Platform level of Hougang MRT station
|Location||80 Hougang Central|
Singapore 538758 (NEL)
|Operated by||SBS Transit Ltd (ComfortDelGro Corporation) (North East line)|
|Platforms||Island (North East line)|
TBA (Cross Island line)
|Tracks||2 (4 when Cross Island line is built)|
|Parking||Yes (Hougang Mall)|
|Opened||20 June 2003 (North East line) |
2029 (Cross Island line)
Hougang MRT station (NE14/CR8) is an underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station on the North East line in the Hougang planning area in Singapore. Located within the Hougang Town Centre, the station is directly connected to Hougang Central Bus Interchange and sits underneath that bus interchange.
On 12 August 2005, train services were disrupted for hours as Liu Tze Yuen created a bomb treat at the station which turns out to be false. He was also accused of putting boxes in public buses on 7 July and 12 August – the latter on the same day he was accused of carrying out the hoax at Hougang. Liu allegedly intended the passengers on the two buses and the train station to believe that the packages contained explosive devices; he was later sentenced to 31⁄2 years in jail.
On 17 June 2015, train services between Farrer Park and Hougang station were delayed due to a track fault.
On 2 April 2017, an unattended bag caused a temporary shutdown of the station. At 2.55 pm, SBS Transit announced that all trains will skip Hougang station due to a "security incident". Police subsequently confirmed the contents of the unattended bag were "non-dangerous". Train services resumed at 4.03pm after police gave the all-clear. A 39-year-old man was arrested for causing public nuisance after preliminary investigations show he intentionally left the bag inside the station while running an errand.
The 39-year-old man, construction worker Wang Jianpo, was fined S$1000 on 9 June that year for “causing annoyance to the public”. Deputy public prosecutor Daphne Lim said that his “grossly inconsiderate and thoughtless” act of leaving the blue suitcase unattended at the station platform while he ran an errand affected more than 4,000 commuters including 663 who were evacuated from the station.
- "Jobless man jailed for masterminding a series of bomb hoaxes". Channel NewsAsia. 18 October 2005.
- "Temporary closure of Hougang MRT station due to unattended bag; man arrested". Channel NewsAsia. 2 April 2017.
- "Man who left bag unattended at Hougang MRT station fined". Channel NewsAsia. 9 June 2017.
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