Woodlands North MRT Station

Woodlands North
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Woodlands North MRT Station – Exit 2
Address 20 Woodlands North Coast Road, Singapore 737668
Lines Served   Thomson-East Coast Line
Johor Bahru – Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS Link)
(Station / by 2026)
Operator SMRT Trains
Structure Underground
Platform Island
Opened 31 Jan 2020

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 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 Singapore-Johor Bahru Rapid Transit System, targeted for End 2026, will have its Singapore terminus located at the adjacent Woodlands North RTS Link Station, covered in a separate article. Provisions are made at the TEL Concourse level for underground links to the RTS Link.

Woodlands North station opened for passenger service on 31 January 2020.

First / Last Train Timings

Thomson-East Coast Line – (TE1) Woodlands North
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays & Sat Sun & Public Holidays Daily
TE9 Caldecott 5:48am 5:48am 11:27pm


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 Thomson-East Coast Line towards TE9CC17 Caldecott
Platform B Thomson-East Coast Line towards TE9CC17 Caldecott


Thomson-East Coast Line (B2):
MRT_rail (2)
Platform A: Thomson-East Coast Line towards TE9CC17 Caldecott via TE2NS9 Woodlands (→)
Platform B: Thomson-East Coast Line towards TE9CC17 Caldecott 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. 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.

Art in Transit: “New Departures” by Amanda Heng

Woodlands North MRT Station – Art In Transit (TEL)

Crossing borders is an essential part of our lives, one that enables us to encounter new possibilities.
Our curiosity and adventurous spirit compels us.
to constantly imagine going beyond our preconceived limitations,
to transcend the boundaries of our everyday lives,
to get a glimpse of the unknown ahead of us.

In New Departures, the artist has invited individuals to share their experiences of doing exactly that. Their stories are placed in the wide open sky where there are no boundaries visible. Through this work, the artist seeks to understand how individuals address the conflicting desires of staying within their comfort zones, while fulfilling the need to widen their horizons.

Montage of skyline comprises of photos taken 2015 – 2018

Station Amenities

  • Public Toilets at Concourse level
  • Retail Shop provisions
  • Bicycle Racks at station exit


Woodlands North MRT station has two exits leading to ground level (1 & 2).

Exit Location Nearby
1 Woodlands North Coast Road Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Institute of Technology
2 Woodlands North Coast Road

Transport Connections

Woodlands North station connects to a bus stop in the vicinity, as well as taxi stands and passenger pick-up points.


Bus Stop Exit Bus Routes
47201 – Woodlands North Coast Rd (W’lands Nth Stn) 1 856


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

Exit Road Provisions
1 Woodlands North Coast Road Taxi stand, Pick-up/drop-off point

Rail Bridging Services

In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting Woodlands North station, rail bridging services (also called MRT breakdown shuttle 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)
TE9CC17 Caldecott 47201 – Woodlands North Coast Rd (W’lands Nth Stn) 1

In addition, passengers can board free regular bus services at Bus Stop 47201 when activated.

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.

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. The opening date was revised yet again to 31 January 2020 on 11 December 2019.

Future Developments

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

Major Incidents


External Links & References

15 thoughts on “Woodlands North MRT Station

  • 30 January 2020 at 5:25 PM

    There will be a new route built for 856 to stop near Woodlands North MRT

  • 12 January 2020 at 8:49 AM

    I am a resident staying in block 877, and many residence had been disappointed as there was no nearest exit for the new constructed Woodlands North Mrt Station
    There are several blocks of residence residing ( block 870 to 880, 816 to 823, 801 ho 810)and there is no nearest exit to the stationed. I would propose to have an exit near leading to traffic junction nearby block 870..

  • 16 December 2019 at 5:08 PM

    How do you know that 856 will serve it? There isn’t even a Woodlands North Coast Road!

    • 24 December 2019 at 12:21 AM

      Are u serious or not? You know they are currently making a road lah

    • 7 January 2020 at 5:51 PM

      I guess there will be nearest exit that will link alongside Admiralty Road West to the MRT station. Bus 856 travel along Admiralty Rd West.

  • 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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