Choa Chu Kang
|Languages||蔡厝港 | சுவா சூ காங்|
|Lines||North South Line
Bukit Panjang LRT
|Operators||SMRT (NSL & BPLRT)|
|Structure||Elevated (NSL & BPLRT)|
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|
|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|
|L2||BPLRT Platform 1||Service A to Choa Chu Kang via Senja
Service B to Choa Chu Kang via Petir
|BPLRT Platform 2|
|BPLRT Platforms 3 & 4||Alighting only|
|NSL Platform A||North South Line towards Jurong East|
|NSL Platform B||North South Line towards 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|
North South Line (L2):
|Platform A: North South Line towards Jurong East via Bukit Gombak (→)
Platform B: North South Line towards Marina South Pier via Yew Tee (←)
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 Choa Chu Kang via Senja and South View (→)
Service B to Choa Chu Kang via Petir and 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 Senja), while Service B plies the counter-clockwise route (via 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.
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.
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.
|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|
- 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
- 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
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.
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|
Taxi stands and pick-up/drop-off points are located near various station exits:
|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:
|North South Line|
|Jurong East||Choa Chu Kang Interchange (Berth B5)||C / D|
|Marina South Pier||Choa Chu Kang Interchange (Berth B1)||C / D|
|Bukit Panjang LRT|
|LRT Shuttle A (via Senja)||B/s 2: 44531 – Choa Chu Kang Ave 4 (Opp Choa Chu Kang Stn)||B|
|LRT Shuttle B (via 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:
|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. 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.
Two additional side platforms for the Choa Chu Kang LRT were opened on 27 December 2016.
Gallery (Unopened LRT Platforms 3/4):
Gallery (Completed LRT Platforms 3/4):
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