Choa Chu Kang MRT/LRT Station

 NS4  BP1 
Choa Chu Kang
Station Exit D
Languages 蔡厝港 | சுவா சூ காங்
Lines   North South Line
  Bukit Panjang LRT
Operators SMRT (NSL & BPLRT)
Structure Elevated (NSL & BPLRT)
Platforms Island (NSL)
Island & 2 Sides (BPLRT)
Opened 10 Mar 1990 (NSL)
6 Nov 1999 (BPLRT)

Choa Chu Kang MRT/LRT Station (NS4/BP1) is an interchange station along the North South Line (NSL), as well as the terminus of the Bukit Panjang LRT (BPLRT). Located within the Choa Chu Kang Central planning subzone, the station is overground station and located just off Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4.

Choa Chu Kang originally referred to the former Chua Chu Kang Village near the National Shooting Centre today. The name was used main arterial road heading eastbound towards Upper Bukit Timah Road, and later began to be applied to developments surrounding this arterial road where Choa Chu Kang New Town stands today.

Choa Chu Kang Station serves the town centre area, including the Lot 1 Shoppers’ Mall, nearby community amenities, and large numbers of residential developments. Bus services are offered from the Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange connecting to other parts of the estate.


First / Last Train Timings

North South Line – NS4 Choa Chu Kang
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
Daily
NS1 Jurong East 5:40am 6:03am 12:49am
NS28 Marina South Pier 5:25am 5:44am 10:55pm
NS27 Marina Bay 11:01pm
NS19 Toa Payoh 11:37pm
NS16 Ang Mo Kio 12:26am
Bukit Panjang LRT – BP1 Choa Chu Kang
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
Daily
Platform 1 5.13am 5.32am 12.55am
Platform 1 5.13am 5.32am 12.55am

Station Layout

L2 BPLRT Platform 1 Service A to  BP1  NS4  Choa Chu Kang via  BP13  Senja
Service B to  BP1  NS4  Choa Chu Kang via  BP7  Petir
BPLRT Platform 2
BPLRT Platforms 3 & 4 Alighting only
NSL Platform A North South Line towards  NS1  EW24  Jurong East
NSL Platform B North South Line towards  NS28  Marina South Pier
Mezzanine Transfer area Transfer area between North South Line (NSL) and Bukit Panjang LRT (BPLRT)
L1 MRT Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre, Shops
Street level Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point

Platforms

North South Line (L2):
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Platform A: North South Line towards  NS1  EW24  Jurong East via  NS3  Bukit Gombak (→)
Platform B: North South Line towards  NS28  Marina South Pier via  NS5  Yew Tee (←)
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Choa Chu Kang’s elevated North South Line platform level has two platforms in an island platform arrangement. Half-height Platform screen doors are installed at the platform edge for commuters’ safety, and High Volume, Low Speed (HVLS) fans keep passengers cool. Similar to most platforms along the Eastern side of the East West Line, a barrel vault roof design allows for a spacious interior that is easily navigated.

A set of escalators, stairs and lifts connect to the concourse level below. A new wing at the West end of the station accommodates escalators and stairs that lead directly to the Circle Line concourse.

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 station exits and the Circle Line platforms.

Bukit Panjang LRT (L2):
Platform 4: Alighting only
Platform 1 & 2: (Alternate services)
Service A to  BP1  NS4  Choa Chu Kang via  BP13  Senja and  BP2  South View (→)
Service B to  BP1  NS4  Choa Chu Kang via  BP7  Petir and  BP2  South View (→)
Platform 3: Alighting only

The Bukit Panjang LRT station is overground with one island platform for passenger boarding, and two side platforms for passenger alighting. 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 operate out of Choa Chu Kang station and are staggered one after the other. Both services run till Bukit Panjang, thereafter Service A plies the clockwise route (via  BP13  Senja), while Service B plies the counter-clockwise route (via  BP7  Petir), before returning to Bukit Panjang and back to Choa Chu Kang.

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 transfer area and station concourse.

Upgrades in 2016

Two new side platforms were constructed at Choa Chu Kang LRT station. The new Platforms 3 and 4 are used for alighting only, thereby freeing up the existing island platform (Platforms 1 and 2) solely for boarding activities. The segregation of boarding and alighting passengers speeds up the movement of commuters, which is very useful for a interchange station like Choa Chu Kang with heavy passenger movement. This arrangement is also known as the Spanish Solution.

The new platforms are not equipped with lifts, hence passengers in need of lifts have to alight at Platforms 1 and 2 for lift access. These new platforms were opened on 27th December 2016.

Concourse

Both the North South Line and Bukit Panjang LRT stations have a common concourse at ground level. The main ticket concourse is located underneath the North-South Line platforms, with stairs leading to a mezzanine level for passengers transferring between both lines. In addition, a new Exit E provides an alternative exit from mezzanine level, at the side of the BPLRT station.

The concourse 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 allow commuters to purchase tickets for single or multiple journeys, and along with a Transitlink Add-Value Machine, offer contactless card transactions. As with other BPLRT stations, Exit E 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.

At the NSL concourse, the station office functions as a Passenger Service Centre, where commuters may make travel inquiries or perform card transactions using cash payment. Retail shops and public toilets are located in the unpaid area of the NSL concourse.

Exits

Choa Chu Kang MRT/LRT station has five exits at ground level (A, B, C, D and E). All exits offer barrier-free accessibility with the exception of Exit E.

Exit Disabled access Location Nearby
A Yes Lot 1 Shoppers’ Mall Choa Chu Kang Centre, Choa Chu Kang NPC, Lot One Shoppers’ Mall, Choa Chu Kang Central Post Office, Choa Chu Kang Public Library, HDB Branch Office
B Yes Lot 1 Shoppers’ Mall Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4, Choa Chu Kang Central, South View Pri School, Community Club @ Keat Hong
C Yes Choa Chu Kang Int Choa Chu Kang Loop, Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange, Choa Chu Kang Park, Northvale Condominium, The Warren
D Yes Choa Chu Kang Int Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange
E No Lot 1 Shoppers’ Mall Choa Chu Kang Centre, Choa Chu Kang NPC, Lot One Shoppers’ Mall, Choa Chu Kang Central Post Office, Choa Chu Kang Public Library, HDB Branch Office

Station Amenities

  • Retail shops at NSL concourse (unpaid areas)
  • Public toilets at NSL concourse (unpaid areas)
  • ATMs and Self-service Machines within station concourse (unpaid areas)
  • Bicycle racks at station exits

Safety Features

  • Emergency Train Stop buttons on both NSL/BPLRT 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 NSL/BPLRT 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 NSL 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

Choa Chu Kang station connects to a bus interchange, several bus stops in the vicinity, as well as taxi stands and passenger pick-up points at selected exits.

Bus

The station is linked to Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange and two other bus stops in the vicinity .

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange C / D 67, 172, 188, 188E, 188R, 190, 300, 301, 302, 307, 308, 925, 927, 983, 985, BPS1, NR3
B/s 1 44539 – Choa Chu Kang Ave 4 (Lot 1 Shoppers’ Mall) B 172, 190, 307, 308, 925, 927, 975, 985, BPS1
B/s 2 44531 – Choa Chu Kang Ave 4 (Opp Choa Chu Kang Stn) B 307, 925, 927, 975, BPS1, NR3

Road

Taxi stands and pick-up/drop-off points are located near various station exits:

Exit Road Provisions
B / D Choa Chu Kang Ave 4 (Eastbound), outside Blk 303 MSCP Taxi stand
A / B / D Lot 1 Shoppers’ Mall driveway Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point

Rail Bridging Services

In the event of a MRT/LRT service disruption affecting Choa Chu Kang station, rail bridging services may be activated to ply affected stretches of the North-South Line or Bukit Panjang LRT. In which case, the buses can be boarded from the following bus stops:

Towards Bus stop Exit
North South Line
 NS1  EW24  Jurong East Choa Chu Kang Interchange (Berth B5) C / D
 NS28  Marina South Pier Choa Chu Kang Interchange (Berth B1) C / D
Bukit Panjang LRT
LRT A (via  BP13  Senja) B/s 2: 44531 – Choa Chu Kang Ave 4 (Opp Choa Chu Kang Stn) B
LRT B (via  BP7  Petir) B/s 2: 44531 – Choa Chu Kang Ave 4 (Opp Choa Chu Kang Stn) B

In the event of a large-scale rail disruption affecting multiple lines, special shuttle bus services may be activated in addition to the usual bus bridging services. They are:

Route Bus stop Exit
Choa Chu Kang – Jurong East (Loop) Choa Chu Kang Interchange C / D

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


Passenger Usage Patterns

As an interchange station in the heart of the Choa Chu Kang town centre, Choa Chu Kang MRT/LRT station is well-utilized by commuters living in the estate, or heading to various amenities in the vicinity such as Lot One Shoppers’ Mall, Choa Chu Kang Centre, Choa Chu Kang Public Library and Community Club @ Keat Hong (U/C). This station also serves plenty of transfer commuters between both rail lines, as the North South Line connects to 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.

Construction Trivia

Two additional side platforms for the Choa Chu Kang LRT were opened on 27 December 2016.

Future Developments


Major Incidents


Gallery

Gallery (Unopened LRT Platforms 3/4):
Gallery (Completed LRT Platforms 3/4):
Diagram of new LRT platforms
Diagram of new LRT platforms

External Links & References

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