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NS17CC15
Bishan
碧山
பீஷான்
Bishan-NSL.png
Bishan-CCL.png
*Graphic From SGTrains/Wikipedia/LTA
Statistics
Address 200 Bishan Road
17 Bishan Place
Singapore 579827/579842
Line(s) North South Line
Circle Line
Structure Underground
Connections Bus Taxi
Abbreviation BSH

Bishan (NS17/CC15) is a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station on the North South Line and the Circle Line. Before peak period, some trains from Bishan Depot will arrive at platform B of the North South Line station to travel southbound towards Marina South Pier.

History[edit]

Date Event
7 November 1987 Station officially opened
28 May 2009 Station interchanged with Circle Line

2004 incidents[edit]

On 28 July 2004, a 31 year old accountant died after falling on the track in front of an oncoming train at this station, disrupting northbound train services for an hour.[1][2] Another such incident happened to an elderly man on 15 September that year.[3]

Modification of station for Circle Line linkage[edit]

Major alterations were performed on the original North South Line station to be linked to the Circle Line. A new air-conditioned southbound platform to serve the southbound trains (heading towards Marina Bay) was officially opened on 27 July 2008.[4] The original platform is now dedicated to only northbound train services (heading towards Jurong East). A wall now separates the southbound tracks and the northbound platform, and southbound train doors no longer open on the right towards the old platform.

2017 tunnel flooding[edit]

On 7 October 2017, water got into a section of the tunnel between Bishan and Braddell stations during a heavy downpour in the afternoon, which disrupted train services between Ang Mo Kio and Marina South Pier for several hours. This case of water entering MRT tunnels is believed to be the first time it has affected train service. Separately, at about 5.55pm, a small fire was spotted trackside in the tunnel between the Raffles Place and Marina Bay stations, but it had died down by itself. It is not clear if it is linked to the flood, although electrical short circuits caused by water had sparked tunnel fires before.[5] Train services between Newton and Marina South Pier were restored on the day itself at about 9.20pm while full train service resumed at 1.36pm the following day after overnight efforts to clear the water in the tunnel.[6] It was revealed that the overflowing in the tunnel was caused by a malfunction in the water pumping system, which has since been repaired.[7]

Artworks[edit]

  • CC15-Move.png
    Circle Line: Move! by Soh Ee Shaun
    The densely packed murals depict the artist’s feelings about the mindless rush of commuters in a train station. The three murals depicting daily life, family and the heartlands with a whimsical twist – students fly to school on rockets and animal-headed executives are rushing to work in a surreal world.[8]

Cultural impact[edit]

Being located on the former site of the Peck San Theng cemetery, the station is rumoured to be haunted, and has been the subject of several urban legends, as well as the site for alleged ghost encounters. A 1988 article in The New Paper mentioned rumoured sightings of headless ghosts at the station.[9]

Straits Times ran an article debunking an urban legend associated with the station, along with an article featuring an account by a passenger who claimed that, while riding on a train passing through the station one morning in the early 1990s, she was groped by several unseen hands before passing out. She was later revived by fellow passengers.[10] There are also other alleged encounters of ghosts and other entities by several passengers in and around the station, such as headless figures, footsteps coming from the roof of the train, and phantom passengers who do not cast reflections on the train windows.

Layout[edit]

L1 Street Level Junction 8, Bishan Bus Interchange
NSL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Passenger Service Centre, Transitlink Ticket Office
B1
APlatform NS17CC15
Bishan
NS16
Ang Mo Kio
NS9TE2
Woodlands
NS1EW24
Jurong East
Platform A
BPlatform NS28
Marina South Pier
NS18
Braddell
NS17CC15
Bishan
Platform B
B2 Transfer Linkway between North South Line Platforms and Circle Line Concourse
CCL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Passenger Service Centre
B3
BPlatform CC15NS17
Bishan
CC14
Lorong Chuan
CC4DT15
Promenade
CC1NS24NE6
Dhoby Ghaut
CE2NS27
Marina Bay
Platform A/B
APlatform CC29NE1
HarbourFront
CC16
Marymount
CC15NS17
Bishan

Exits[edit]

Exit Disabled-Access Location/Nearby
A Handicapped/disabled access Junction 8, Bishan Bus Interchange, Bishan Public Library
B Handicapped/disabled access Bishan Road, Bishan Street 14
C Handicapped/disabled access Bishan Road, Bishan Street 11
D Handicapped/disabled access Bishan Bus Interchange, Bishan Community Centre, Bishan-Toa Payoh Town Council (Branch Office)
E Handicapped/disabled access Junction 8 Basement

Transport Services[edit]

First/Last Train Timing[edit]

Destination First Train Last Train
Mon − Fri Sat Sun & P.H. Daily
North South Line
NS1 Jurong East 06:08 06:23 06:29 00:14
NS7 Kranji 00:30
NS28 Marina South Pier 05:37 05:37 06:02 23:34
NS19 Toa Payoh 00:16
Circle Line
CC1 Dhoby Ghaut 05:40 05:40 06:07 23:35
CC7 Mountbatten 00:12
CC12 Bartley 00:36
CC29 HarbourFront 05:23 05:23 05:47 23:18
CC26 Pasir Panjang 23:48
CC23 one-north 00:04
CC17 Caldecott 00:32

Bus[edit]

Bus Stop Exit Bus Service
(53009) Bishan Int A/D
50
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
410G
410W
(53231) Bishan Stn A/B/C
13
50
52
54
55
58
71
88
156
(53239) Opp Bishan Stn A/B/C
13
50
52
54
55
58
71
88
156
NR1

References[edit]

  1. "Bishan MRT Death". The New Paper (29 July 2004).
  2. "Death at Bishan Station disrupt services". Wee Teck Hian (TODAY, 29 July 1994)
  3. "MRT incident hits services". TODAY (16 September 2004).
  4. "New Platform at Bishan Station ready". Starits Times (26 July 2008)
  5. "Water in the tunnel, trackside fire caused train disruption on NSL: SMRT". Channel NewsAsia (8 October 2017). Archived on 7 October 2017.
  6. "NSL disruption: No train services between Ang Mo Kio, Newton 'till further notice', says SMRT". Channel NewsAsia. Archived on 8 October 2017.
  7. "NSL disruption: Malfunctioning water pumping system resulted in flooded MRT tunnel, says LTA". Channel NewsAsia. Archived on 8 October 2017.
  8. "Art in Transit". Land Transport Authority.
  9. "Where are the ghosts?". Abdul Hadhi (The New Paper, 17 October 1988).
  10. "Is Bishan MRT 'unclean'?". Mak Mun San (Straits Times, 17 April 2005).
North South Line [ VTE ]
Stations Jurong EastBukit BatokBukit GombakChoa Chu KangYew TeeKranjiMarsilingWoodlandsAdmiraltySembawangCanberraYishunKhatibYio Chu KangAng Mo KioBishanBraddellToa PayohNovenaNewtonOrchardSomersetDhoby GhautCity HallRaffles PlaceMarina BayMarina South Pier
Rolling Stock C151C151AC151BC151CC651C751BCR151
Depots BishanUlu Pandan
Others North South Line Bridging Service
Circle Line [ VTE ]
Stations Dhoby GhautBras BasahEsplanadePromenadeNicoll HighwayStadiumMountbattenDakotaPaya LebarMacPhersonTai SengBartleySerangoonLorong ChuanBishanMarymountCaldecottBukit BrownBotanic GardensFarrer RoadHolland VillageBuona Vistaone-northKent RidgeHaw Par VillaPasir PanjangLabrador ParkTelok BlangahHarbourFront
CCL6KeppelCantonmentPrince Edward Road
Circle Line ExtensionPromenadeBayfrontMarina Bay
Rolling Stock C830C830C • C851E
Depots Kim Chuan
Others Circle Line Bridging Service