All You Need To Know About Newton MRT
Newton MRT station gets located near Newton Circus in Newton, Singapore, at the Scotts Road and Bukit Timah Road intersection. The station serves the Goldbell Towers and Scotts Highpark offices and condominiums in the Newton Circus area and the Newton Food Centre, a short walk away.
It is the shallowest MRT station on the North-South and East-West MRT Lines. Orange is its livery at only roughly 12 meters below. The Newton Food Centre, for example, is close to the station. On the North-South Line, it is currently operated by SMRT Corporation, while on the Downtown Line, SBS Transit will operate. This Newton MRT station will get served by Phase 2 of the Downtown MRT Line, expected to open in 2015. The building of Downtown Line 2 will include the construction of a new exit.
The Newton MRT station is an underground MRT interchange station on the North-South (NSL) and Downtown (DTL) lines, which opened on December 12, 1987.
Both rail lines use four platforms at Newton MRT, laid out in an island platform arrangement for trains traveling. The newer Downtown Line runs beneath the North-South Line, and a transfer linkway at the concourse level connects the platforms serving both lines. The air-conditioned station is separated from the tunnel environment by full-height Platform screen doors, which improve commuter safety and station comfort. The concourse above gets reached through escalators, stairs, and lifts.
Expected train arrival times and messages get displayed on passenger information systems, which are plasma display panels positioned at each platform. The visually impaired can use tactile flooring to help them get from the platform to the exits.
Both the North-South Line (B1) and the Downtown Line (B1) ticket concourses have fare gates for automatic fare collection and access between paid and unpaid areas of the station, with at least one bidirectional wide-swinging gate for passengers in wheelchairs, those carrying bulky items, and those traveling with prams.
Commuters can purchase tickets for single or many rides using General Ticketing Machines, Transitlink Add Value Machines (NSL concourse), and Top-up Machines (DTL concourse). Passengers can make travel queries at station offices on the NSL and DTL concourses during operating hours.
NSL and DTL stations do not have paid connectivity due to building constraints. Instead, commuters switching train lines must exit and re-enter at fare gates, which is the first time this has happened on the Singapore rail network (introduced along with Bukit Panjang station). Commuters must tap out and then tap back in when switching lines between the NSL and DTL faregates, with a 15-minute transfer window. If a commuter’s connecting rail travel takes more than 15 minutes, it will get deemed a new ride.
The 56-meter walk between both stations’ faregates is part of a 24-hour public underpass built as part of the original NSL station beneath Scotts Road.
Amenities Available at the Station
- Concourse Level Retail Stores at NSL and DTL (B1)
- DTL Concourse Level & Public Toilets at Street Level (Exit B) (B1)
- Handicapped Accessible Public Toilet on the Street (Exit A)
- NSL concourse level ATMs and self-service machines (B1)
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