Kovan MRT Station

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Station exit B
Address 900 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534799
Line Served   North East Line
Operator SBS Transit
Structure Underground
Platform Island
Opened 20 Jun 2003

Kovan MRT Station (NE13) is an underground station along the North East Line (NEL), located at the boundaries of the Kovan and Lorong Ah Soo planning subzones. The station sits underneath Upper Serangoon Road, and is near the junction of Tampines Road.

This train station is affected by North East Line Early Closure (Serangoon – Punggol) on selected Fridays & Saturdays in November 2019.
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The station serves the Heartland Mall Kovan, Kovan City, and surrounding public housing developments, consisting condominiums and private housing on the Kovan side, and housing board flats on the Hougang Street 21 side.

First / Last Train Timings

North East Line – NE13 Kovan
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays Sat Sun &
Weekdays Sat, Sun & PHs
NE1 Harbour-
5:51am 5:51am 6:11am 11:37pm 11:37pm
NE17 Punggol 6:08am 6:10am 6:30am 12:20am 12:18am

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  NE1  CC29  HarbourFront
Platform B North East Line towards  NE17  PTC  Punggol

Platforms (B2):

Platform B: North East Line towards  NE17  PTC  Punggol via  NE14  Hougang (→)
Platform A: North East Line  towards  NE1  CC29  HarbourFront via  NE12  CC13  Serangoon (←)

Kovan 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. With the concourse level wrapping around the platform, the ceiling is two floors high at platform level, conveying a spacious feel. 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 or perform card transactions using cash payment.

Art in Transit: “The Trade-Off” by Eng Tow

Progress and what it has meant for Kovan – this is the theme of this intriguing work that juxtaposes topographical maps from 1945 and the present day. These maps of Kovan, one largely agricultural and the other depicting expressways and new developments, are made from granite inlays set on the station floor. These maps are complemented by cartographic symbols on the station’s floor.

Civil Defence shelter

Kovan 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.


Kovan MRT station has three exits leading to ground level (A, B and C), two of which provide barrier-free accessibility for the disabled.

Exit Disabled access Location Nearby
A Yes Lowland Road Lowland Road, Flower Road, Kovan Road, Kovan Melody, Kovan Residences, Champagnat House, Simon Plaza, Dimensions International College (Main Campus)
B No Upper Serangoon Road (Northbound)
C Yes Upper Serangoon Road (Southbound) Heartland Mall Kovan, Kovan Market and Food Court, Kovan City, Kovan Sports Centre, Paya Lebar Kovan Community Centre

Station Amenities

  • Public toilets at NEL concourse

Safety Features

  • 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

Transport Connections

Kovan station connects to several bus stops in the vicinity, along with taxi stands and passenger pick-up points.


There are two official bus stops linked to Kovan station.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
B/s 1 63031 – Upp S’goon Rd (Kovan Stn Exit B) B 80, 81, 82, 101, 107, 107M, 112, 113, 136, 153
B/s 2 63039 – Upp S’goon Rd (Kovan Stn Exit C) C 80, 81, 82, 101, 107, 107M, 112, 113, 115, 119, 136, 153


Taxi stands and pick-up/drop-off points are located next to North East Line station exits:

Exit Road Provisions
A Upper Serangoon Road (Northbound) Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
C Upper Serangoon Road (Southbound) Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point

Rail Bridging Services

In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting Kovan 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
 NE1  CC29  HarbourFront B/s 1: 63031 – Upp S’goon Rd (Kovan Stn Exit B) B
 NE17  PTC  Punggol B/s 2: 63039 – Upp S’goon Rd (Kovan Stn Exit C) C

In addition, passengers can board regular bus services at bus stops officially linked to Kovan station for free rides.

Passenger Usage Patterns

Serving residential developments in the vicinity, Kovan station encounters moderate demand throughout the day.

Construction Trivia

North East Line (NEL) Contract 703 for the Design and Construction of Hougang and Kovan stations and tunnels was awarded to Samsung Corporation of Korea on 28 May 1997 for S$214.8 million.

Future Developments

Major Incidents


External Links & References

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