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North East Line, Singapore MRT
North East Line, Singapore MRT
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The North East Line of the Singapore MRT is a 20 km long mass rapid transit train line in Singapore. As the name suggests, the line runs on a roughly north-easterly direction. The North East Line is the longest fully underground, automated and driverless rapid transit line in the world. The line has 16 stations of which, at time of writing (May 2010), 15 are operational. The stations are numbered NE1 to NE17. However, at the moment there is no NE2 station, which may only be added in the future. It takes about half an hour to travel the length of the North East Line, which is colour-coded purple.

The North East Line was opened on 20 June 2003. The fare is higher than that of the older lines to compensate for the higher construction cost of S$4.6 billion. 14 stations were in operation during the opening, but due to public pressure, the Buangkok station was eventually opened on 15 January, 2006. The last remaining unopened station station, Woodleigh, is expected to open in August 2011 when the Stamford American International School commenced there.

Stations on the MRT North East Line

Station NumberStation NameDetailsInterchange
NE1HarbourFrontThe HarbourFront MRT Station is an underground station on the North East Line, and will eventually be an interchange for the Circle Line in 2011. The Harbour Front Station opened on 20 June, 2003 for the North East Line. This is the station to go to Sentosa, HarbourFront Centre and VivoCity.CC29
NE3Outram ParkThe Outram Park MRT Station is an underground station serving as an interchange between the North-East and East-West lines. It serves the southern part of the Central Business District.
EW16
TS17
NE4ChinatownThe Chinatown MRT Station is an underground station located directly below the Singapore Chinatown. This is said to be the most difficult station to build, due to the jumble of structures above it. The station will also become an interchange in the future for the Downtown Line.DT19
NE5Clarke QuayThe Clarke Quay MRT Station is an underground station locatede under The Central, a mixed development complex, on Eu Tong Sen Street. The station serves the primarily clubbing precinct of Clarke Quay and the Singapore River. Its location on the south side of the Singapore River makes it one of the least patronised station on the North East Line.NONE
NE6Dhoby GhautThe Dhoby Ghaut MRT station is an underground station. It first opened on 12 December, 1987, for the North South Line. It became an interchange when the North East Line opened on 20 June, 2003. It is one of two MRT stations with travellators - the other being the Serangoon MRT Station. On 17 April, 2010, the Dhoby Ghaut station links to the Circle Line, becoming the only interchange station in Singapore serving three lines, and the biggest MRT Station in Singapore. The Dhoby Ghaut station is the second deepest station, reaching a depth of 28 meters, equivalent to a five-storey building, and surpassed in depth only by the Bras Basah Station.
NS24
CC1
NE7Little IndiaThe Little India MRT Station is an underground station serving Little India. It is near to Tekka Centre and Tekka Mall. The station will in future become an interchange when the Downtown Line is constructed through it.DT12
NE8Farrer ParkThe Farrer Park MRT Station is an underground station with 14 different exits, the most numerous of any station on the North East Line. It is on the northern end of Little India and near Mustafa Centre, a mall with a South Indian character.NONE
NE9Boon KengThe Boon Keng MRT Station is an underground station at Serangoon Road named after Lim Boon Keng, a Chinese Peranakan physician. Among the sights here include the Bendemeer Shopping Mall, part of which was demolished to make way for the station; the Kallang River and Dreams@Kolam Ayer.NONE
NE10Potong PasirThe Potong Pasir MRT Station is an underground station in the Potong Pasir area, a ward held by an opposition party. The station was originally intended to be known as Sennett, but was instead named Potong Pasir.NONE
NE11WoodleighThe Woodleigh MRT Station is an underground station. It is the only fully completed station in the entire system that has not been put into operation.NONE
NE12SerangoonThe Serangoon MRT Station is an underground station that serves as an interchange for the North East Line, which opened on 20 June, 2003, and Circle Line, which opened on 28 May, 2009. CC13
NE13KovanThe Kovan MRT Station is an underground station on the southern part of Hougang New Town, near Heartland Mall.NONE
NE14HougangThe Hougang MRT Station is an underground station located in Hougang New Town, surrounded mostly by HDB flats.NONE
NE15BuangkokThe Buangkok MRT Station is an underground station on the North East Line. Its opening was shelved just a few days before the North East Line opened in 2003, because of projected traffic not meeting operating costs. Nonetheless public pressure eventually caused the station to be opened on 15 January 2006.NONE
NE16SengkangThe Sengkang MRT Station is an underground station serving Sengkang New Town. It also serves as an interchange with the Sengkang LRT Line. The station is integrated to the Compass Point Shopping Centre.STC
NE17PunggolThe Punggol MRT Station is an underground station that is the terminus of the North East Line. It is also an interchange with the Punggol LRT Line. There is a plan to make it an interchange for the future North Shore Line, which is only in the planning stage. PTC