Potong Pasir MRT Station

Potong Pasir
Station exit C
Languages 波东巴西 | போத்தோங் பாசிர்
Lines   North East Line
Operator SBS Transit
Structure Underground
Platform Island
Opened 20 Jun 2003

Potong Pasir MRT Station (NE10) is an underground station along the North East Line (NEL), located at the boundaries of the Woodleigh and Bidadari planning subzones. The station sits underneath Upper Serangoon Road, at the junction with Potong Pasir Avenue 1 and Wan Tho Avenue.

In the early nineteenth century, the area was dominated by sand quarries, hence giving it its present name, Potong Pasir, which literally means ‘cut sand’ in Malay. The station is located in the vicinity of the Poiz mixed-use development, both public and private housing estates at Potong Pasir and Sennett, and various educational institutions.

First / Last Train Timings

North East Line – NE10 Potong Pasir
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays Sat Sun &
Weekdays Sat, Sun & PHs
NE1 Harbour-
5:57am 5:58am 6:18am 11:44pm 11:43pm
NE17 Punggol 6:02am 6:03am 6:23am 12:13am 12:12am

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  NE11  Woodleigh (→)
Platform A: North East Line  towards  NE1  CC29  HarbourFront via  NE9  Boon Keng (←)

Potong Pasir 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. 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: “Point of View” by Matthew Ngui

Striking and contemporary, this work sees text messages recording the aspirations of ordinary people being embedded into familiar images of urban life like clock faces high-rise flats. Installed at carefully chosen spots in the station, the pictures and words come together to form images of surprising detail and depth.

Civil Defence shelter

Potong Pasir 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.


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

Exit Disabled access Location Nearby
A No Potong Pasir Avenue 1 Potong Pasir Community Centre, Potong Pasir Neighbourhood Police Post, Jalan Besar Town Council (Potong Pasir Office), Raintree Gardens, Woodleigh Park, Woodleigh Close
B Yes Upper Serangoon Road (Southbound) Sennett Residence, Nin Residences, Masjid Alkaff Upper Serangoon, Muslim Trust Fund Assosciation, SIT International Hostel, Saint Ritz, The Venue Residences, St. John’s Home for Elderly Persons, Calvary Baptist Church, Cedar Girls’ Secondary School, Cedar Girls’ Primary School, Sennett Estate
C Yes Upper Serangoon Road (Northbound) The Poiz Residences & Centre, Broadway Food Court, Potong Pasir Community Centre, Sri Siva Durga Temple, Meyappa Chettiar Road, Leicester Road, Woodsville Close, St. Andrew’s Junior School, St. Andrew’s Secondary School, St. Andrew’s Junior College, Diocesan Centre Building

Station Amenities

  • Public toilets at Ground Level (near Exit C)

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

Potong Pasir 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 Potong Pasir station.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
B/s 1 60269 – Upp S’goon Rd (Potong Pasir Stn Exit B) B 13, 107, 107M, 133, 142, 147, 853, 853#
B/s 2 60261 – Upp S’goon Rd (Potong Pasir Stn Exit C) C 13, 107, 107M, 133, 142, 147, 853, 853#, NR6


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

Exit Road Provisions
A Potong Pasir Avenue 1 (outside MRT Exit A) Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
B Upper Serangoon Road (Southbound) Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point

Rail Bridging Services

In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting Potong Pasir 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: 60269 – Upp S’goon Rd (Potong Pasir Stn Exit B) B
 NE17  PTC  Punggol B/s 2: 60261 – Upp S’goon Rd (Potong Pasir Stn Exit C) A

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

Passenger Usage Patterns

Serving both housing districts and light industries, Boon Keng station encounters moderate demand levels from developments in the vicinity.

Construction Trivia

North East Line (NEL) Contract 705 for the Design and Construction of Potong Pasir and Boon Keng stations and associated tunnels was awarded to Kumagai Gumi – Sembawang Engineering & Construction – Mitsui & Co. Joint-Venture (JV) on 23 June 1997 for $316.7 million. The working name for Potong Pasir Station was Sennett Station.

Future Developments

A new development, The Poiz Residences & Centre, is a mixed-use development scheduled for completion in 2019, which may include a basement link to Potong Pasir station.

Major Incidents


NEL Platform level
NEL Platform level

External Links & References

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