|Languages||文庆 | பூன் கெங்|
|Lines||North East Line|
|Opened||20 Jun 2003|
Boon Keng MRT Station (NE9) is an underground station along the North East Line (NEL), located within the Bendemeer planning subzone. The station sits underneath Serangoon Road, just after the junction with Towner Road and Boon Keng Road.
Boon Keng was named after Lim Boon Keng, a Chinese physician who promoted health and educational reforms in Singapore. The station is located in the vicinity of residential developments and various light industries.
First / Last Train Timings
|North East Line – NE9 Boon Keng
|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 Potong Pasir (→)
Platform A: North East Line towards HarbourFront via Farrer Park (←)
Boon Keng 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: “Metamorphosis” by Lim Poh Teck
In this sunny, tropical painting, icons of everyday life offer a glimpse of Boon Keng’s fascinating past and vibrant present. The works are replete with details that tell of the changes in Boon Keng over the years. In a lively example of interactive art, some of the more charming details from the paintings are reproduced on the station walls and subways where the young and old may find them.
Civil Defence shelter
Boon Keng 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.
Boon Keng MRT station has three exits leading to ground level (A, B and C), all of which provide barrier-free accessibility for the disabled.
|A||Yes||Serangoon Road||Towner Road, Towner Heights, McNair Towers, St. George’s Estate, Central Sikh Temple, Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital and Nursing Home, McNair Lodge, Singapore Boys’ Hostel|
|B||Yes||Bendemeer Shopping Mall||Bendemeer Ville, Bendemeer Shopping Mall, Blk 29 Market & Hawker Centre, Kallang Community Centre, Kallang Bahru Industrial Estate|
|C||Yes||Boon Keng Road||City View @ Boon Keng, Bendemeer Light, Kallang Bahru Industrial Estate|
- 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
Boon Keng station connects to several bus stops in the vicinity, a taxi stand and passenger pick-up point.
There are two official bus stops linked to Boon Keng station. Additional bus stops are added to better reflect the transport connections.
|No.||Bus stop||Exit||Bus Routes|
|B/s 1||60121 – S’goon Rd (Boon Keng Stn/Blk 102)||A||13, 23, 31, 64, 65, 66, 125, 133, 140, 147, 857, 985, NR6|
|B/s 4||60119 – Bendemeer Rd (Opp Boon Keng Stn)||B||13, 23, 31, 64, 65, 66, 125, 133, 140, 147, 857, 985|
|–||60199 – Boon Keng Rd (Boon Keng Stn/Blk 22)||C||21, 130, 139|
Taxi stands and pick-up/drop-off points are located next to North East Line station exits:
|B||Serangoon Road (outside MRT Exit B)
– on the Right side of the road
|Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point|
Rail Bridging Services
In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting Boon Keng 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 4: 60119 – Bendemeer Rd (Opp Boon Keng Stn)||B|
|Punggol||B/s 1: 60121 – S’goon Rd (Boon Keng Stn/Blk 102)||A|
In addition, passengers can board regular bus services at bus stops officially linked to Boon Keng station for free rides.
Passenger Usage Patterns
Serving both housing districts and light industries, Boon Keng station encounters moderate demand levels from developments in the vicinity.
North East Line (NEL) Contract 705 for the Design and Construction of Potong Pasir and Boon Keng stations and associated tunnels was awarded to Kumagai Gumi – Sembawang Engineering & Construction – Mitsui & Co. Joint-Venture (JV) on 23 June 1997 for $316.7 million.
Potong Pasir and Boon Keng NEL stations and tunnels were built as part of NEL Contract 705. To accommodate the construction of the station, the formerly straight Race Course Road was broken up to its current two-part alignment, with both ends linked by junctions with Rangoon Road. Owen Road was also broken into two, as evident from its current alignment between Serangoon Road and Pek Kio estate.
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