HarbourFront MRT Station

 NE1  CC29 
HarbourFront
Station exit B
Languages 港湾 | துறைமுகம்
Lines   North East Line
  Circle Line
Operator SBS Transit (NEL)
SMRT (CCL)
Structure Underground
(NEL & CCL)
Platform Island (NEL & CCL)
Opened 20 Jun 2003 (NEL)
8 Oct 2011 (CCL)

HarbourFront MRT Station (NE1/CC29) is an underground interchange station along the North East Line (NEL) and Circle Line (CCL) Stage 5, serving as the terminating station of both lines. It is located within the Maritime Square planning subzone, built underneath Telok Blangah Road and adjacent to the Vivocity and HarbourFront Centre developments.

Formerly to be known as World Trade Centre station, the station and surrounding area was renamed to HarbourFront in the wake of the September 2011 terrorist attacks and in tandem with the demolition of exhibition halls. The name characterizes HarbourFront as a gateway to Keppel Harbour, lined with waterfront developments.

HarbourFront station serves the Vivocity shopping centre, nearby office buildings and is also a gateway for visitors heading for Sentosa Island and HarbourFront Cruise Terminal. Bus services are offered from the HarbourFront Bus Interchange in addition to many bus services along Telok Blangah Road.

Outside of the rail network, the separate Sentosa Express monorail also operates out of HarbourFront. Commuters should proceed to Vivocity Level 3 ( S1  Sentosa station) for monorail connections.


First / Last Train Timings

North East Line – NE1 HarbourFront
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays Sat Sun &
PHs
Daily
NE17 Punggol 5:50am 6:00am 6:20am 11:55pm
Circle Line – CC29 HarbourFront
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
Daily
CC1 Dhoby Ghaut 5:30am 5:51am 11:03pm
CC7 Mountbatten 11:40pm
CC12 Bartley 12:04am

Station Layout

L1 Street level HarbourFront Bus Interchange, Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
B2 NEL, CCL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre, TransitLink Ticket Office, Paid linkway between NEL and CCL concourses
B3 Platform A North East Line towards  NE17  PTC  Punggol
Platform B North East Line towards  NE17  PTC  Punggol
Platform A Circle Line terminating trains, alighting only
Platform B Circle Line towards  CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut

Platforms

North East Line (B2):
Platform B: North East Line towards  NE17  PTC  Punggol via  NE3  EW16  Outram Park (→)
Platform A: North East Line towards  NE17  PTC  Punggol  NE3  EW16  Outram Park (→)
Circle Line (B2):
Platform B: Circle Line terminating trains, alighting only
Platform A: Circle Line towards  CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut via  CC28  Telok Blangah (←)

HarbourFront station has four platforms, with the North East Line (NEL) and the Circle Line (CCL) occupying two platforms in an island platform arrangement, both at Basement 3. Full-height Platform screen doors isolate the air-conditioned station from the tunnel environment, enhancing commuter safety and station comfort. All platforms are served by a set of escalators, stairs and lifts which connect to the concourse and transfer linkway one floor 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 and other platforms on connecting rail lines.

For the NEL, only Platform A will be used to turnaround trains during the off-peak hours. During the peak hours, both platforms will be used. For the CCL, Platform A is used only for the alighting of passengers from trains arriving from Telok Blangah. Trains will switch tracks further up the line and return to Platform B to pick up a fresh load of passengers for its next journey.

Concourse

North East Line and Circle Line ticket concourses are both located at Basement 2. They 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 Top-up Machines, offer contactless card transactions. The station offices at each concourse function as a Passenger Service Centre, and is staffed during operating hours, where commuters may make travel inquiries or perform card transactions using cash payment.

A TransitLink ticket office is also located at this station, operating between 0800hrs and 2100hrs daily, but closed for mealbreak between 1600hrs to 1700hrs. Both concourses are connected with paid links and an unpaid corridor runs around the concourses, leading to various station exits. The CCL ticket concourse is located adjacent to an underground exit to Basement 2 of Vivocity.

Toilets are located in the unpaid areas of the concourse. There are several retail shops within the station.

NEL Art in Transit: “Enigmatic Appearances” by Ian Woo

Abstract images on blue vitreous enamel panels evoke a sense of open seas and ocean-bound vessels. This maritime theme is depicted through clean, uncluttered line drawings of nature, water and symbols of the marine industry rendered in the artist’s fluid, minimalist style. A pair of footprints located at platform level adds a gentle touch of humour to the southernmost station of the North East Line.

CCL Art in Transit: “Commuting Waves” by Jason Ong

Art In Transit
Art In Transit

The artwork consisting of a pair of three-dimensional waveforms draws a contextual link between HarbourFront and train commuters. It is derived through elements of chance by computing the travel patterns of commuters on a particular weekday and weekend. The pitch and spacing of the glass planes represent the passenger volumes and train frequencies during the operating hours. The fragmented planes developed through repetitions and variations are influenced by the gradual process of transformation in minimalist music while the arrangement of the colours and the images of HarbourFront water are determined by the principle of serial music composition. Commuting Waves is essentially a reflection of the rhythm and flow of human activities captured in time.

Civil Defence shelter

HarbourFront 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

HarbourFront MRT station has four exits leading ground level (A, B, C and D), among which Exits D does not offer barrier-free accessibility. Underground exit E leads to Basement 2 of the VivoCity shopping mall.

Passengers heading to HarbourFront Bus Interchange can use Exit A.

Exit Disabled access Location Nearby
A Yes HarbourFront Bus Interchange Telok Blangah Road, Seah Im Road, HarbourFront Bus Interchange, Seah Im Food Center
B Yes HarbourFront Centre HarbourFront Centre, Singapore Cruise Centre, Singapore Port Institute Building, Harbourfront Tower 1 & 2, Keppel Bay Tower, Merrill Lynch HarbourFront, Caribbean at Keppel Bay, Reflections at Keppel Bay, Singapore Cable Car
C Yes Telok Blangah Road
(Westbound)
St. James Power Station, Prima Tower, Sentosa Boardwalk, Sentosa Bridge, VivoCity
D No Telok Blangah Road
(Eastbound)
Telok Blangah Road, Temenggong Road, Harbourlights, Telok Blangah House, Bay Hotel, Temenggong Mosque, Mount Faber Park, Marang Trail
E Yes Vivocity
(Basement 2)
VivoCity, Sentosa Express monorail, Sentosa Boardwalk

Station Amenities

  • Public toilets at concourse level
  • ATMs and Self-service Machines at concourse level
  • TransitLink Ticket Office
    – Operating Hours: 0800hrs – 2100hrs daily
    Closed 1600hrs – 1700hrs for mealbreak

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

HarbourFront station connects to several bus stops in the vicinity, as well as taxi stands and passenger pick-up points.

Bus

There is a bus interchange and four official bus stops linked to HarbourFront station.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
HarbourFront Bus Interchange A 65, 80, 93, 123, 123M, 124, 188, 188E, 408, 855, 963, 963E
B/s 1 14119 – Telok Blangah Rd (Opp VivoCity) D 10, 30, 30e, 57, 61, 65, 80, 97, 97e, 100, 123, 123M, 131, 143, 145, 166, 855, NR1, NR6
B/s 2 14121 – Telok Blangah Rd (HarbourFront Stn) B 10, 30, 30e, 57, 61, 97, 97e, 100, 131, 143, 145, 166, 188R, 963R, RWS8
B/s 3 14129 – Telok Blangah Rd (HarbourFront Stn) A 10, 30, 30e, 57, 61, 65, 80, 97, 97e, 100, 123, 123M, 131, 143, 145, 166, 188R, 855, 963R, NR1, NR6
B/s 4 14141 – Telok Blangah Rd (VivoCity) C 10, 30, 30e, 57, 61, 65, 80, 97, 97e, 100, 123, 123M, 131, 143, 145, 166, 855, NR1, NR6, RWS8

Road

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

Exit Road Provisions
B HarbourFront Centre Taxi stand
C Vivocity Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
D Telok Blangah Road (Eastbound) Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point

Rail Bridging Services

In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting HarbourFront station, rail bridging services (also called MRT breakdown shuttle buses) may be activated to ply affected stretches of the North East Line or Circle Line. In which case, the buses can be boarded from the following bus stops:

Towards Bus stop Exit
North East Line
 NE17  PTC  Punggol HarbourFront Bus Interchange A
Circle Line
 CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut HarbourFront Bus Interchange A

In addition, passengers can board regular bus services at bus stops officially linked to HarbourFront station for free rides.


Passenger Usage Patterns

HarbourFront is an important interchange station linking the North East Line with the Circle Line, and as such, encounters large numbers of transfer passengers between the two lines. Serving commuters in and out of the popular Sentosa and HarbourFront areas, passenger traffic through this station is high throughout the day.

Construction

North East Line Contract 711 for the construction and completion of World Trade Centre station and associated tunnels was awarded to Korean company Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. The working name for HarbourFront station was World Trade Centre Station.

Circle Line Stage 5 (CCL5) Contract C856 for the construction of West Coast, Pasir Panjang, Alexandra, Telok Blangah and HarbourFront stations and associated tunnels was awarded to local company Sembawang Engineers & Constructors Pte Ltd.

LTA spent S$8.2 million to extend the North East Line’s overrun tunnel by around 50 metres to facilitate faster train turnarounds. Works were completed by end 2014.

Future Developments

Circle Line Stage 6 between HarbourFront and Marina Bay stations is scheduled for completion in 2025.


Major Incidents


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