North South MRT Line

North South MRT Line
     North South MRT Line
வடக்கு தெற்கு எம்ஆர்டி வழி

The North South Line is coloured red on system maps.
Type Rapid transit
System Mass Rapid Transit (Singapore)
Status Operational
Termini Jurong East
Marina Bay
Stations 27
Services 1
Opened 7 November 1987
Owner Land Transport Authority
Operator(s) SMRT Trains
Rolling stock C151, C151A, C651, C751B
Line length 44 km (27 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) Standard gauge
Electrification Third rail

The North South Line (NSL) was the 1st Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line in Singapore. The line is currently 44 km long with 25 stations, and is operated by SMRT Corporation. Traveling from one end of this line to the other end takes about one hour, and this line is coloured red on the rail map.

As the name implies, the line connects central Singapore to both northern and southern parts of the island. Cross-platform transfer to the East West Line is provided at Jurong East, City Hall and Raffles Place stations while transfer to the North East Line is possible via a linkway at Dhoby Ghaut station. For Circle Line is provided at Bishan and Dhoby Ghaut stations and a linkway. The future Downtown Line will interchange with the North South Line at Newton station. When the Woodlands Extension was opened in 1996, the Branch MRT Line consisting of the route from Jurong East MRT Station to Choa Chu Kang MRT Station was integrated into the main line.



Initial System

2nd phase of development (Woodlands Extension)

North South Line Extension

A 1 km one station extension to the North South Line will be constructed and completed by 2014. The new Marina South Pier station will be located near the upcoming International Cruise Terminal at Marina Bay. Minister Raymond Lim announced on 12 February 2009 that the completion date for the extension, initially due for completion in 2015, will be brought forward by a year to 2014.[1]

Jurong East Modification Project

The Jurong East Modification Project (JEMP) consisted of the construction of a new platform and the addition of a fourth track to Jurong East Station which is now in use from 27 May 2011. After the completion of the JEMP, the North South Line utilises two tracks at Jurong East, increasing the frequency of trains at peak hours from 7am to 9am on weekdays. Waiting time is now reduced from 4.5 minutes to 2.5 minutes. There are 5 new Kawasaki Heavy Industries C151A in service from 27 May 2011, other 17 new trains will be in service by December 2011, it will also open in the evening peak hours.

Possible future stations

At least 2 more stations may be added to the line in the future since alphanumeric codes NS6 & NS12 have been reserved for future use.


Station Number Station Name Interchange
NS1 / EW24 Jurong East East West Line; cross-platform transfer available between Marina Bay-bound and both Pasir Ris-bound and Joo Koon-bound trains
Platform A , D/E - Marina Bay-bound
Platform B/C - Pasir Ris-bound
Platform F - Joo Koon-bound
Platform A and B only open during weekdays morning peak hours from 7am-9am until the arrival of 17 new trains by December 2011
NS2 Bukit Batok  
NS3 Bukit Gombak  
NS4 / BP1 Choa Chu Kang Bukit Panjang LRT
NS5 Yew Tee  
NS7 Kranji  
NS8 Marsiling  
NS9 / TS?? Woodlands Thomson Line (Planning)
NS10 Admiralty  
NS11 Sembawang  
NS13 Yishun  
NS14 Khatib  
NS15 Yio Chu Kang  
NS16 Ang Mo Kio Terminal of North South Line Lunch Time Xpress train service
NS17 / CC15 Bishan Circle Line
NS18 Braddell  
NS19 Toa Payoh  
NS20 Novena  
NS21 / DT11 Newton Downtown Line (U/C)
NS22 Orchard  
NS23 Somerset  
NS24 / NE6 / CC1 Dhoby Ghaut North East Line, Circle Line
NS25 / EW13 City Hall East West Line; cross-platform transfer available between Marina Bay-bound and Pasir Ris-bound trains, and between Jurong East-bound and Joo Koon-bound trains
NS26 / EW14 Raffles Place East West Line; cross-platform transfer available between Marina Bay-bound and Joo Koon-bound trains, and between Jurong East-bound and Pasir Ris-bound trains
NS27 / CE2 Marina Bay Circle Line Marina Bay Extension (U/C)
NS28 (U/C) Marina South Pier (U/C)

Rolling stock

Four batches of rolling stock are in service on the line, i.e. the Kawasaki Heavy Industries C151, the Siemens C651, the Kawasaki Heavy Industries & Nippon Sharyo C751B and the Kawasaki Heavy Industries C151A. These trains operate from the Bishan depot between Ang Mo Kio station and Bishan station on the North South Line. The Bishan Depot has maintenance and train overhaul facilities for trains along the North South Line. Currently, there are 10 Kawasaki Heavy Industries C151A in service as of October 2011 and 12 more will be in service by December 2011.

Further information

  • During morning peak hours, there are 5 direct cross-over trains to the East West Line. The first 4 trains depart from Bishan depot and start service from Ang Mo Kio. The last train starts from Marina Bay towards Pasir Ris via Jurong East. There are also additional services from Marina Bay to Yishun.
  • During evening peak hours, there are additional services from Jurong East to Yew Tee, and from Marina Bay to Yishun.
  • Additional special event services operate between Marina Bay and Yishun, and between Marina Bay and Ang Mo Kio.
  • Lunchtime Xpress services operate between Ang Mo Kio and Marina Bay on weekdays between 12pm - 2pm.
  • There will be additional train service to serve the morning and evening peak hours.


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