MacPherson MRT Station

 CC10  DT26 
麦波申 | மெக்பர்சன்
Station Exit B
Station Exit B
Lines Served   Circle Line
  Downtown Line (U/C)
Operator SMRT (CCL)
SBS Transit (DTL)
Structure Underground
Platform Island (CCL) | Side (DTL)
Opened on 17 Apr 2010 (CCL)
21 Oct 2017 (DTL)

MacPherson MRT Station (CC10) is an underground station along the Circle Line (CCL) Stage 2, located at the boundaries of the MacPherson and Kampong Ubi planning subzones. It is built underneath Paya Lebar Road, at the junction with Circuit Link and Ubi Avenue 2. By Year 2017, MacPherson station will be an interchange station with the Downtown Line Stage 3, with the station code  CC10  DT26  .

The station, and the nearby housing estate, is named after Colonel Ronald Macpherson, the first Colonial Secretary of the Straits Settlements in 1867. MacPherson Station serves the MacPherson housing estate and the Ubi industrial estate, with a mix of commercial, industrial buildings, housing board flats and a school in the vicinity.

First / Last Train Timings

Circle Line – CC10 MacPherson
Destination First Train Last Train
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
CC1 Dhoby Ghaut 5:37am 6:04am 11:46pm
CC7 Mountbatten 12:23am
CC29 HarbourFront 5:42am 6:09am 11:06pm
CC26 Pasir Panjang 11:36pm
CC23 one-north 11:52pm
CC17 Caldecott 12:20am
CC11 Tai Seng 12:28am
Downtown Line – DT26 MacPherson
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
B2 Platform A Circle Line towards  CC29  NE1  HarbourFront
Platform B Circle Line towards  CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut
B3 (U/C) Platform A Downtown Line towards  DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang (Under construction)
Platform B Downtown Line towards  DT35  CG1  Expo (Under construction)


Circle Line (B2):
Platform A: Circle Line towards  CC29  NE1  HarbourFront via  CC11  Tai Seng (→)
Platform B: Circle Line towards  CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut via  CC9  EW8  Paya Lebar (←)

MacPherson station has two platforms in an island platform arrangement. Full-height Platform screen doors isolate the air-conditioned station from the tunnel environment, enhancing commuter safety and station comfort. A set of escalators, stairs and a lift connects the platform level to the concourse level one floor above. With the concourse wrapping around the platform, a large interior space is created around the platform, giving the impression of spaciousness.

Currently, a section of the platform behind the Concourse-Platform escalators is boarded up for construction works, which will likely accommodate a paid link to the future Downtown Line platform built underneath the current Circle Line platform.

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.

Downtown Line (B3):
Platform B: Downtown Line towards  DT35  CG1  Expo via  DT27  Ubi (→)
Platform A: Downtown Line towards  DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang via  DT25  Mattar (←)


The station concourses at Basement 1 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 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.

Currently, parts of the concourse are boarded up, indicating future links to the Downtown Line station. Toilets are located at concourse level, near the Passenger Service Centre. There are no retail shops within this station.

Art in Transit: “Virtuous Cycle” by Kay Kok Chung Oi

Virtuous Cycle signifies the symbolic meaning of Macpherson Station, portraying, the congregation of human dynamism and its cerebral energy, channelled and sustained by the ‘machinery’ of the station. The colourful arrows signify the public converging upon the Macpherson vicinity while the red rectangles represent Macpherson Station. The station performs the role of a conduit, connecting the populace to Macpherson, as well as celebrating the continuous vibrancy of the Macpherson community itself.

Civil Defence shelter

MacPherson CCL station is one of eleven stations along the Circle 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.


Prior to the opening of Downtown Line 3, MacPherson MRT station has three exits at ground level (A, B and C), among which only Exits A and B provide barrier-free accessibility for the disabled.

Exit Disabled access Location Nearby
A Yes Circuit Link Circuit Road / Lorong Bengkok, MacPherson Estate, Blk 80 Market and Hawker Centre, Ace Building, AZ @ Paya Lebar, Citipoint @ Paya Lebar, Da Sheng Kong Chinese Temple, Macpherson Secondary School, Swee Hong Industrial Building, Tien Sen Tua Temple
B Yes Arumugam Road Geylang NPC, Kampong Ubi Industrial Estate, Starhub Green, Seng Ong Temple, LTC Building, Oneten Paya Lebar, Cheng Hong Siang Tng Kew Huang Keng Combined Temple
C Yes Paya Lebar Road ITE College Central
TBC Circuit Link
TBC Circuit Road Blk 70 / 71

Station Amenities

  • Public toilets at concourse level
  • Bicycle racks at station exits
  • ATMs and Self-service Machines at concourse level

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

MacPherson station connects to several bus stops in the vicinity, and passenger pick-up points.


There are four official bus stops linked to MacPherson station.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
B/s 1 70371 – Circuit Link (MacPherson Stn Exit A)
A 61, 63, 63M, 65, 66, 135, 154, 158
B/s 2 70259 – Paya Lebar Rd (MacPherson Stn Exit B) B 24, 28, 43, 70, 70M, 76, 80, 135, 154
B/s 3 70251 – Paya Lebar Rd (MacPherson Stn Exit C) C 24, 28, 43, 70, 70M, 76, 80, 135, 154
B/s 4 70379 – Circuit Link (Opp MacPherson Stn Exit A) A 61, 63, 63M, 65, 66, 135, 154, 158


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

Exit Road Provisions
A Circuit Link (Eastbound) Pick-up/drop-off point
B Arumugam Road Pick-up/drop-off point

Rail Bridging Services

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

Towards Bus stop Exit
Circle Line
 CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut B/s 2: 70259 – Paya Lebar Rd (MacPherson Stn Exit B) B
 CC29  NE1  HarbourFront B/s 3: 70251 – Paya Lebar Rd (MacPherson Stn Exit C) C
Downtown Line
 DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang TBA
 DT35  CG1  Expo TBA

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

Passenger Usage Patterns

Paya Lebar is an important interchange station linking the East-West Line with the Circle Line, and as such, encounters large numbers of transfer passengers between the two lines. It also benefits shopping malls, as well as commercial and industrial developments in the vicinity, hence passenger traffic through this station is relatively high.


Circle Line Stage 2 (CCL2) Contract 822 for the construction and completion of MacPherson and Tai Seng stations and associated tunnels was awarded to local and Sweedish companies Econ Corporation Ltd-NCC Joint Venture for S$338.6 million.

Downtown Line Stage 3 (CCL3) Contract 931 for the construction of MacPherson station and assosciated tunnels was awarded to South Korean company Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. for S$188 million in April 2011.

Future Developments

Major Incidents


DT26 map
Station Box Map. Source:

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