武吉班让 | புக்கிட் பாஞ்சாங்
|Address||950 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 678213 (DTL)
11 Petir Road, Singapore 678268 (LRT)
|Lines Served||Downtown Line
Bukit Panjang LRT
|Operators||SMRT Trains (BPLRT)
SBS Transit (DTL)
|Opened on||6 Nov 1999 (BPLRT)
27 Dec 2015 (DTL)
Bukit Panjang MRT/LRT Station (BP6-DT1) is the western terminus of the Downtown Line (DTL), as well as an interchange station with the Bukit Panjang LRT (BPLRT). Located near the Bukit Panjang town centre, the DTL station is built underground, underneath Upper Bukit Timah Road, while the BPLRT station is overground, next to Petir Road.
Bukit Panjang means “long hill” in Malay, which gets its name from the range of hills stretching from Mandai to the north to Bukit Timah to the south. The station serves the Bukit Panjang housing estate, along with residential developments and shopping malls in the vicinity of Bukit Panjang Town Centre.
The two lines are connected by an unpaid link owing to construction limitations. Commuters transferring between lines would have to tap out of the network, walk along a public linkway and re-enter the network, with a transfer window of 15 minutes.
First / Last Train Timings
|Downtown Line – (DT1) Bukit Panjang
|Destination||First Train||Last Train|
|Weekdays||Sun & Public Holidays||Daily|
|Bukit Panjang LRT – (BP6) Bukit Panjang
|Destination||First Train||Last Train|
|Weekdays||Saturdays||Sun & Public Holidays||Daily|
|BP1 Choa Chu Kang||5:05am||5:05am||5:24am||11:30pm|
|Service A via BP13 Senja||4:59am||–||–||–|
|Service B via BP7 Petir||–||4:59am||5:18am||11:37pm|
- Exact first train scheduled timing for Service B on Bukit Panjang LRT to be confirmed by SMRT Trains / Land Transport Authority due to schedule revision from 1 Dec 2019.
- Service A (via Senja) operates only during Peak Hours on Weekdays, except Public Holidays (Start of Service – 9.00am &
5.00pm – 8.00pm) from 1 Dec 2019.
- Operating hours for Bukit Panjang LRT from 13 January 2019 are revised to close earlier daily to facilitate maintenance works.
|L2 (BPLRT)||BPLRT Platform 1||Service A towards BP1NS4 Choa Chu Kang (Weekday Peak Hours)
Service B towards BP1NS4 Choa Chu Kang
|BPLRT Platform 2||Service A towards BP1NS4 Choa Chu Kang via BP13 Senja (Weekday Peak Hours)
Service B towards BP1NS4 Choa Chu Kang via BP7 Petir
|M (BPLRT)||Mezzanine||Transfer area, Faregates, Ticketing machine, Access to Hillion Mall (L1),
Link bridge between Bukit Panjang LRT (BPLRT) and Downtown Line (DTL)
|L2 (DTL)||Link Bridge||Link bridge between Bukit Panjang LRT (BPLRT) and Downtown Line (DTL)|
|L1||LRT Concourse||Faregates, Ticketing machine, Retail Shop|
|Street Level||Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point|
|B2 (DTL)||MRT Concourse||Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre, Transitlink Ticket Office, Retail Shops, Access to Hillion Mall (B3)|
|B3 (DTL)||DTL Platform A||Downtown Line towards DT35CG1 Expo|
|DTL Platform B||Downtown Line towards DT35CG1 Expo|
Bukit Panjang LRT (L2):
Service A towards BP1NS4 Choa Chu Kang via BP13 Senja (Weekday Peak Hours) (→)
Service B towards BP1NS4 Choa Chu Kang via BP7 Petir (→)
Service A towards BP1NS4 Choa Chu Kang via BP5 Phoenix (Weekday Peak Hours) (←)
Service B towards BP1NS4 Choa Chu Kang via BP5 Phoenix (←)
Bukit Panjang LRT station is overground with two side platforms, utilized by Services A & B.
From Platform 1, Service A and B both head to Choa Chu Kang station.
From Platform 2, LRT services loop around the Bukit Panjang estate before returning to Bukit Panjang station. Service A ply the clockwise route (via Senja), while Service B plies the counter-clockwise route (via Petir).
Passenger Information Systems, which are LED displays located at each platform, display expected train arrival times and scrolls through messages, while an analog clock gives the time. Tactile flooring helps to guide the visually-handicapped from the platform to the station exits. Staircases and lifts connect both platforms to the mezzanine level and street level.
Fixed platform barriers (without platform doors) are installed at the platform edge for commuters’ safety, and ceiling fans at the platform keep passengers cool.
Downtown Line (B3):
|Platform A: Downtown Line towards DT35CG1 Expo via DT2 Cashew (←)
Platform B: Downtown Line towards DT35CG1 Expo via DT2 Cashew (←)
The underground Downtown Line station also has two platforms, but in an island platform arrangement. 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. The ceiling is two floors high at platform level, conveying a spacious feel.
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.
As the terminus of the Downtown Line, both platforms are utilized alternatively for train turnarounds. Further up the line is Gali Batu Depot, and withdrawal trains will also pass by these platforms.
Both BPLRT and DTL 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 a Transitlink Add-Value Machine (BPLRT) and Top-up Machine (DTL), offer contactless card transactions. As with other BPLRT stations, the concourse only has one ticketing machine serving both paid and unpaid areas, with a swing gate that allows either side to access the machine at any one time.
In the DTL concourse, the station office functions as a Passenger Service Centre, where commuters may make travel inquiries. While the BPLRT concourse is unmanned, an intercom system near the faregates allow for communication with the Operations Control Centre.
The BPLRT Mezzanine concourse links both platforms to an overhead bridge connecting to the DTL station (Level 2). With no paid link, commuters must tap out and then tap in again when transferring lines, with a transfer window of 15 minutes. Commuters who take longer than 15 minutes will have their connecting rail journey considered as a new ride.
Art in Transit: “Punctum of the Long Hills” by John Clang
Placed in the DTL concourse, “Punctum of the Long Hills” showcases giant piggybacking Kampong boys peeking beyond HDB flats, a reference to Bukit Panjang which means “long hills” in Malay. The curiosity displayed encourages citizens to be adventurous, taking risks in exploring or identities and seeking out better opportunities.
Civil Defence shelter
Bukit Panjang DTL station is one of six stations along the Downtown Line 2 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.
- Retail Shops at BPLRT Concourse (L1) & DTL Concourse (B2)
- Public Toilets at DTL Concourse (B2)
- TransitLink Concession Card Replacement Office
Open from 1000hrs to 1800hrs daily, except public holidays.
Closed for mealbreak between 1400hrs – 1500hrs.
Bukit Panjang MRT station has three exits at ground level (A1, A2, B). Exit A1 comprises a lift and staircase leading to the bus stop. Exit A2 comprises escalators, a lift and stairs leading to street level, as well as the transfer linkway to Bukit Panjang LRT. Basement Exit D leads directly to the basement level of Hillion Mall.
Exit C, which leads to Bukit Panjang Road (near Senja estate) opened on 09 February 2018, instead of 10 Feb 2018.
|A1||Upp Bt Timah Rd (Southbound)||Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange, Hillion Mall and Residences, Maysprings Condo, Bukit Panjang Plaza, Bukit Panjang Public Library, Fajar Secondary School|
|B||Upp Bt Timah Rd (Northbound)||Lor Ah Thia, Sri Murugan Hill Temple, Econ Medicare Centre, Junction 10|
|C||Bukit Panjang Rd||An-le Memorial Hall, Bukit Panjang Park, Cycling Path and Park Connector, Pacific Healthcare Nursing Home II, Senja – Cashew Community Club, Senja Soka Centre, West View Primary School|
|D||Hillion Mall||Hillion Mall (B3)|
Bukit Panjang LRT station has two exits at ground level (A, B) with two additional exits Exit C and D at mezzanine level leading to Hillion Mall and Residences.
|A||Petir Road||Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange, Hillion Mall and Residences (B1), Maysprings Condo, Bukit Panjang Plaza, Bukit Panjang Public Library, Fajar Secondary School|
|C||Hillion Mall||Linkbridge to Downtown Line station, Access to Hillion Mall (L1) and Residences, Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange|
Bukit Panjang station connects to several bus stops in the vicinity, as well as taxi stands and passenger pick-up points at selected exits.
There are three official bus stops linked to Bukit Panjang station. Other bus stops are added for a better representation of the surrounding area. The Bukit Panjang Integrated Transport Hub is located inside Hillion Mall.
|No.||Bus stop||DTL exit||LRT exit||Bus Routes|
|Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange||A1/A2||A/C||176, 180, 920, 922, 970, 972, 972M, 973, 975, 976, 979|
|B/s 1||44029 – Upp Bt Timah Rd (Bt Panjang Stn Exit A/LRT)||A1/A2||A||67, 170, 171, 176, 178, 180, 961, 961M, 963, 970, 974|
|B/s 2||44021 – Upp Bt Timah Rd (Bt Panjang Stn Exit B)||B||–||67, 170, 170A, 176, 177, 178, 961, 961M, 963, 970|
|B/s 3||44251 – Bt Panjang Rd (Bt Panjang Stn/Blk 604)||C||–||75, 176, 177, 184, 187, 190, 960, 963, 963e, 963R, 970, 975, 976|
|–||44031 – Upp Bt Timah Rd (Aft Bt Panjang Stn)||A1/A2||A||974, 979, 983|
|–||44259 – Bt Panjang Rd (Blk 183)||A1/A2||–||75, 176, 180, 184, 187, 190, 960, 963, 963e, 963R, 974, 975, 976, 979, 983, NR3|
|–||44909 – Bt Panjang Rd (Blk 184)||A1/A2||–||171, 970|
|–||44859 – Petir Rd (Maysprings Condo)||A1/A2||A||177|
Taxi stands and pick-up/drop-off points are located next to Downtown Line station exits:
|A1/A2||Upp Bt Timah Rd (Southbound)||Pick-up/drop-off point|
|B||Upp Bt Timah Rd (Northbound)||Taxi stand (H25), Pick-up/drop-off point|
Rail Bridging Services
In the event of a MRT/LRT service disruption affecting Bukit Panjang station, rail bridging services may be activated to ply affected stretches of the Bukit Panjang LRT Line or Downtown Line. In which case, the buses can be boarded from the following bus stops:
|Towards||Bus stop||DTL exit||LRT exit|
|DT35CG1 Expo||B/s 1: 44029 – Upp Bt Timah Rd (Bt Panjang Stn Exit A/LRT)||A1/A2||A|
|Bukit Panjang LRT|
|LRT A (via BP13 Senja)||45009 – Petir Rd (Bukit Panjang Int) Berth 1||A1/A2||B|
|LRT B (via BP7 Petir)||45009 – Petir Rd (Bukit Panjang Int) Berth 2||A1/A2||B|
|LRT A & B (towards BP1NS4 Choa Chu Kang)||44731 – Jelebu Rd (Opp Blk 180)||A1/A2||B|
In addition, passengers can board free regular bus services at the following bus stops when activated:
- Bukit Panjang LRT
Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange, Bus Stop 44731
- Downtown Line
Bus Stops 1, 2 & 3
Passenger Usage Patterns
As an interchange station in the heart of Bukit Panjang town, Bukit Panjang MRT/LRT station is well-utilized by commuters living in the area, or heading to various amenities in the vicinity such as Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange, Hillion Mall and Residences, Bukit Panjang Plaza, Bukit Panjang Public Library, Sri Murugan Hill Tp, Econ Medicare Centre and Junction 10. This station also serves plenty of transfer commuters between both rail lines, as the Downtown Line connects to the City Centre and other parts of the island, while the Bukit Panjang LRT provides the final connection to within walking distance of most of the estate’s residential apartments.
Owing to good bus connections in the vicinity, many bus routes also serve between Bukit Panjang and other stations down the line. Between Bukit Panjang and the City, several BKE-PIE express bus services offer comparable travel times (if not faster) than the Downtown Line.
Contract 912 for the Downtown Line Stage 2 (DTL2) for the design and construction at Bukit Panjang station and its associated tunnels was awarded to Lum Chang Building Contractors Pte Ltd at approximately S$452.4 million. The working name for this station was Petir station.
As part of the Land Transport Master Plan 2040, the Downtown Line Stage 2 extension would extend the Downtown line further to Sungei Kadut.
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