Woodlands North MRT Station

Woodlands North
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Station Map
Station Map
Address 20 Woodlands North Coast Road, Singapore 737668
Lines Served   Thomson-East Coast Line
Johor Bahru – Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS Link)
Operator SMRT Trains (TEL)
Structure Underground (TEL)
Platform Island
Opening By End Jan 2020 (TEL)

Woodlands North MRT Station (TE1) is an underground station and the northern terminus of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL). Built as part of TEL Stage 1, the station is located in a developing region in Woodlands North, between Admiralty Road West and Woodlands Avenue 9.

Presently, only Republic Polytechnic is located in the vicinity, but future plans for the surrounding areas include a business park, commercial developments and residential developments, as part of the North Coast Innovation Corridor project that is planned for the future.

The station was initially targeted for completion in 2019. However, the opening of the station was revised to End January 2020 in September 2019.

The Singapore-Johor Bahru Rapid Transit System, targeted for 2024, will have its Singapore terminus located at Woodlands North MRT Station.

This station was previously announced to open before Christmas 2019 as part of the Thomson-East Coast Line Stage 1 by Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan during a visit to Bright Hill MRT station on 25 January 2019. However, a revised opening date of End January 2020 before Chinese New Year was announced by him during a visit to Mandai Train Depot on 19 September 2019.

First / Last Train Timings

Thomson-East Coast Line – TE1 Woodlands North
Destination First Train Last Train
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
TE3 Woodlands South

Station Layout

L1 Street level Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
B1 Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Station control office
B? Platform A Thomson-East Coast Line towards TE3 Woodlands South
Platform B Thomson-East Coast Line towards TE3 Woodlands South


Thomson-East Coast Line (B?):
MRT_rail (2)
Platform A: Thomson-East Coast Line towards TE3 Woodlands South via TE2NS9 Woodlands (→)
Platform B: Thomson-East Coast Line towards TE3 Woodlands South via TE2NS9 Woodlands (→)
MRT_rail (2)

Woodlands North station has two platforms in an island platform arrangement. 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.

As the terminus of the Thomson-East Coast Line, both platforms are utilized alternatively for train turnarounds.


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.

A public toilet is located in the unpaid area of the station concourse, opposite the passenger service centre.

Art in Transit: TBC


Woodlands North MRT station will likely have two exits leading to ground level (1 & 2). More details will be confirmed closer to the opening of the station.

Exit Location Nearby

Station Amenities

  • Public toilets at concourse level

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 (TBC)

Rail Bridging Services (TBC)

Passenger Usage Patterns

Construction Trivia

Thomson-East Coast Line Contract T202 for the construction of Woodlands North station and its associated tunnels was awarded to Penta-Ocean Construction Co Ltd. at a contract sum of S$337 million in November 2013. The Japanese contractor was previously involved in the construction of East-West Line’s Expo station, North-South Line’s Yew Tee and Kranji stations, and Downtown Line 3’s Bendemeer station.

Future Developments

Woodlands North station will serve the upcoming North Coast Innovation Corridor, and the Singapore-Johor Bahru RTS Link.

Major Incidents


External Links & References

2 thoughts on “Woodlands North MRT Station

  • 13 October 2019 at 5:26 PM

    Has anyone wondered why the exits are numbers not letters? Strange…

  • 20 August 2019 at 1:33 PM

    As we all know, the Woodlands North Station will connect to the RTS Link.

    With regards to the Malaysia Government seeking to reduce the cost of the RTS Link on its part, there is a possibility for the RTS Link to be absorbed onto the Malaysia KTM, such that KTM trains could run from the Woodlands North RTS Station to the rest of the KTM network in Malaysia.

    This would mean just one CIQ, in Woodlands North, Singapore. Also, this means that instead of two stations, there would be only one station at Bukit Chagar. Without the CIQ at Bukit Chagar and one less station at Bukit Chagar, it could potentially save the Malaysia government about 40-50% of the costs it has to incur for the RTS Link.

    Of course, this has to depend on the capacity of the CIQ at Woodlands North, Singapore, which the custom-clearing process can be expedited if the Malaysia government and the Singapore government allow each other’s citizens to use their automated clearance facilities at the Woodlands North CIQ.

    The benefit for Singaporeans is that they just need to clear the customs at Woodlands North, and they can take the train straight to all the stations on the KTM network, without having to stop at JB Sentral to clear another custom and take another train.

    By the way, the KTM, I am referring to the KTM ETS (Electric Train Service), which will feature double tracking and electric trains. The KTM is upgrading the section of KTM from Gemas to JB Sentral, which would be completed by 2022.

    Furthermore, the new JB Sentral KTM station will be located at Bukit Chagar, and it will be elevated. So merging the RTS Link into the KTM ETS is feasible.

    The only condition is that the technical specifications would have to change.

    The electrification of the RTS Link would have to change to overhead cranery, which is used in the KTM ETS.

    The RTS Link tunnels at Woodlands North Station would have to be taller, as the KTM ETS trains are slightly taller than the TEL trains.

    Also, additional tracks may need to be constructed for the KTM at Woodlands North.

    These adjustments, honestly, should be a minor issue to the Singapore government.

    Considering there is news yesterday that the Malaysia government and the Singapore government has reached an agreement, I believe this is the solution, which would benefit both the Malaysia people (in terms of lower fares) and the Singapore people (in terms of not having to stop at JB Sentral to clear custom and wait for the next train, and able to access the rest of the KTM network immediately).

    Not able to write in forums, so I’m writing here.

    Of course, there is the concern on the capacity of the KTM ETS. As the name suggests, the KTM ETS is an electric train service. KTM advertises it as being able to run faster than then original KTM trains, and thus, even if the capacity is lower than the original RTS Link, it should still be able to meet the demands for the RTS Link.

    Another concern is the payment, but this is not a concern as the KTM ETS allows card payment. In Malaysia, the Malaysia government is currently working with KTM to accept mastercard and visa, alongside other payment methods. Taking the KTM ETS would be just like taking the MRT.

    In other words, wait for the good news. 🙂

    The RTS Link should be able to start construction by next year, 2020. And open for service around 2025 to 2027.


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