Sembawang MRT station

Sembawang MRT station, constructed as a part of the Woodlands MRT Line that was laid out in the 1990s. This station has the largest number of bicycle stands than any other MRT station on the Woodlands MRT Line.

In 1990, the government decided to build the Sembawang MRT station as a provisional station. But with URA's 1991 Concept Plan to make Woodlands a regional centre for northern Singapore, the station was picked to be part of the Woodlands MRT Line to serve to the residents of the proposed Sembawang New Town.

On old habit among Sembawang residents was revived and incorporated into the design of the Sembawang MRT station. Back in the 1950s and 1960s, when the Naval Base and other British bases were still operating, a common sight was bicycles passing between Sembawang and Chye Kay village ferrying uniformed personnel. When the British withdrew in 1967, the use of bicycles dwindled. The centralising of civic activities at Sembawang New Town and the introduction of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) have revived the two-wheels. Workers from the Sembawang Shipyard put up a request to the Land Transport Authority (LTA) for a bigger bicycle parking area at the Sembawang MRT station as many of them cycle to work. Sembawang MRT station becomes equipped with 350 bicycle stands, the largest number of all the stations on the Woodlands MRT Line. The station has two bicycle parks within its precinct and both are exceptionally well-utilised with at least a hundred bicycles seen parked at one time, even at 3 or 4 am when the trains are not running.

To increase commuter comfort, bus bays at the MRT stations on the Woodlands MRT Line are located right at the entrance of the station. The bus bays are 36 m long, much longer than the 14 m bus bays in the older stations, allowing up to three busses at one time. All the bus bays are sheltered with four m high roofs. Additional features of the MRT stations along this route include covered linkways, overhead bridges with escalators and conveniently-located taxi-stands. The MRT stations are also fitted with real-time electronic display boards with information on train schedules, service disruptions and diversions and mobilisation exercises. The 19 new trains added to this line are specially designed with improved automated public address systems, better propulsion systems and extended braking systems for smoother rides.

There are four shopping units at the Sembawang MRT station, spread over 1,489 sq m of commercial space. The shops are located with greater visibility and easy accessibility in mind, on the concourse at one side of the station, unlike in older stations where one would have to walk a longer distance to reach the shops. The station, a distinctive building, has a kampung-style roof.

Naidu Ratnala Thulaja

Yim, C. P. (2001). Sembawang town: Aesthetically yours (p. 18). Singapore: Roseapple Books.
(Call no.: RSING 959.57 YIM -[HIS])

Better layouts for six new MRT stations. (1992, November 19). The Straits Times, p. 22.

Clearer messages smoother rides on Woodlands trains. (1992, December 14). The Straits Times, p. 26.

Nadarajah, I., & Kee, J. (1996, January 21). Residents prepare for easier life with Woodlands MRT line. The Straits Times, p. 24.

Station names for Woodlands line have ties to surroundings. (1991, November 20). The Straits Times, p. 3.

Step off the bus and into the MRT station. (1996, January 31). The Straits Times, p. 19.

Tan, C. (1992, December 10). More retail space for Woodlands MRT stops. The Straits Times, p. 26.

Tan, C. (1992, November 19). Another station added to Woodlands MRT line. The Straits Times, p. 1. 

Woodlands line tells train times. (1996, January 28). The Straits Times, p. 27.

Further Readings
Woodlands commuters get real-time timetables. (1995, April 29). The Straits Times, p. 3.

Yeo, G. (1996, February 8). MRT shops: What works and why. The Straits Times, p. 43.

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