Punggol MRT/LRT Station

 NE17  PTC 
Punggol
LRT Platform
Languages 榜鹅 | பொங்கோல்
Lines   North East Line
  Punggol LRT
Operators SBS Transit (NEL & PGLRT)
Structure Underground (NEL)
Elevated (PGLRT)
Platforms Island (NEL & PGLRT)
Opened 20 Jun 2003 (NEL)
29 Jan 2005 (PGLRT East Loop)
29 Jun 2014 (PGLRT West Loop)

Punggol MRT/LRT Station (NE17/PTC) is an underground terminus station along the North East Line (NEL), as well as an interchange station with the Punggol LRT (PGLRT). Located at the boundaries of the Punggol Town Centre and Matilda planning subzones, the entire station is built as a multi-level structure with the elevated PGLRT station built on top of the underground NEL station, sharing two common concourses at Ground Level located at either side of Punggol Central, the main road which bisects the station.

Punggol refers to “throwing sticks to knock fruit from trees” in Malay, or a rendezvous point for wholesale agents buying produce for market. The station is a major transport node for the residences of Punggol, where the PGLRT and other bus services provide the short connection between Punggol NEL station and their homes.

The station building is also located adjacent to the Waterway Point mall and Punggol Bus Interchange, where bus services connect the station to other parts of the estate. It will continue to serve as the northern terminus of the NEL until the completion of the line extension planned for 2030.

The LRT station code ‘PTC‘ is an abbreviation of ‘Punggol Town Centre’.


First / Last Train Timings

North East Line – NE17 Punggol
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays Sat Sun &
PHs
Daily
NE1 Harbour-
Front
5:42am 5:42am 6:03am 11:28pm
Punggol LRT – PTC Punggol
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
Daily
Platform 1 | Route A
(East Loop Outer via PE1 Cove)
5:25am 5:45am 12:37am
Platform 2 | Route B
(East Loop Inner via PE7 Damai)
5:20am 5:40am 12:20am
Platform 2| Route C
(West Loop Inner via PW1 Sam Kee)
5:28am 5:48am ~3:00pm
Platform 1 | Route D
(West Loop Outer via PW7 Soo Teck)
~3:00pm ~3:00pm 12:40am

At Punggol LRT station, each platform is used alternatively by East and West Loop trains as detailed in the table above. An indicator board at each platform tells commuters if the oncoming train is heading for the East or West loop.


Station Layout

L2 PGLRT Platform 1 East Loop Inner to  NE17  PTC  Punggol via  PE1  Cove
West Loop Outer to  NE17  PTC  Punggol via  PW7  Soo Teck
PGLRT Platform 2 East Loop Outer to  NE17  PTC  Punggol via  PW1  Sam Kee
West Loop Inner to  NE17  PTC  Punggol via  PE7  Damai
L1 MRT/LRT North & South Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre | Punggol Bus Interchange, Waterway Point
Street level Bus stops, Taxi stand, Pick-up/drop-off points
B1 Underpass 24-hour underpass below Punggol Ctrl
B2 NEL Platform A North East Line towards  NE1  CC29  HarbourFront
NEL Platform B North East Line towards  NE1  CC29  HarbourFront

Platforms

Punggol LRT (L3):
LRT_rail (2)
Platform 2:
Punggol LRT (West Loop Inner) towards  NE17  PTC  Punggol via  PW1  Sam Kee (→) (Until 3pm Daily)
Punggol LRT (East Loop Outer) towards  NE17  PTC  Punggol via  PE7  Damai (→)
Platform 1:
Punggol LRT (East Loop Inner) towards  NE17  PTC  Punggol via  PE1  Cove (←)
Punggol LRT (West Loop Outer) towards  NE17  PTC  Punggol via  PW7  Soo Teck (←) (After 3pm Daily)
LRT_rail (2)

Punggol LRT station is overground with two platforms in an island platform arrangement, utilized alternatively by East and West loop services. Unlike Sengkang LRT station, there are no half-height barriers along the platform edge owing to the spacious design of both platforms. At each platform, East Loop LRT services operate throughout the day and are staggered with West Loop services, which operate in different patterns based on time of day.

West Loop services operate in different direction, one way at a time. Every day, from start of operations till 3pm, Anti-clockwise services (Sam Kee to Soo Teck) operate from Platform 2. After 3pm, Clockwise services (Soo Teck to Sam Kee) will take over, operating from Platform 1. Only between 3pm and 3.15pm can trains be seen operating on the West loop in both directions. This arrangement is to benefit residential areas near PW4 – PW7 stations, allowing them to take a more direct route to Punggol station in tandem with regular travel patterns.

From Platform 1, LRT Routes A and D head out to the East Loop Anti-clockwise (Cove to Damai) and West Loop Clockwise (Soo Teck to Sam Kee). From Platform 2, LRT Routes B and C head out to the East Loop Clockwise (Damai to Cove) and West Loop Anti-clockwise (Sam Kee to Soo Teck)

Passenger Information Systems, which are LED displays located at each platform, displays the route of the next or current train and scrolls through messages, while an analog clock gives the time. They do not display expected train arrival times. Tactile flooring helps to guide the visually-handicapped from the platform to the station exits. Staircases and lifts connect both platforms to the station exits and connecting platforms.

The wide LRT platform conceals a middle track intended for LRT services to Punggol North via a spur line, plans for which have been put on hold definitely.

North East Line (B2):
MRT_rail (2)
Platform B: North East Line towards   NE1  CC29  HarbourFront via  NE16  STC  Sengkang (←)
Platform A: North East Line  towards  NE1  CC29  HarbourFront via  NE16  STC  Sengkang (←)
MRT_rail (2)

Punggol North East Line station has two platforms in an island platform arrangement, with both platforms utilized alternatively for train turnarounds. 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 levels and LRT platforms above. Notably, the tracks curve west after the station, where a future station will be built.

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 and connecting platforms.

Concourse

Punggol NEL and PGLRT stations have two ticket concourses at Ground level located at either side of Punggol Central, the main road which bisects the station. Both 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 in both station concourses allow commuters to purchase tickets for single or multiple journeys, and along with Top-up Machines, offer contactless card transactions. At the South concourse, the station office functions as a Passenger Service Centre, where commuters may make travel inquiries or perform card transactions using cash payment.

Retail shops are located within unpaid areas of the ground floor concourse and the adjacent Punggol Bus Interchange and Waterway Point mall. A public toilet is also located outside the station.

Outside of station paid areas, an underpass below Punggol Ctrl is open 24-hours.

Art in Transit: “Water, Landscape and Future” by Goh Beng Kwan

This stunning work in glass catches the natural light in the station, evoking a sense of sea, sky and languid days spent on Punggol beach in year’s past. The deep, intense colours and fine, tactile textures of the work were achieved through an exacting firing process that fused thin layers of glass hand painted by the artist. Fragments of materials are embedded in the glass, creating a shimmering effect that changes with the viewing angle.

Exits

Punggol MRT station has four exits at ground level (A, B, C and D), all of which offer barrier-free accessibility for the disabled.

Exit Disabled access Location Nearby
A Yes Waterway Point Punggol Walk, Waterway Point, Punggol Watertown condo, Punggol Waterway Park, HDB Waterway Terraces 1, HDB Waterway Terraces 2
B Yes Punggol Central Punggol Place, Punggol View Primary School, Fo Guang Shan Singapore, HDB Treelodge@Punggol, HDB Coralinus
C Yes Bus Interchange Punggol Bus Interchange, Punggol Place, Edgefield Primary School, Masjid Al-Islah, HDB Punggol Regalia, HDB Punggol Sails, HDB Punggol Crest, HDB Punggol Arcadia, HDB Punggol Grove, Parc Centros condo, Privé condo
D Yes Punggol Walk Punggol Walk, Punggol Green Primary School, A Treasure Trove condo, Twin Waterfalls condo, HDB Punggol Residences, HDB Punggol Sapphire, HDB Punggol Ripples, HDB Punggol Waves

Station Amenities

  • Bicycle parking
  • Retail shops at ground concourse (unpaid areas)
  • Public toilets at ground concourse

Safety Features

  • Emergency Train Stop buttons on both NEL/PGLRT station platforms, 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 on both NEL/PGLRT 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 NEL 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

Punggol station connects to several bus stops in the vicinity, along with taxi stands and passenger pick-up points.

Bus

The station is linked to Punggol Bus Interchange and two nearby bus stops. Bus stop built along Punggol Central are currently not in use.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
Punggol Bus Interchange C 3, 34, 43, 43M, 50, 62, 82, 83, 84, 85, 117, 118, 119, 136, 382G, 382W, 386
B/s 1 65211 – Punggol Pl (Aft Punggol Field) C Used by Premium services only
B/s 2 65219 – Punggol Pl (Aft Punggol Ctrl) C 6N

Road

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

Exit Road Provisions
A Punggol Central (Eastbound) Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
C Punggol Central (Westbound) Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point

Rail Bridging Services

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

Towards Bus stop Exit
North East Line
 NE1  CC29  HarbourFront Punggol Bus Interchange (Berth B2A) C
Punggol LRT
East Loop Sengkang Bus Interchange (Berth B2A) C
West Loop Sengkang Bus Interchange (Berth B2A) C

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


Passenger Usage Patterns

Serving the Punggol town centre area along with nearby commercial developments, community amenities, and large numbers of residential developments, Sengkang station encounters high demand throughout the day. This station also serves plenty of transfer commuters between both rail lines, as the North East Line connects to the City Centre and other parts of the island, while the Punggol LRT provides the final connection to within walking distance of most of the estate’s residential apartments.

Construction Trivia

Punggol NEL stations and tunnels were built as part of NEL Contract 712.

Future Developments

The North East Line extention plans to add a new station north of Punggol station by 2030, extending the NEL by one station and serving upcoming developments in the Punggol estate.

There is also a middle LRT track currently covered up by the platform floor. These provisions, along with crossover points and line branches north of Punggol leading to nowhere, are for a possible future northern spur line of the Punggol LRT that has yet to materialize.


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