|Languages||后港 | ஹவ்காங்|
|Lines||North East Line|
|Opened||20 Jun 2003|
Hougang MRT Station (NE14) is an underground station along the North East Line (NEL), located within the Hougang Central planning subzone. The station sits underneath Hougang Central Bus Interchange, serving the town centre and surrounding HDB flats and shopping centres.
Hougang is the romanized version of Au-kang, which meant name “river end” in Hokkien and Teochew, in reference to the area located upstream of the Sungei Serangoon river. The station serves the town centre area, including the Hougang Mall, nearby community amenities, and large numbers of residential developments. Bus services are offered from the Hougang Central Bus Interchange, connecting to other parts of the estate.
First / Last Train Timings
|North East Line – NE14 Hougang
|Destination||First Train||Last Train|
|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 HarbourFront|
|Platform B||North East Line towards Punggol|
|Platform B: North East Line towards Punggol via Buangkok (→)
Platform A: North East Line towards HarbourFront via Kovan (←)
Hougang 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.
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. Additionally, a Transitlink Ticket Office at the concourse serves commuters from 1200hrs – 1930hrs daily.
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: “Hands Up for Hougang” by Seck Yok Ying
Hougang station showcases community art at its best with a work made from the handprints of 3000 people from babies to grandmothers, foreign workers to community leaders. Originally imprinted in wet clay, these handprints were later transferred onto concrete wall panels and arranged in a seamless sequence by the artists. An informal yet artistic cluster of seats reinforces the friendly feel of the station at platform level.
Civil Defence shelter
Hougang 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.
Hougang MRT station has three exits leading to ground level (A, B and C), two of which provide barrier-free accessibility for the disabled.
|A||Yes||Bus Interchange||Hougang Central Bus Interchange, Jalan Naung, Jalan Payoh Lai, Holy Innocents Primary School|
|B||Yes||Hougang Central||Hougang Mall, Cheng San Public Library, Kang Kar Mall, HDB Hougang Branch Office, Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (Main Office), Holy Innocents’ High School, The Midtown|
|C||No||Hougang Avenue 10||Hougang Polyclinic, Hougang Sports Centre, Montfort Junior School Montfort Secondary School, Punggol Community Centre|
- Public toilets at NEL concourse
- Bicycle parking at station exits
- 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
Hougang station connects to several bus stops in the vicinity, along with a taxi stand and passenger pick-up point, and a Park & Ride scheme carpark.
The station is linked to Hougang Central Bus Interchange and two nearby bus stops.
|No.||Bus stop||Exit||Bus Routes|
|Hougang Central Bus Interchange||A||27, 51, 74, 74e, 89, 89e, 102, 107, 107M, 112, 113, 116, 132, 147, 151, 151e, 153, 161, 165, 324, 325, 329|
|B/s 1||64541 – Hougang Ctrl (Hougang Ctrl Int)||A||72, 80, 87, 101|
|B/s 2||64549 – Hougang Ctrl (Opp Hougang Ctrl Int)||C||6N, 72, 80, 87, 101|
Taxi stands and pick-up/drop-off points are located next to North East Line station exits:
|B||Hougang Central (outside Blk 810)||Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point|
Park and Ride
Hougang station has one carpark in the vicinity designated under the Park & Ride (P&R) Scheme:
|Blk 805 Hougang Central||B||Multi-Storey Car Park|
Rail Bridging Services
In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting Hougang 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:
|North East Line|
|HarbourFront||Hougang Central Bus Interchange (Berth B4)||A|
|Punggol||Hougang Central Bus Interchange (Berth B6)||A|
In addition, passengers can board regular bus services at bus stops officially linked to Hougang station for free rides.
Passenger Usage Patterns
Serving the Hougang town centre area along with nearby commercial developments, community amenities, and large numbers of residential developments, Hougang station encounters high demand throughout the day.
North East Line (NEL) Contract 703 for the Design and Construction of Hougang and Kovan stations and tunnels was awarded to Samsung Corporation of Korea on 28 May 1997 for S$214.8 million.
On 12 August 2005, Train services were disrupted for several hours when a white box was found with a label that advised if the box was found that it should be untouched and left alone, leading passengers to believe it contained an explosive device. The culprit, Liu Tze Yuen, 42, a Chinese male, also left a similar package on Bus Service 151 the previous month (July 7) and on Bus Service 143 a month later (August 12). He was later sentenced to 3.5 years in jail.
On 2 April 2017, an unattended bag caused an evacuation and subsequent 1.5-hour shutdown of the station. Chinese National Wang Jianpo, a 39-year-old male construction worker, had left his luggage on the platform while running an errand. He was arrested at Hougang Station on the same day and later charged with causing a public nuisance. During the closure, trains in both directions skipped Hougang Station, and free bus boarding was activated between Kovan and Buangkok Stations. Wang was later fined S$1000 for “causing annoyance to the public”.
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