|Languages||裕群 | ஜூ கூன்|
|Lines||East West Line|
|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|
|EW1 Pasir Ris||5:31am||5:31am||6:01am||11:32pm|
|EW33 Tuas Link||5:27am||5:27am||5:57am||11:38pm|
|L3||Platform A||East West Line towards Pasir Ris|
|Platform B||East West Line towards 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|
East-West Line (L3):
|Platform A: East West Line towards Pasir Ris via Pioneer (→)
Platform B: East West Line towards Tuas Link via Gul Circle (←)
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.
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 or perform card transactions using cash payment.
Toilets and retail shops are located in the unpaid areas of the ticket concourse. 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.
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.
|A||Yes||Joo Koon Circle (Westbound)||Joo Koon Circle, Joo Koon Bus Interchange, Fairprice Hub, Benoi Road, Joo Koon Road|
|B||Yes||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||Yes||Fairprice Hub||Fairprice Hub, Joo Koon Bus Interchange|
- 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
- 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
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.
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|
Taxi stands and pick-up/drop-off points are located near station exits:
|A||Joo Koon Circle (Westbound)||Taxi stand, 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:
|East West Line|
|Pasir Ris||B/s 2: 23491 – Joo Koon Circle (Joo Koon Stn Exit B)||B|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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