Boon Keng MRT Station

Boon Keng
文庆 | பூன் கெங்
Station Exit A
Address 900 Serangoon Road, Singapore 328260
Line Served   North East Line
Operator SBS Transit
Structure Underground
Platform Island
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
Weekdays Saturdays Sun & Public Holidays Weekdays Sat, Sun & Public Holidays
NE1 HarbourFront 6:00am 6:00am 6:20am 11:46pm 11:46pm
NE17 Punggol 6:00am 6:00am 6:20am 12:11am 12:11am


Station Layout

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 NE1CC29 HarbourFront
Platform B North East Line towards NE17PTC Punggol

Platforms (B2):

Platform A: North East Line towards NE1CC29 HarbourFront via NE8 Farrer Park (→)
Platform B: North East Line towards NE17PTC Punggol via NE10 Potong Pasir (←)

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.

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.

Station Amenities

  • Public toilets at Street Level, near Exit B
  • Retail shops at Street Level & Concourse Level
  • ATMs & Self Service Machines
  • Bicycle Stands


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.

Exit Location Nearby
A 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 Bendemeer Shopping Mall Bendemeer Ville, Bendemeer Shopping Mall, Blk 29 Market & Hawker Centre, Kallang Community Centre, Kallang Bahru Industrial Estate
C Boon Keng Road City View @ Boon Keng, Bendemeer Light, Towner Crest, Kempas Residences, Kallang Bahru Industrial Estate


Transport Connections

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, 125, 133, 140, 147, 857, 985
B/s 4 60119 – Bendemeer Rd (Opp Boon Keng Stn) B 13, 23, 31, 64, 65, 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:

Exit Road Provisions
B Serangoon Road Taxi stand (F16), 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:

Towards Bus stop Exit
North East Line
NE1CC29 HarbourFront B/s 4: 60119 – Bendemeer Rd (Opp Boon Keng Stn) B
NE17PTC Punggol B/s 1: 60121 – S’goon Rd (Boon Keng Stn/Blk 102) A

In addition, passengers can board free regular bus services at Bus Stops 1 & 4 when activated.

Passenger Usage Patterns

Serving both housing districts and light industries, Boon Keng station encounters moderate demand levels from developments in the vicinity.

Construction Trivia

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.

Future Developments

Major Incidents


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