Jalan Besar MRT Station

Jalan Besar
惹兰勿刹 | ஜலன் பசார்
Lines Served   Downtown Line
Operator SBS Transit
Structure Underground
Platform Island
Opening on 21 October 2017

Jalan Besar MRT Station (DT22) is an underground station along the Downtown Line (DTL) Stage 3. It is built underneath the main road of Jalan Besar, at the junction with Weld Road, and serves the nearby civic districts around the Little India and Sungei Road planning areas.

The station is named after Jalan Besar, the main road which literally means “large road” in Malay. Despite being in close proximity to DT13 Rochor station, these stations are eight stations apart along the Downtown Line and not connected by pedestrian links. Here, the deep DTL tunnels run underneath the North-South Expressway and the Rochor-Bugis section of the DTL.

The station is built in close proximity to the HDB estates of Rowell Court and Kelantan Court, Sim Lim Tower, as well as shophouses and schools which spread around the area. The nearby Queen Street Bus terminal offers bus connections to Johor Bahru.

First / Last Train Timings

Downtown Line – DT22 Jalan Besar
Destination First Train Last Train
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
DT1 Bukit Panjang
DT35 Expo

Station Layout

L1 Street level Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
B1 Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre
B? Platform B Downtown Line towards  DT35  CG1  Expo
Platform A Downtown Line towards  DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang


Platform B: Downtown Line towards  DT35  CG1  Expo via  DT23  Bendemeer (→)
Platform A: Downtown Line towards  DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang via  DT21  Bencoolen (←)

Jalan Besar 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.

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.

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.

A public toilet is located in the unpaid area of the DTL concourse.

Art in Transit: TBC



Station Amenities

  • Public toilets at DTL concourse

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 (TBC)

Rail Bridging Services (TBC)

Passenger Usage Patterns

As a Central region station serving the civic and cultural district of Little India / Sungei Road, Jalan Besar station encounters moderate to high demand levels owing to its close proximity to Little India.


Downtown Line Stage 3 (DTL3) Contract 936 for the construction and completion of Jalan Besar Station was awarded to Leighton Offshore Pte Ltd – John Holland Pty Ltd (Singapore Branch) Joint Venture for approximately S$171.46 million. For both Australian companies with extensive experience in the construction of railway projects, it was their first MRT contract in Singapore.

The working name for Jalan Besar station was Sungei Road station. During construction, Jalan Besar was diverted around construction site, curving eastwards and almost touching Larut Road.

Future Developments

Major Incidents


External Links & References

2 thoughts on “Jalan Besar MRT Station

  • 8 May 2017 at 9:53 AM

    Dear person uncharge.

    I am wondering if there is a n underground passage pedestrian to walk with ease from rain and sun from Jalan Besar met to Rochor met will be most useful.

    Please let me know will there be such underground pedestrian walkway connecting the two stations?

    Thank you,

    • 8 May 2017 at 3:07 PM

      There will be no underground pedestrian walkway between Rochor and Jalan Besar MRT Station.


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