Road (near Blk 605) is scheduled to open in 2016, providing a direct link for commuters living in Senja estate or transferring to / from buses along Bukit Panjang Road.


Major Incidents


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3 thoughts on “Bukit Panjang MRT/LRT Station

  • 15 October 2017 at 11:30 PM
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    Hi Sally, the drop-off point for Exit A should be just before the Bus Stop, but it is still not opened due to construction work for Exit C.

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  • 11 September 2017 at 7:34 AM
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    Where is the drop-off point for Bt Panjang MRT station? It’s no where to be found. Post photo please! Other stations like Cashew and Hillview have huge allocated dropoff/pick-up points. But none is to be found at Bt Panjang station which has a huge passenger volume!

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    • 29 September 2017 at 8:55 PM
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      From what I know, the drop off point/taxi stand is after the bus stop (Exit B) of the Downtown Line.

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