Newton MRT Station

 NS21  DT11 
Newton
Station exit B
Languages 纽顿 | நியூட்டன்
Lines   North South Line
  Downtown Line
Operators SMRT (NSL)
SBS Transit (DTL)
Structure Underground
(NSL & DTL)
Platforms Island (NSL & DTL)
Opened 12 Dec 1987 (NSL)
22 Dec 2013 (DTL)

Newton MRT Station (NS21/DT11) is an underground interchange station located in the Newton Circus planning subzone, connecting the North South Line (NSL) and the Downtown Line (DTL). Located at the junction of Scotts Road and Bukit Timah Road, near Newton Circus, the station brings rail connections to the Newton area, with offices, condominiums, schools, places and worship and the popular Newton Food Centre in the vicinity.

A conventional interchange station, both lines built in different eras share different platforms and concourse levels. The DTL platform, at Basement 4, cuts underneath the older NSL tunnel, at Basement 2.

The two lines are connected only by an unpaid link owing to construction limitations. Commuters transferring lines would have to tap out of the network and walk 56m along a public linkway and re-enter the network, with a transfer window of 15 minutes.


First / Last Train Timings

North South Line – NS21 Newton
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays Sat Sun &
PHs
Daily
NS1 Jurong East 5:59am 6:13am 6:20am 12:03am
NS7 Kranji 12:20am
NS28 Marina South Pier 5:46am 5:46am 6:11am 11:45pm
NS27 Marina Bay 11:48pm
Downtown Line – DT11 Newton
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
Daily
DT1 Bukit Panjang 5:56am 6:16am 12:28am
DT35 Expo 5:51am 6:11am 11:54pm

Station Layout

L1 Street level Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
B1 NSL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre, Shops
Transfer Linkway Unpaid link between NSL and DTL stations
B2 DTL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre, Shops
NSL Platform A North South Line towards  NS1  EW24  Jurong East
NSL Platform B North South Line towards  NS28  Marina South Pier
B4 DTL Platform B Downtown Line towards DT35CG1 Expo
DTL Platform A Downtown Line towards  DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang

Level B3 are service floors and not for public access.

Platforms

North South Line (B2):
Platform B: North South Line towards  NS28  Marina South Pier via  NS22  Orchard (→)
Platform A: North South Line towards  NS1  EW24  Jurong East via  NS20  Novena (←)
Downtown Line (B3):
Platform B: Downtown Line towards DT35CG1 Expo via  DT12  NE7  Little India (→)
Platform A: Downtown Line towards  DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang via  DT10  Stevens (←)

Newton station has four platforms utilized by both rail lines for trains travelling in either direction, arranged in a island platform layout for each rail line. The newer Downtown Line cuts underneath the North South Line, and the platforms serving both lines are connected with a transfer linkway at concourse level, within paid areas of the station. 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 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.

Concourse

Both North South Line (B1) and Downtown Line (B2) ticket 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 Transitlink Add Value Machines (NSL concourse) and Top-up Machines (DTL concourse), offer contactless card transactions. Station offices at both NSL and DTL concourses are staffed during operating hours, where commuters may make travel inquiries or perform card transactions using cash payment.

24-hour underpass between NSL / DTL faregates
24-hour underpass between NSL / DTL faregates

Owing to construction limitations, both NSL and DTL stations are not connected by a paid link. Instead, commuters transferring between train lines have to exit and re-enter at the fare gates, the first time this was implemented along the Singapore rail network (introduced along with Bukit Panjang station). Between the NSL and DTL faregates, commuters must tap out and then tap in again when transferring lines, with a transfer window of 15 minutes. Commuters who take longer than 15 minutes will have their connecting rail journey considered as a new ride.

The 56-metre walk between the faregates of both stations is part of a 24-hour public underpass under Scotts Road, built as part of the original NSL station.

Lifts and escalators connect the concourse to street level. A public toilet is located in the unpaid area of the DTL concourse, near the Passenger Service Centre, and another at street level, beside Exit B.

 Art in Transit: “Newton” by MessyMsxi

An two-storey artwork by Tan Zi Xi, ‘Newton’ draws inspiration from the heritage of Singapore and the Newton area, featuring the imagined landscape of Singapore in 2200 as the need for more living space grows. Most importantly, it envisions an alternate reality of how it may look as we progress, evolve and develop to new heights and deep under, using our ingenuity, mindfulness and creativity.

Civil Defence shelter

Newton station is one of six underground stations along the North-South 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.

Exits

Newton MRT station has three exits at ground level (A, B, and C), all of which are equipped with stairs and escalators, with lifts providing barrier-free accessibility for the disabled.

Exit Disabled access Location Nearby
A Yes Scotts Road
(Northbound)
Goldbell Towers, Prudential @ Scotts, Reignwood Hamilton Scotts, Sheraton Towers
B Yes Scotts Road
(Southbound)
Ascott Centre for Excellence, Cairnhill CC, Environment Building, MOE Language Centre (Newton), Newton Food Centre, Orchard Scotts, UOB Kay Hian
C Yes Bukit Timah Road Alliance Française De Singapour, Balmoral Plaza, Beulah House, Dunearn Gardens, Gilstead Two, Far Eastern Bible College, Liberté @ Sarkies, Life Bible-Presbyterian Church, Newton One, Portofino, Rising Suites, Sarkies Gardens, Sarkies Green, Sarkies Mansions, Sharon Bible Presbyterian Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Hermitage, Trilight

Station Amenities

  • Public toilets at NSL, DTL concourse level
  • Retail outlet at NSL 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

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

Bus

There are four official bus stops linked to Newton station.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
B/s 1 40189 – Scotts Rd (Newton Stn Exit B) B 5, 54, 124, 128, 143, 162/M, 167, 171, 518/A, 700/A
B/s 2 40181 – Scotts Rd (Newton Stn Exit A) A 5, 54, 124, 128, 143, 162/M, 167, 171, 700/A, NR1
B/s 3 40041 – Bt Timah Rd (Newton Stn Exit C) C 48, 66, 67, 170/A, 171, 700/A, 960
B/s 4 40049 – Dunearn Rd (Opp Newton Stn Exit C) C 48, 66, 67, 170, 171, 700/A, 960

Road

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

Exit Road Provisions
A Scotts Road (Northbound) Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
B Scotts Road (Southbound) Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
C Bukit Timah Rd Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point

Rail Bridging Services

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

Towards Bus stop Exit
North South Line
 NS1  EW24  Jurong East B/s 2: 40181 – Scotts Rd (Newton Stn Exit A) A
 NS28  Marina South Pier B/s 1: 40189 – Scotts Rd (Newton Stn Exit B) B
Downtown Line
 DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang B/s 3: 40041 – Bt Timah Rd (Newton Stn Exit C) C
DT35CG1 Expo B/s 4: 40049 – Dunearn Rd (Opp Newton Stn Exit C) C

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


Passenger Usage Patterns

Located in the Newton area, the station serves offices, condominiums, schools, places and worship and the popular Newton Food Centre in the vicinity. As such, Newton station sees moderate commuter traffic throughout the day. As an interchange station between the North South Line and Downtown Line, the station is also utilized frequently by transfer passengers between both rail lines.

Construction Trivia

The North South Line station was constructed underneath Scotts Road rather than Newton Circus to avoid complications with tunneling underneath the complicated intersection.

Downtown Line Stage 2 (DTL2) Contract 920 for the Design and Construction of Newton station and tunnels was awarded to Chinese company Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co. Ltd. for approximately S$356 million in Sep 2009.

Future Developments


Major Incidents

Fire incident

On 13 Feb 2013 at around 9:05am, an electric cable in the northbound tunnel 5 metres from Newton station short-circuited, setting off a fire that filled the station with smoke. SCDF officers managed to put out the fire, and train services were disrupted for over two hours.


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