Maxwell MRT Station

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Maxwell MRT Station – Exit 1
Address 321 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058841
Line Served   Thomson-East Coast Line
Operator SMRT Trains
Structure Underground
Platform Stacked Side
Opened 13 Nov 2022

Maxwell MRT Station (TE18) is an underground station located along the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) 3. It is built underneath the junction of South Bridge Road, Neil Road and Maxwell Road, bringing rail connectivity to the Chinatown and Maxwell areas, with places of worship, places of interest, commercial and residential developments in the area.

The station is in the vicinity of HDB Kreta Ayer Heights, Kreta Ayer Community Centre, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum, Fairfield Methodist Church, Jinrikisha Station, Maxwell Food Court, The URA Centre, Singapore City Gallery and The Scarlet Hotel. It also serves preserved shophouses around Duxton Hill, Ann Siang Hill and Kreta Ayer.

The TEL station was originally targeted for completion and opening in Year 2021. However, it was delayed till 2022 as mentioned in the SMRT Operations Review 2020. TEL 3 opened for passenger service on 13 Nov 2022.

First / Last Train Timings

Thomson-East Coast Line – (TE18) Maxwell
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays & Sat Sun & Public Holidays Daily
TE1 Woodlands North 6:11am 6:31am 11:57pm
TE9 Caldecott 12:07am
TE14 Orchard 12:17am
TE22 Gardens by the Bay 6:06am 6:26am 12:10am

Station Layout

L1 Street Level Bus stops, Taxi stand, Pick-up/drop-off point
B1 Ticket Concourse Faregates, Top Up Kiosks, Passenger Service Centre, SimplyGo Ticketing Service Centre, Retail Shops
B2 Platform A Thomson-East Coast Line towards TE22 Gardens by the Bay
B3 Platform B Thomson-East Coast Line towards TE1 Woodlands North
Platforms & Train Services
Thomson-East Coast Line (B2):
Platform A: Thomson-East Coast Line towards TE22 Gardens by the Bay via TE19 Shenton Way (→)
MRT_rail (2)
Thomson-East Coast Line (B3):
Platform B: Thomson-East Coast Line towards TE1 Woodlands North via TE17EW16NE3 Outram Park (←)
MRT_rail (2)

Maxwell station has two platforms in a stacked side platform arrangement, with both platforms utilized for trains travelling in either direction. Owing to land constraints arising from building the station next to existing developments, the stacked platform design was adopted.

Art in Transit: “Old Chinatown In New Maxwell Life” by Justin Lee

Inspired by his upbringing in the “Chinatown-Maxwell” area, Justin Lee hopes to create a series of visual designs based on public building, people and the rich culture and heritage of Singapore. It is a journey on how Singaporeans eat, play and dress in the past, with icons such as hawker food street, light-bulbs, Samsui women, clouds and a popular Chinese quote for food consumption in everyday life.

Station Amenities
  • Public Toilets at station concourse (B1)
  • Retail Shop provisions
  • Bicycle Racks at station exits
  • Top Up Kiosks
  • Assisted Service Kiosks
  • SimplyGo Kiosk
  • SimplyGo Ticketing Service Centre
    Operating Hours: Daily (except Public Holidays) 10am – 6pm. Closed on Public Holidays

Maxwell MRT station has 3 exits leading to ground level.

Exit Location Nearby
1 Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum NE4DT19 Chinatown MRT Station, Chinatown Complex Market, Chinatown Street Market, Chinatown Visitor Centre, Masjid Jamae (Chulia), New Bridge Centre, Sago Lane, South Bridge Road, Sri Mariamman Temple
2 South Bridge Road DT18 Telok Ayer MRT Station, EW15 Tanjong Pagar MRT Station, Amoy Street Food Centre, CPF Maxwell Service Centre, Erskine Road, Fairfield Methodist Church, Maxwell Chambers Suites, Maxwell Food Centre, Maxwell House, Maxwell Road, MND Complex, South Bridge Road, Tanjong Pagar Road, The URA Centre
3 Neil Road Blk 333 Kreta Ayer Community Club, Kreta Ayer People’s Theatre, Kreta Ayer Road, Oriental Plaza, Singapore Institute of Architects, Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple

Transport Connections

Maxwell 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 Maxwell station.

Bus Stop Exit Bus Routes
05269 – South Bridge Rd (Maxwell Stn Exit 2) 2 80, 145
05189 – South Bridge Rd (Opp Sri Mariamman Tp) 2 61, 166, 197
05259 – Neil Rd (Opp Maxwell Stn Exit 3) 3 61, 166, 197
05241 – Kreta Ayer Rd (Opp Blk 333) 2 80, 145


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

Exit Road Provisions
2 South Bridge Rd Taxi stand (D17), Pick-up/drop-off point
3 Neil Rd Pick-up/drop-off point
MRT Bus Bridging Service

In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting Maxwell 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:

Towards Bus stop Exit
Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL Bridging Bus)
TE1 Woodlands North
05241 – Kreta Ayer Rd (Opp Blk 333) 3
TE22 Gardens by the Bay
05269 – South Bridge Rd (Maxwell Stn Exit 2) 2

In addition, passengers can board free regular bus services at Bus Stops 05241 & 05269 when activated.

Construction Trivia

Contract T223 for the Construction of Maxwell Station for Thomson Line was awarded to Hock Lian Seng Infrastructure Pte Ltd at a contract sum of S221.8 million in April 2014. The local company had previously been involved in the construction of Downtown Line’s Gali Batu Depot.


COVID-19 Cluster

On 2 April 2020, the Ministry of Health established a cluster of 5 cases of COVID-19 at the Maxwell MRT Station construction site, with 2 confirmed cases linked to 3 previous cases there.


External Links & References

2 thoughts on “Maxwell MRT Station

  • 8 January 2023 at 7:15 PM

    Art in Transit :”Old Chinatown In New Maxwell Life’ by Justin Lee

  • 4 November 2022 at 4:40 PM

    Art in Transit: “Old Chinatown In New Maxwell Life” by Justin Lee


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