MacPherson MRT Station

 CC10  DT26 
MacPherson
麦波申 | மெக்பர்சன்
MacPherson MRT Station - Exit E
MacPherson MRT Station – Exit E
Lines Served   Circle Line
  Downtown Line
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/DT26) is an underground interchange station along the Circle Line (CCL) Stage 2 and Downtown Line Stage 3, 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.

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
Weekdays
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
Daily
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
Weekdays
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
Daily
DT1 Bukit Panjang 5:56am 6:14am 12:00am
DT35 Expo 6:03am 6:23am 12:23am

Station Layout

L1 Street level Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
B1 CCL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre,
Unpaid Link between Circle Line & Downtown Line Stations
B2 Platform A Circle Line towards  CC29  NE1  HarbourFront
Platform B Circle Line towards  CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut
DTL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre
Unpaid Link between Circle Line & Downtown Line Stations
B3 Staff Only  
B4 Platform C Downtown Line towards  DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang
Platform D Downtown Line towards  DT35  CG1  Expo

Platforms

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 MRT Station on the Circle Line 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.

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.

From the Circle Line platform, paid links are available to the Downtown Line platforms at both ends of the platform.

Downtown Line (B4):
Platform D: Downtown Line towards  DT35  CG1  Expo via  DT27  Ubi (→)
Platform C: Downtown Line towards  DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang via  DT25  Mattar (←)

MacPherson MRT Station on the Downtown Line has two platforms in a side 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. A set of escalators, stairs and lifts connect each platform 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.

From the Downtown Line Platform, a paid link is available through lifts and escalators directly to the Circle Line Platforms.

Concourse (B1/B2):

Both the Circle Line (Basement 1) and Downtown Line (Basement 2) station concourses 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.

Toilets are located at concourse level, near the Passenger Service Centre. There are no retail shops within this station. Unpaid links connect both Circle Line and Downtown Line concourses.

Paid Link between Circle Line & Downtown Line Platforms

From the Circle Line platforms, paid links are located at both ends on the platforms, while the paid link at the Downtown Line is located at one end of the platform.

Circle Line 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.

MacPherson MRT Station - Art In Transit 'Trail of Thoughts'
MacPherson MRT Station – Art In Transit ‘Trail of Thoughts’

Downtown Line Art in Transit: “Trail of Thoughts” by Aminah Mohd Sa’at (Neng)

Trail of Thoughts‘ – a typographical installation within MacPherson station expressing the voices of the neighbourhood’s residents. Turning ordinary statements and phrases into larger-than-life typographical artwork, ‘Trail of Thoughts‘ draws attention to the often-missed daily sentiments and experiences of ordinary people. Th diverse ethnicity of the MacPherson neighbourhood is reflected through artwork rendered in Singapore’s four official languages – English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil – inviting viewers to re-discover this uniqueness through artistic typography play.

The minimalist interfaces of MacPherson station assimilate with the rhythm of its alternating panels guiding ‘Trail of Thoughts‘ to blend in seamlessly with the station’s architecture and interiors, subtly shaping the environment, much like how one’s thoughts and feelings shape the texture of a community and place.

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.

Exits

MacPherson MRT station has five exits at ground level (A, B and C), among which only Exit C does not provide barrier-free accessibility for the disabled.

Exit Disabled access Location Nearby
A Yes Paya Lebar Road / Circuit Link Aztech, Cheng Hong Siang Tng Temple, Geylang NPC, Kim Hong Temple, Paya Ubi Industrial Park, Public Transport Security Command, Seng Hong Temple, Society of Sheng Hong Welfare Services, Ubi Techpark
B Yes Paya Lebar Road / Arumugam Road Ubi Ave 2, A-Z @ Paya Lebar, Da Sheng Kong Temple, Fang Huo Yuan Temple, Kampung Ubi Industrial Estate, Tien Seng Tua Temple, Traffic Police, Trinity Christian Centre
C No Paya Lebar Road  
D Yes Circuit Road / Pipit Road MacPherson NPP, MacPherson Moral & Family Service Centre
E Yes Circuit Link / Circuit Road Circuit Road Market & Food Centre

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.

Bus

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, 137, 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

Road

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
E Circuit Road Taxi Stand, 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 B/s 1: 70371 – Circuit Link (MacPherson Stn Exit A) E
 DT35  CG1  Expo B/s 4: 70379 – Circuit Link (Opp MacPherson Stn Exit A) E

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


Passenger Usage Patterns

MacPherson station serves both industrial areas and residential areas. Aside from being a transfer stop for passengers connecting between the Circle and Downtown Lines, the station encounters moderate demand throughout most of the day with increased passenger numbers during peak hours.

Construction

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.

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