Outram Park MRT Station

 EW16  NE3 
Outram Park MRT Station
ஊட்ரம் பார்க்
Stesen MRT Outram Park
rapid transit
Outram Park Station East West Line Platform.jpg
East West Line platforms
Station statistics
Address 10 Outram Road
Singapore 169037
Coordinates 1°16′49″N 103°50′22″E / 1.280225°N 103.839486°E / 1.280225; 103.839486
Connections bus, taxi
Levels 3
Platforms Island
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened 12 December 1987 (East West)
20 June 2003 (North East)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Code EW16 / NE3
Preceding station   Mass Rapid Transit   Following station
towards Pasir Ris
East West Line
towards Joo Koon
North East Line
towards Punggol
Outram Park MRT Station

Outram Park MRT Station (EW16/NE3) is an interchange station of the North East Line and the East West Line in Singapore. It is located in the Central Area, Singapore's central business district. Before Tiong Bahru MRT Station was refurbished in 2006, it was the last MRT Station that had Chinese characters on its station livery on the East West Line (heading to Joo Koon). It is operated by SMRT Corporation on the East West Line and SBS Transit on the North East Line.



One of the more prominent areas it serves (in addition to the district of Outram) is Chinatown. Although the present Chinatown MRT Station is now closer to Chinatown, this station was the closest MRT station within the vicinity of Chinatown before the North East line was built. It is just beside Pearl's Hill Reservoir. Its location in the Central Area puts the station in proximity to a number of public buildings. These include the Singapore General Hospital as well as multitude of public health buildings under Singapore Health Services (SingHealth), including the Singapore National Eye Centre, the National Heart Centre and the National Dental Centre. It also within walking distance to the Central Narcotics Bureau and the Police Cantonment Complex.


A plaque relating the history of the Outram Park prison can be found outside of the station. The prison no longer exists as residential blocks (HDB) have been built where the prison once stood.

In the initial stages of planning for the North East Line in the late 1980s and the early 1990s, this was initially planned to be the southern terminus of the line. But in 1993, the LTA decided to extend the NEL to HarbourFront Station (then called World Trade Centre Station), after noting that many people liked to go to the World Trade Centre (the present day HarbourFront Centre).

Train disruptions

On 24 July 2006 at 12.45pm, a southbound train heading towards HarbourFront was stalled 200 metres in the tunnel after it had left the station. There was no power for the train to move since a wire which provided traction power had come loose. People inside the train were evacuated. Shuttle bus services were provided to commuters between Clarke Quay and HarbourFront. Meanwhile, Dhoby Ghaut temporarily become the southwestern terminus. Services between Dhoby Ghaut and Punggol were not greatly affected, being delayed only by a few minutes. Fifty goodwill ambassadors were spread among the four affected station to guide commuters to bus stops for the free shuttle bus services instead of the closed down stations. During the evening peak hours, buses had to arrive every 2 – 3 minutes. This was one of the largest breakdowns in transit, after a train broke down previously in 1993 in Clementi MRT Station.[1][2] Train services were resumed the following morning.[3]

The LTA said on 23 April 2007 that the wire, which supplied electricity to the trains, had come loose because the dewirement was due to the poor quality of a piece of equipment called a porcelain insulator. These findings have been verified by an independent assessor.

Since then, SBS Transit has tightened its maintenance regime of the insulators and will continue with its inspections of the insulators on a two-monthly basis. The French supplier has also checked and certified that all its existing insulators are free of defects. LTA said the disruption was a one-off situation and that no action will be taken against the operator.

On 13 February 2008 at about 6.34 pm, trains were briefly delayed from Outram Park to HarbourFront MRT Stations because of power trips. Trains were briefly delayed to check the rail line.[4]

In a separate incident on 1 July 2009 at about 6.50 pm, eastbound trains between this station and City Hall were disrupted for 25 minutes when a train stalled due to a fault while at the station. The stations were told to alight and the following train was used to haul the stalled train back to the depot. 11000 people were affected by the disruption.[5]

Bomb hoaxes

2007 bomb hoax: A false bomb threat call was made in 17 August 2007 at 11.16 pm from a public phone located at the concourse of the MRT Station and the police arrested two suspects on 24 August 2007 when a 13-year old boy was turned in by the police while his 15-year old friend was arrested not long after.[6] Upon consultation, the younger of the two was let off with a warning while the older of the two was charged in a Juvenile Court.

2008 bomb hoax: On 29 July 2008, a man made a phone call to the police about a false bomb threat at 1.07 pm at the concourse area of the station. The man is believed to be in his 40s and is of fair complexion. He was wearing a blue and white polo T-shirt, beige Bermudas and black slippers. He was seen leaving the MRT station with two plastic bags - one red and the other white.[7]

Police shooting incident

Platform of the North East Line Outram Park station.

The North East Line sector of the station was the site of a rare police shooting incident, in which a 43-year-old Lim Bock Song, who had earlier fatally stabbed odd-job worker Tan Ah Chang at a coffeeshop at Jalan Kukoh, was shot by a police officer after threatening the officer with the knife on 6 March 2008 at 3:35 pm. Four platform screen doors in the centre in the direction of HarbourFront were affected due to the police cordon which lasted two hours and passengers had to use other doors to board and alight. However, train services were unaffected.[8]

A coroner's inquiry conducted for the shooting of Lim Bock Song ruled on 12 January 2010 that the shooting was a case of justifiable homicide. The man was shot after charging at police officer Azli Othman with a knife. District Judge Yeo ruled the shooting was without any criminal intent.[9]

Future development

The station is expected to be an interchange with the future 23-station Thomson MRT Line, becoming one of four stations to be an interchange to three lines apart from Woodlands MRT Station and Marina Bay MRT Station.

Current station layout

Outram Park station is built directly underneath the convergence of three roads: Eu Tong Sen Street, Cantonment Road and Outram Road. The station has four basements and is not a cross platform interchange so commuters have to transfer from one platform to another via an underpass, since the North East Line was not built until much later.

This station features artwork from two different artists. The first, The Commuters by Teo Eng Seng, can be found at the linkway between the East West Line platform and the North East Line platforms. The second, Memories by Wang Lu Sheng, are placed at the entrances leading to the North East Line part of the station.

L1 Street Level Exit/ Entrance, Faregates, Ticketing Machines
New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street, Cantonment Road, Outram Road
New Bridge Road Bus Terminal
The Pinnacle@Duxton
Police Cantonment Complex (PCC)
Central Police Division Headquarters
Bukit Merah East Neighbourhood Police Centre
Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB)
Criminal Investigation Department (CID)
Commercial Affairs Department (CAD)
B1 EWL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control, Transitlink Counter
EWL Platforms
Platform A East West Line towards  EW1  Pasir Ris (→)
Island platform, Doors will open on the right
Platform B East West Line towards  EW29  Joo Koon (←)
Transfer Linkway Underpass to North East Line concourse
B3 NEL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Passenger Service Centre
Transfer Linkway Underpass to East West Line platforms
NEL Platforms
Platform A North East Line towards  NE1  CC29  HarbourFront (→)
Island platform, Doors will open on the right
Platform B North East Line towards  NE17  Punggol (←)


Although there is an underground connection between the paid areas of the East-West Line and the North-East Line parts of the station, there is no connection between their unpaid areas. Therefore, a passenger exiting from an East-West Line train going to a North-East Line exit should use the paid area connection to go to the North-East Line concourse and exit the fare gates there. Alternatively, the passenger can exit from the East-West Line exit and walk to his desired destination, crossing the traffic junction where necessary.

  • East-West Line:
    • A and C - Singapore General Hospital, Health Science Authority (HSA) (across Outram Road)
    • B and D - Pearl's Center
  • North-East Line
    • E - Pearl's Center
    • F - Singapore General Hospital, Health Science Authority (HSA)
    • G - Police Cantonment Complex (PCC) (Central Police Division Headquarters, Bukit Merah East Neighbourhood Police Centre, Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Commercial Affairs Department (CAD)), The Pinnacle@Duxton
    • H - Tai Sun Building


Like most MRT stations, Outram Park acts as an interchange between MRT rail and bus services.

Rail service

On the North East Line, Outram Park is between the Chinatown and the HarbourFront stations. On the East West Line, it is located between the Tanjong Pagar and Tiong Bahru stations. On lunch time hours from 12pm to 2pm on weekdays except public holidays, there would be special lunch time services that start from this station and end at Aljunied MRT Station. This service started on May 20, 2008.[10]

Destination First Train Last Train
Mon - Sat Sunday &
Public Holiday
East West Line
to EW1 Pasir Ris 5.53am 6.21am 12.03am
to EW29 Joo Koon 5.59am 6.26am 11.58pm
North East Line
to NE1 HarbourFront 6.11am 6.31am 11.56pm
to NE17 Punggol 6.03am 6.23am 11.58pm

Bus services

The following bus services will be available at New Bridge Road Bus Terminal and the following bus services pass by the bus stops along Outram Road:

Bus Stop Code: 06011 (Opposite Outram Park Station)
Service Desination Note
SBS Transit Trunk Services
33 Kent Ridge Bus Terminal
63 Jalan Rumah Tinggi (loop) Accessibility-directory.svg
174 Boon Lay Bus Interchange Accessibility-directory.svg
SBS Transit Fast Forward Service
174e Boon Lay Bus Interchange
SMRT Buses Trunk Services
75 Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange
851 Bukit Merah Bus Interchange Accessibility-directory.svg
970 Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange

Bus Stop Code: 06029 (Outram Park Station)
Service Destination Note
SBS Transit Trunk Services
33 Bedok Bus Interchange
63 Eunos Bus Interchange Accessibility-directory.svg
174 New Bridge Road Bus Terminal Accessibility-directory.svg
SBS Transit Fast Forward Service
174e New Bridge Road Bus Terminal
SMRT Buses Trunk Services
75 Marina Centre Bus Terminal
851 Yishun Bus Interchange Accessibility-directory.svg
970 Shenton Way Bus Terminal

The following bus services pass by the bus stops along Eu Tong Sen Street:

Bus Stop Code: 10018 (Before Outram Road)
Service Destination Note
SBS Transit Trunk Services
124 Saint Michael's Bus Terminal
143 Toa Payoh Bus Interchange Accessibility-directory.svg
147 Hougang Central Bus Interchange Accessibility-directory.svg
166 Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange
197 Bedok Bus Interchange
SMRT Buses Trunk Services
61 Eunos Bus Interchange
961 Geylang Lorong 1 Bus Terminal
961* Geylang Lorong 1 Bus Terminal Alternate route



  1. ^ Asha Popatlal, Channel NewsAsia, 25 July 2006, Power failure knocks out part of NEL train services, viewed on 5 August 2006.
  2. ^ Joanne Leow, Channel NewsAsia, 24 July 2006, NEL train services from Dhoby Ghaut to HarbourFront halted, viewed on 5 August 2006
  3. ^ Rita Zahara/Asha Popatlal, Channel NewsAsia, 24 July 2006, NEL train services to be fully operational from Tuesday morning, viewed on 5 August 2006.
  4. ^ Wong Mun Wai, Channel NewsAsia, 13 February 2008, Power trips delay trains on 2 sections of North East Line, viewed on 14 February 2008.
  5. ^ Straits Times reporter, Straits Times, 2 July 2009, MRT services disrupted, viewed on 4 July 2009.
  6. ^ Singapore Police Force, 22 August 2007, Appeal for Information, viewed on 23 August 2007.
  7. ^ Channel News Asia, Channel NewsAsia, 30 July 2008, Police seek info on man who made bomb hoax call from Outram MRT, viewed on 30 July 2008.
  8. ^ Valerie Tan, Channel NewsAsia, 6 March 2008, 43-year-old man shot by police at Outram Park MRT, viewed on 6 March 2008
  9. ^ Liang Kaixin, Channel NewsAsia, 12 January 2010, "Justifiable Homicide" ruling for policeman who shot knife-wielding man
  10. ^ SMRT Corporation Limited, 24 July 2006, Commuters to enjoy shorter waiting time and more comfortable train rides, viewed on 29 August 2008.

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