|Languages||巴耶利峇 | பாய லேபார்|
|Lines||East West Line
|Operator||SMRT (EWL & CCL)|
Double Island (CCL)
|Opened||4 Nov 1989 (EWL)
17 Apr 2010 (CCL)
Paya Lebar MRT Station (EW8/CC9) is an interchange station along the East-West Line (EWL) and Circle Line (CCL) Stage 2, located in the Geylang planning area. It is built along Paya Lebar Road, near the junction with Sims Avenue. Connecting the elevated EWL station with the underground CCL station, it was the first elevated-underground interchange station built.
The station is named after the Paya Lebar estate located where Paya Lebar Air Base is now, whose name in Malay refers to a “broad swampland”, an apt description of the area in its early days. Paya Lebar Station is misleadingly named, located far from the original estate, but its role as a major transport node has influenced the misnaming of nearby buildings such as Paya Lebar Square.
Paya Lebar Station serves the Geylang East area, with a mix of commercial, industrial and residential developments. It is located near Aljunied, Eunos and Geylang East Industrial Estates, and within walking distance of housing estates at Geylang Serai and Haig Road. Nearby shopping malls include Paya Lebar Square, Tanjong Katong Complex, City Plaza and One KM Mall.
First / Last Train Timings
|East West Line – EW8 Paya Lebar
|Destination||First Train||Last Train|
|EW1 Pasir Ris||6:11am||6:39am||12:22am|
|EW33 Tuas Link||5:46am||6:12am||11:41pm|
|Circle Line – CC9 Paya Lebar
|Destination||First Train||Last Train|
|CC1 Dhoby Ghaut||5:40am||6:07am||11:49pm|
|CC26 Pasir Panjang||–||–||11:34pm|
|CC11 Tai Seng||–||–||12:26am|
|L2||Platform A||East West Line towards Pasir Ris|
|Platform B||East West Line towards Tuas Link|
|L1||Street level||Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point|
|EWL Concourse||Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre|
|B1||CCL Concourse||Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre|
|B2||Platform A||Circle Line towards HarbourFront|
|Platform B||Circle Line towards Dhoby Ghaut|
East West Line (L2):
|Platform A: East West Line towards Pasir Ris via Eunos (→)
Platform B: East West Line towards Tuas Link via Aljunied (←)
Paya Lebar station’s elevated East West Line platform level has two platforms in an island platform arrangement. Half-height Platform screen doors are installed at the platform edge for the safety of commuters, and retrofitted High Volume, Low Speed (HVLS) fans keep passengers cool. Similar to most platforms along the Eastern side of the East West Line, a barrel vault roof design allows for a spacious interior that is easily navigated.
A set of escalators, stairs and lifts connect to the concourse level below. A new wing at the West end of the station accommodates escalators and stairs that lead directly to the Circle Line concourse.
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 station exits and the Circle Line platforms.
Circle Line (B2):
|Platform A: Circle Line towards HarbourFront via MacPherson (→)
Platform C: Circle Line withdrawal trains
|Platform D: Circle Line withdrawal trains
Platform B: Circle Line towards Dhoby Ghaut via Dakota (←)
The underground Circle Line platform level has four platforms in a double island platform arrangement, the first time this design was used in an underground station. Platforms A and C are grouped together on one island, while Platforms B and D are grouped on the other island. The middle track is served by both Platforms C and D and is used to facilitate train withdrawals to the nearby Kim Chuan Depot. Nearing the end of the peak hours, withdrawal trains arriving from MacPherson will terminate at Paya Lebar, alighting passengers at the middle platform before deadheading back to Kim Chuan Depot.
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, where paid links connect to the East West 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 East West Line platform and station exits.
East West Line and Circle Line station concourses are at Level 1 and Basement 1 respectively. They 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 (EW) and Top-up Machines (CCL), offer contactless card transactions. The station offices at each concourse function as a Passenger Service Centre, and is staffed during operating hours, where commuters may make travel inquiries or perform card transactions using cash payment.
The CCL concourse level is also equipped with an unpaid corridor which allows pedestrians to commute between CCL station exits without having to enter the rail network. The roof of the middle track also functions as a linkbridge, which connect to the lifts serving both island platforms.
Toilets are located in the unpaid areas of both concourse levels, situated near the Passenger Service Centres. There are retail shops within unpaid areas of both EWL and CCL concourses.
CCL Art in Transit: “The Signs of Times” by Salleh Japar
The artwork traces and reflect the development and the surrounding Paya Lebar precinct; its histories and landmarks through signs, emblems and motifs from its early beginnings to a customizing new city spaces via various images of the advertising logos, shop fronts, traffic lights signs, posters stickers, graffiti writings and road markings. In this artwork, the logo types represent the periods of the district from the rural kampong community to its present status as a satellite town. The pictographic symbol includes packed stacking pigs waiting to be feed, the community tap, the wireless tower, dhoby drying laundry, low flying airplane landing and taking off from nearby airport, cultural icons and the iconic post office complex, The Signs of Times aims to make viewers relax, smile and dream and at the same time share the special bond with history that made this area memorable to those who have lived and to those who visited the area.
Civil Defence shelter
Paya Lebar 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.
Paya Lebar MRT station has four exits at ground level (A, B, C and D), all of which provide barrier-free accessibility. While Exit B technically leads to the basement of the Paya Lebar Square mall, the building’s escalators and lifts provide direct access to street level.
|A||Yes||Paya Lebar Square
|Paya Lebar Square, Eunos Road 8, Geylang Serai Market, Joo Chiat Complex, Singapore Post Centre, Tanjong Katong Complex, Geylang United Temple, Eunos Industrial Estate|
|B||Yes||Paya Lebar Square
(Basement & Street level)
|Paya Lebar Square, Paya Lebar Road, Certis Cisco Centre, Paya Lebar Square, Lifelong Learning Institute|
|C||Yes||Geylang East Ind Est||Geylang East Industrial Estate, Paya Lebar Road, Paya Lebar Residences, Madrasah Wak Tanjong Al Islamiah, Geylang East Central, Sims Ville Condonminium, Foo Hai Ch’an Monastery, Madrasah Wak Tanjong Al-Islamiah, Sri Sivan Temple|
|D||Yes||Sims Avenue||Sims Avenue, Guillemard Road, City Plaza, Grandlink Square, Lotus at Paya Lebar, One KM Mall|
- Public toilets at concourse level
- Bicycle racks at station exits
- ATMs and Self-service Machines at concourse level
- 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
Paya Lebar station connects to several bus stops in the vicinity, as well as taxi stands and passenger pick-up points.
There are four official bus stops linked to Paya Lebar station.
|No.||Bus stop||Exit||Bus Routes|
|B/s 1||81111 – Paya Lebar Rd (Paya Lebar Stn Exit B)||A / B||24, 28, 43, 70, 70M, 76, 134, 135, 154, 155|
|B/s 2||81119 – Paya Lebar Rd (Paya Lebar Stn Exit C)||C||24, 28, 43, 70, 70M, 76, 134, 135, 154, 155|
|B/s 3||81129 – Paya Lebar Rd (Paya Lebar Stn Exit D)||D||24, 28, 43, 70, 70M, 76, 134, 135, 154, 155|
|B/s 4||82011 – Sims Ave (Aft Tg Katong Cplx)||A||2, 7, 13, 21, 24, 26, 28, 30, 51, 67, 76, 154, 155, NR7|
Taxi stands and pick-up/drop-off points are located next to station exits:
|A||Eunos Road 8||Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point|
|C||Paya Lebar Road (Northbound)||Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point|
|D||Sims Avenue||Pick-up/drop-off point|
Rail Bridging Services
In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting Paya Lebar station, rail bridging services (also called MRT breakdown shuttle buses) may be activated to ply affected stretches of the East West Line or Circle Line. In which case, the buses can be boarded from the following bus stops:
|East West Line|
|Pasir Ris||B/s 4: 82011 – Sims Ave (Aft Tg Katong Cplx)||A|
|Tuas Link||B/s 2: 81119 – Paya Lebar Rd (Paya Lebar Stn Exit C)||C|
|Dhoby Ghaut||B/s 1: 81111 – Paya Lebar Rd (Paya Lebar Stn Exit B)||A / B|
|HarbourFront||B/s 2: 81119 – Paya Lebar Rd (Paya Lebar Stn Exit C)||C|
In addition, passengers can board regular bus services at bus stops officially linked to Paya Lebar 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 823 for the construction and completion of Mountbatten, Dakota and Paya Lebar stations and tunnels was awarded to Japanese and local companies Nishimatsu-Lum Chang Joint Venture.