光明山 | பிரைட் ஹில்
|Address||100 Sin Ming Avenue, Singapore 575737|
|Lines Served|| Thomson-East Coast Line
Cross Island Line (Future)
|Operator||SMRT Trains (TEL)|
|Opened||28 Aug 2021 (TEL)
Year 2030 (CRL)
Bright Hill MRT Station (TE7) is an underground station located along the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) 2. It is built underneath Sin Ming Avenue, at the junction with Sin Ming Walk, bringing rail connectivity to schools, community amenities and residential developments in the area.
The station’s most prominent nearby landmark is Bright Hill Crematorium & Columbarium and the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery. Also in the vicinity are schools such as Peirce Secondary School and Ai Tong School; Bishan Park Condominium, The Gardens at Bishan and Faber Garden Condominium; HDB Sin Ming Gardens estate and the Fulton private housing estate.
The TEL station was originally targeted for completion and opening in Year 2020. However, it was delayed till Q1 2021 and later further delayed to Q3 2021 in December 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The opening date was announced to be on 28 Aug 2021 in end-June 2021.
By 2030, Bright Hill station will be an interchange station with the Cross Island Line (CRL) Phase 1, as well as its western terminus until CRL Phase 2 opens in 2032. It will then bear the station code TE7CR13.
First / Last Train Timings
|Thomson-East Coast Line – (TE7) Bright Hill
|Destination||First Train||Last Train|
|Weekdays & Sat||Sun & Public Holidays||Daily|
|TE1 Woodlands North||5:57am||6:17am||12:22am|
|TE22 Gardens by the Bay||5:53am||6:13am||11:45pm|
|Cross Island Line – (CR13) Bright Hill
|Destination||First Train||Last Train|
|Weekdays & Sat||Sun & Public Holidays||Daily|
|CR2 Aviation Park||—||—||—|
|L1||Street||Bus stops, Taxi stand, Pick-up/drop-off point|
|B1||–||Escalators between Street Level (Exit 2) & Ticket Concourse Level|
|B2||Ticket Concourse||Faregates, Ticketing Service Kiosks, Passenger Service Centre, Retail Shops|
|B3||Platform A||Thomson-East Coast Line towards TE22 Gardens by the Bay|
|Platform B||Thomson-East Coast Line towards TE1 Woodlands North|
Platform & Train Services
Thomson-East Coast Line (B3):
|Platform A: Thomson-East Coast Line towards TE22 Gardens by the Bay via TE8 Upper Thomson (→)
Platform B: Thomson-East Coast Line towards TE1 Woodlands North via TE6 Mayflower (←)
Bright Hill station has two platforms in an island platform arrangement.
Cross Island Line (Year 2030)
Art in Transit: “A Kaleidoscopic Nature” by anGie Seah
Having grown up in the Bright Hill area, anGie’s artwork ‘A Kaleidoscopic Nature’ is influenced by her childhood memories of playing around the neighbourhood, including the nearby Bishan Park which became the main form of the artwork.
In line with the architectural design for the station which is inspired by nature, ‘A Kaleidoscopic Nature’ primarily features microscopic details of forms, colours and lines of plants found in Bishan Park. The lines and networks we see in nature also reflect the bonds that develop within the communities.
In keeping with the idea of light and shadow from Bright Hill, the artwork also featured motifs of ‘reflection’ on the floor.
Civil Defence shelter
Bright Hill station is one of six stations along the Thomson-East Coast Line (Thomson stretch) 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.
The other CD shelters are Woodlands, Lentor, Mayflower, Mount Pleasant and Gardens by the Bay stations.
Cross Island Line Paid Link Provisions
At platform level (B3), a set of 4 escalators and a lift connects to a separate concourse at B2 level, with dedicated faregates and a future paid link provision to the Cross Island Line Bright Hill Station.
- Public Toilets at station concourse (near Exit 2)
- Retail Shop provisions at ticket concourse level
- Bicycle Racks at station exits
Bright Hill MRT station has four exits leading to ground level.
|1||Sin Ming Avenue||Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Eunoia Junior College, Marymount Community Club, Peirce Secondary School|
|2||Blk 403 & Blk 406||Bright Hill Columbarium & Crematorium, Buddhist College of Singapore, Kong Meng San Temple, Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, NEA Eastern Regional Office, Tse Tho Aum Temple|
|3||Fulton Road / Sin Ming Avenue||Ai Tong School|
|4||Sin Ming Avenue||—|
Bright Hill station connects to several bus stops in the vicinity, as well as taxi stands and passenger pick-up points.
There are 4 bus stops in the vicinity of Bright Hill station.
|Bus Stop||Exit||Bus Routes|
|53349 – Sin Ming Ave (Bright Hill Stn Exit 1)||1||52, 162, 162M, 410G|
|53341 – Sin Ming Ave (Bright Hill Stn Exit 2)||2||52, 162, 162M, 410W|
|53351 – Sin Ming Ave (Ai Tong Sch)||3||52, 162, 162M, 410W|
|53359 – Sin Ming Ave (Opp Ai Tong Sch)||4||52, 162, 162M, 410G|
Taxi stands and pick-up/drop-off points are located near station exits:
|1||Sin Ming Ave||Taxi stand (F81), Pick-up/drop-off point|
|3||Sin Ming Ave||Taxi stand (F82), Pick-up/drop-off point|
MRT Bus Bridging Service
In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting Bright Hill station, MRT Bridging Buses may be activated to ply affected stretches of the Thomson-East Coast Line. In which case, the buses can be boarded from the following bus stops:
|Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL Bridging Bus)
|TE1 Woodlands North||53349 – Sin Ming Ave (Bright Hill Stn Exit 1)||1|
|TE22 Gardens by the Bay||53341 – Sin Ming Ave (Bright Hill Stn Exit 2)||2|
In addition, passengers can board free regular bus services at Bus Stops 53341 & 53349 when activated.
Thomson-East Coast Line Contract T211 for the Design and Construction of Bright Hill Station and Construction of Tunnels for Thomson Line was awarded to Penta-Ocean Construction Co Ltd at a contract sum of S$454.4 million in February 2014. The Japanese company was previously involved in East-West Line’s Expo station, North-South Line’s Yew Tee and Kranji stations, Downtown Line 3’s Bendemeer station and Thomson Line’s Woodlands North station.
The working name for Bright Hill station was Sin Ming station. This was the only station along the Thomson-East Coast Line where the finalized station name was different from the working name.
Bright Hill Cross Island Line station will be constructed as part of Contract CR117 – Design and Construction of Bright Hill Interchange Station and Tunnels, which was awarded to Penta Ocean Construction Co., Ltd. at a contract sum of around $526 million in March 2022.
Construction Challenges for Thomson-East Coast Line Bright Hill Station
The unique geographical conditions in the area created multiple challenges for LTA and its contractors when constructing TEL Bright Hill Station:
(a) Due to the hard granite rocks in this area, additional equipment, specialised machinery and methods were employed to install more than 1,500 bored piles. These piles make up the Earth Retaining and Stabilizing Structure which is needed to retain the soil and facilitate underground excavation works for Bright Hill Station;
(b) The soft soil and loose sand underlain by hard granite under Inglewood Estate and Kallang River also required ground strengthening works prior to the commencement of tunneling works;
(c) As Bright Hill Station is located underneath Sin Ming Avenue and Sin Ming Walk, multiple stages of traffic diversion are required to facilitate the construction. Six stages of traffic diversion have been conducted so far, with four more to be conducted in the near future to facilitate reinstatement works.
Engineering Highlights for Cross Island Line Bright Hill Station
Bright Hill station is located along Sin Ming Avenue where the ground is made up of predominantly Bukit Timah Granite. Due to the abrasive nature of such ground conditions which is expected to cause some wear to the cutting equipment on the tunnel boring machines, close monitoring will be carried out to ensure optimal equipment performance.
The new station will also be connected to a new Transit Priority Corridor (TPC) along Sin Ming Avenue to give commuters more accessibility options via bus and active mobility travel modes. When the TPC is fully completed in 2029, residents in Sin Ming area will have more access options to Bright Hill MRT station and recreational spaces such as Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. Educational institutions such as Ai Tong School and Eunoia Junior College will also be within convenient reach by public transport and active mobility modes.
Additional photos at Page 2.
External Links & References
- Factsheet: Bright Hill Station – LTA
- Second stage of Thomson-East Coast Line to open early 2021 after delays due to COVID-19: Ong Ye Kung – CNA
- LTA | News Room | news-release | Factsheet: Thomson–East Coast Line 2 to Welcome Commuters from 28 August 2021 [Accessed 30 Jun 2021]
- Last Civil Contract for Cross Island Line Phase 1 Awarded – LTA