Joo Koon MRT Station

EW29
Joo Koon
裕群 | ஜூ கூன்
Station Exit A
Address 91 Joo Koon Circle, Singapore 629116
Line Served   East West Line
Operator SMRT Trains
Structure Elevated
Platform Island
Opened 28 Feb 2009

Joo Koon MRT Station (EW29) is an above-ground station along the East West Line (EWL). It sits within the Joo Koon planning subzone, adjacent to the Kian Teck subzone, and is physically located along Joo Koon Circle, next to Fairprice Hub, and near the junction with Benoi Road and International Road.

The station opened in February 2009 as part of the Boon Lay Extension of the EWL. It takes its name from the Joo Koon industrial estate, a romanization of ‘affluent populace’ likely referring to wage earners benefiting from employment by the industries. It took over Boon Lay as the new western terminus of the EWL upon its opening.

Joo Koon station is a transfer hub for commuters heading in and out of the Jurong and Tuas industrial areas, with many bus services operating from the adjacent Joo Koon Bus Interchange complemented by passing-by Bus Services 192, 193 and 252. It took over the role as the main transfer hub for Jurong Industrial Bus Services from Boon Lay following the opening of Joo Koon Bus Interchange in November 2015.

Alternate Westbound trains will continue towards Tuas Link via Gul Circle since the opening of the Tuas West Extension. Trains terminating at Joo Koon Station will turnaround and head back towards Pasir Ris via Pioneer.


First / Last Train Timings

East West Line – (EW29) Joo Koon
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays & Sat Sun & Public Holidays Daily
EW1 Pasir Ris 5:31am 6:01am 11:32pm
Connecting to CG2 Changi Airport 10:46pm
EW33 Tuas Link 5:27am 5:57am 12:38am

 


Station Layout

L3 Platform A East West Line towards EW1 Pasir Ris
Platform B East West Line towards EW33 Tuas Link
L2 Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre, Retail Shops, Footbridge across Joo Koon Circle
L1 Street Level Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point, Station exits

Platforms

East-West Line (L3):
MRT_rail (1)
Platform A: East West Line towards EW1 Pasir Ris via EW28 Pioneer (→)
Platform B: East West Line towards EW33 Tuas Link via EW30 Gul Circle (←)
MRT_rail (1)

Platform B is also used for trains terminating at Joo Koon, before turning around at the cripple siding and returning towards Pasir Ris at Platform A.

Joo Koon station has two elevated East-West Line platforms in an island platform arrangement, with both platforms used alternately for train turnarounds. Half-height Platform screen doors are installed at the platform edge for the safety of commuters, and retrofitted High volume, low speed (HVLS) fans keep passengers cool. Identical in construction to Pioneer station, a barrel vault roof design allows for a spacious interior that is easily navigated; a design similarly used on many stations along the Eastern side of the East West Line. Skylights on the roof allow natural lighting into the station.

Passenger Information Systems, which are plasma display screens located at each platform, display expected train arrival / departure times and key messages. Tactile flooring helps to guide the visually-handicapped from the platform to station exits. Escalators, lifts and stairs connect the Platform level to the Ticket Concourse level below.

Concourse

Ticket concourse
Ticket concourse

The station has a ticket concourse located at Level 2. It features faregates for automatic fare collection and provides access between paid and unpaid areas of the station, with at least 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 TransitLink Add Value 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.

A linkbridge across Joo Koon Circle connects to two exits on either side of the road and links directly to Level 2 of Fairprice Hub.

Station Amenities

  • Retail Shops and Public toilets at Concourse level (unpaid areas)
  • ATMs and Self-service machines at Concourse level (unpaid areas)
  • Bicycle racks at station exits

Exits

Built in-between two carriageways of Joo Koon Circle, Joo Koon MRT station has one ground-level exit on both sides of the road, linked to the ticket concourse level by a pedestrian overpass. A third exit leads directly from the overpass to Level 2 of FairPrice Hub.

All exits offer barrier-free accessibility for the disabled. Passengers for Joo Koon Bus Interchange should use Exit A or C.

Exit Location Nearby
A Joo Koon Circle (Westbound) Joo Koon Circle, Joo Koon Bus Interchange, FairPrice Hub, Benoi Road, Joo Koon Road
B Joo Koon Circle (Eastbound) Joo Koon Circle, Upper Jurong Road, Arena Country Club, Army Museum of Singapore, Kartright Speedway, Pasir Laba Camp, SAFTI Military Institute, Singapore Discovery Centre, Joo Koon Crescent
C FairPrice Hub
(Level 2)
FairPrice Hub, Joo Koon Bus Interchange


Transport Connections

Joo Koon MRT station connects to a bus interchange, several bus stops in the vicinity, as well as taxi stands and passenger pick-up points.

Bus

There is a bus interchange and two bus stops officially linked to Joo Koon station. Other bus stops are added here to better represent bus connections.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
Joo Koon Bus Interchange A 99, 182, 182M, 253, 254, 255, 257, 258, 974
B/s 1 23499 – Joo Koon Circle (Joo Koon Stn Exit A) A 252
B/s 2 23491 – Joo Koon Circle (Joo Koon Stn Exit B) B 252
23371 – Benoi Rd (Bef Joo Koon Int) A 192, 193, 253, 254, 255, 257, 258
23379 – Benoi Rd (Opp Joo Koon Int) A 192
23519 – Benoi Rd (Opp FairPrice Hub) A 192, 193, 253, 254, 255, 257, 258

Road

Taxi stands and pick-up/drop-off points are located near station exits:

Exit Road Provisions
A Joo Koon Circle (Westbound) Taxi stand, Pick-up/drop-off point
A Benoi Road (Northbound) Private Bus Pick-up/drop-off point

Rail Bridging Services

In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting Joo Koon station, rail bridging services (also called MRT breakdown shuttle buses) may be activated to ply affected stretches of the East West Line. In which case, the buses can be boarded from the following bus stops:

Towards Bus stop Exit
East West Line
EW1 Pasir Ris B/s 2: 23491 – Joo Koon Circle (Joo Koon Stn Exit B) B
EW33 Tuas Link B/s 1: 23499 – Joo Koon Circle (Joo Koon Stn Exit A) A

In addition, passengers can board free regular bus services at Joo Koon Bus Interchange and bus stops officially linked to Joo Koon station depending on the situation on the ground.


Passenger Usage Patterns

Serving the Jurong and Tuas industrial areas, the station’s demand fluctuates with the peak periods, with moderate demand at most times and high demand during the peak hours.

Construction

Joo Koon station was constructed along with Pioneer station as part of the Boon Lay extension, a 3.8-kilometre fully elevated extension linking residential and industrial areas of Pioneer and Joo Koon to the existing East-West Line from Boon Lay Station.

Costing S$436 million, construction of the Boon Lay extension (BLE) started in August 2005. With the opening of the BLE, the East-West Line was extended to 49.2km and 31 stations.

Brief History

Joo Koon station opened on 28 February 2009. It is currently the western terminus of the East West Line until the opening of the Tuas West Extension on 18 June 2017.

Future Developments


Major Incidents

On 15 Nov 2017, at 8:20am, Train Sets 535/536 and 547/548 collided at Joo Koon MRT Platform B as a result of a software glitch in the Communications-based train control (CBTC) signalling system which was in the undergoing implementation at the time of the incident. Around 36 people, including 2 SMRT Staff Members, were injured.

Main Article: MRT Trains Collide at Joo Koon

On 12 Dec 2018, at about 4:10am, a SMRT staff suffered foot injuries while carrying out maintenance work on the Eastbound track near Joo Koon MRT station and was conveyed to hospital.  SMRT engineering and operations teams then conducted further checks on the track before service between Gul Circle and Boon Lay MRT stations was able to start at 6.20am.

Main Article: Track maintenance accident disrupts East West Line services


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