|Languages||兀里 | உட்லீ|
|Lines||North East Line|
|Opened||20 Jun 2011|
Woodleigh MRT Station (NE11) is an underground station along the North East Line (NEL), located at the boundaries of the Woodleigh and Bidadari planning subzones. The station sits underneath Upper Serangoon Road, at the junction with Upper Aljunied Road and Youngberg Terrace.
The station is one of two completed MRT stations that remained closed when the NEL opened on 20th June 2003, the other being Buangkok. With insufficient commuter traffic to justify the opening of the station, it remained closed until 20th June 2011, when it was opened to support the then-new Stamford American International School and developing residential apartments in the vicinity, coinciding with the North East Line’s 8th anniversary. The station will also support the future Bidadari housing estate being developed around the Bidadari area.
First / Last Train Timings
|North East Line – NE11 Woodleigh
|Destination||First Train||Last Train|
|L1||Street level||Bus stops, Taxi stand, Pick-up/drop-off point|
|B1||Concourse||Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre|
|B2||Platform A||North East Line towards HarbourFront|
|Platform B||North East Line towards Punggol|
|Platform B: North East Line towards Punggol via Serangoon (→)
Platform A: North East Line towards HarbourFront via Potong Pasir (←)
Woodleigh station has two platforms in an island 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 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.
The concourse features 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.
Art in Transit: “Slow Motion” by April Ng Kiaw Ngor
These etched metal panels takes a slice of urban life in Singapore at the start of Millennium and translates it into prints of commuters etched on zinc plates on the station walls. Candid, casual and unpretentious, these black and white images of family, friends and colleagues will serve as visual commentary of our lives and times for future generations.
Civil Defence shelter
Woodleigh NEL station is one of thirteen stations along the North East 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.
Woodleigh MRT station has three exits leading to ground level (A, B and C), two of which provide barrier-free accessibility for the disabled.
|A||Yes||Upper Serangoon Road (Southbound)||Alkaff CourtView, Alkaff LakeView|
|B||Yes||Upper Serangoon Road (Northbound)||Youngberg Terrace, Avon Park, The Salvation Army Upper Serangoon Thrift Stores, Stamford American International School, Woodleigh Close, Woodleigh Park|
|C||No||Upper Aljunied Road||Mount Vernon Sanctuary, Mount Vernon Columbarium|
- Public toilets at NEL concourse
- 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
Woodleigh station connects to several bus stops in the vicinity, along with taxi stands and passenger pick-up points.
There are two official bus stops linked to Woodleigh station.
Bus Services 100, 135 & 155 have been amended to call at BS61031 & 61039 since 12 Mar 2017 with the realignment of Upp Aljunied Rd.
|No.||Bus stop||Exit||Bus Routes|
|B/s 1||61039 – Upp S’goon Rd (Woodleigh Stn)||A||13, 100, 107, 107M, 133, 135, 147, 155, 853, 853C|
|B/s 2||61031 – Upp S’goon Rd (Woodleigh Stn)||B||13, 100, 107, 107M, 133, 135, 147, 155, 853, 853C, NR6|
Taxi stands and pick-up/drop-off points are located next to North East Line station exits:
|B||Upper Serangoon Road (Northbound)||Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point|
Rail Bridging Services
In the event of an MRT service disruption affecting Woodleigh 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:
|North East Line|
|HarbourFront||B/s 1: 61039 – Upp S’goon Rd (Woodleigh Stn)||A|
|Punggol||B/s 2: 61031 – Upp S’goon Rd (Woodleigh Stn)||B|
In addition, passengers can board regular bus services at bus stops officially linked to Boon Keng station for free rides.
Passenger Usage Patterns
Serving a low amount of developments in the vicinity, Woodleigh station encounters low demand throughout the day.
North East Line (NEL) Contract 704 for the design and construction of Woodleigh and Serangoon stations and associated tunnels was awarded to Wayss & Freytag – Econ Piling – Chew Eu Hock Construction Joint-Venture on 23 June 1997 for S$316.7 million. The contract also includes the construction of a pair of 3-lane flyovers with two interchanges along Upper Serangoon Road, to be built above the bored tunnels and Serangoon Station.
A new Bidadari housing estate is being developed next to the station.
On 18 April 2017, Woodleigh station was closed for about three hours after a suspicious substance was found in various areas in the station at around 1.49pm. Police later established the substance to be baking flour and the station reopened at 4.20pm. Shortly afterwards, a 69-year-old man was arrested for causing public alarm, and two other men, aged 53 and 70, assisted police with investigations. Preliminary investigations revealed that the trio were marking a hashing trail before a hash running event.
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