Joo Koon MRT station

Joo Koon MRT station is an above-ground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station along the East West Line in Pioneer planning area, Singapore.[1]

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Joo Koon
裕群
ஜூ கூன்
Joo Koon
Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station
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The island platform of Joo Koon MRT station.
General information
Location91 Joo Koon Circle
Singapore 629116
Coordinates1°19′39.86″N 103°40′42.55″E / 1.3277389°N 103.6784861°E / 1.3277389; 103.6784861Coordinates: 1°19′39.86″N 103°40′42.55″E / 1.3277389°N 103.6784861°E / 1.3277389; 103.6784861
Operated bySMRT Trains Ltd (SMRT Corporation)
Line(s)
Platforms2 (1 island platform)
Tracks2
ConnectionsJoo Koon Bus Interchange, Taxi
Construction
Structure typeElevated
Platform levels1
ParkingYes (FairPrice Hub, Singapore Discovery Centre)
Bicycle facilitiesYes[1][2]
Disabled accessYes
History
Opened28 February 2009; 13 years ago (2009-02-28)
ElectrifiedYes
Services
Preceding station Mass Rapid Transit Following station
Pioneer
towards Pasir Ris
East West Line Gul Circle
towards Tuas Link
Location
Singapore MRT/LRT system map
Singapore MRT/LRT system map
Joo Koon
Joo Koon station in Singapore

Joo Koon station is named after Joo Koon Village, a rural Chinese settlement that once stood in the area before it was turned into an industrial estate in the 1960s. It was the western terminus of the East West line from 28 February 2009 to 18 June 2017, until Tuas Link station was built. Two out of three trains terminate at this station during off-peak hours, while alternate trains terminate at this station during peak hours.

Joo Koon MRT station at night.

HistoryEdit

Joo Koon station was built together with Pioneer station; they were part of the Boon Lay extension (BLE) project announced by the Land Transport Authority in December 2004 to serve the Jurong Industrial Estate.[3]

The station opened on 28 February 2009.[4] Installations of half-height platform screen doors began on 16 May 2011 and began operations in July 2012.[5] The station platform was further retrofitted with high-volume low-speed fans, which began operations on 19 August 2012.

Tuas West ExtensionEdit

On 18 June 2017, Tuas Link station superseded Joo Koon as the western terminus of the East West Line.[6] During the initial opening stage, westbound trains alternated between terminating at both stations.[7]

IncidentsEdit

15 November train collision and delayEdit

On 15 November 2017 at approximately 8.18am, 2 C151A trains collided at Joo Koon MRT station. A train fault caused the first train heading in the direction of Tuas Link to stall at the station. A minute later, a second train stopped behind the first and then "moved forward unexpectedly", resulting in the collision. 36 passengers and 2 SMRT staff sustained light to moderate injuries, and were conveyed to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and National University Hospital. This is the second of such incidents after 5 August 1993, with the first being when 2 C151 trains collided at Clementi.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

As a result, train services between Tuas Link and Boon Lay stations were temporarily suspended on both directions for 2 hours on the day itself and for the entire day on 16 November, resulting in westbound trains terminating at Boon Lay station.[15][16]

An update by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) & SMRT on 16 November stated that LTA and SMRT had decided to isolate for up to one month the operations of the Tuas West Extension, which ran on the new signalling system, from the rest of the East-West line, which ran on the old signalling system, in order to enable LTA and Thales engineers to carry out further assurance checks.[17]

Train service on the Tuas West Extension between Gul Circle and Tuas Link resumed operations on 20 November that year, using the new signalling system. The rest of the East West line continued to run on the old signalling system between Pasir Ris and Joo Koon. However, train services between Joo Koon and Gul Circle were suspended till 27 May 2018, though free bridging bus service was available between the two stations.[17][18][19][20][21][22] Continuous service to Tuas Link resumed in stages.[23]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "SMRT > Trains > NetworkMap > JooKoon". www.smrt.com.sg. SMRT. 2017. Archived from the original on 5 August 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2017. JooKoon
  2. ^ "SMRT Journeys". journey.smrt.com.sg. SMRT. 2017. Archived from the original on 3 September 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2017. Joo Koon
  3. ^ "Expanding The Rail Network: LTA To Build Boon Lay MRT Extension". Land Transport Authority. 29 December 2004. Archived from the original on 13 May 2011.
  4. ^ Cheryl Lim (27 February 2009). "Boon Lay MRT extension to open on Saturday". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 28 February 2009. Retrieved 28 February 2009.
  5. ^ Wong, Siew Ying (26 January 2008). "Above-ground MRT stations to have platform screen doors by 2012". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  6. ^ "Tuas West Extension | Projects | Public Transport | Land Transport Authority". www.lta.gov.sg. Archived from the original on 11 August 2017. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Trains at 4 new stations on East-West Line's Tuas West Extension to start plying on June 18". The Straits Times. 5 June 2017. Archived from the original on 6 June 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Joint Statement by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) & SMRT - Joo Koon train incident". Land Transport Authority. 15 November 2017. Archived from the original on 16 November 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Joint Statement by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) & SMRT - Update on Joo Koon train incident". Land Transport Authority. 15 November 2017. Archived from the original on 16 November 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Update on Train Incident at Joo Koon Station". Land Transport Authority. 15 November 2017. Archived from the original on 16 November 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  11. ^ "MRT train collides with stationary train at Joo Koon station: Reports". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 19 September 2020. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  12. ^ hermesauto (15 November 2017). "SMRT train hits stationary train at Joo Koon MRT station; passengers taken to hospital". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on 15 November 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  13. ^ "Second train delay hits EWL commuters on Wednesday morning". Archived from the original on 15 November 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  14. ^ "Joo Koon train collision: Total number of injured rises to 38". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 6 January 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  15. ^ "Train service between Joo Koon and Tuas Link stations suspended". Channel NewsAsia. 15 November 2017. Archived from the original on 16 November 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  16. ^ "Train service between Joo Koon, Tuas Link stations to be suspended on Thursday". The Straits Times. 15 November 2017. Archived from the original on 16 November 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  17. ^ a b "Update on Train Services on Tuas West Extension". Land Transport Authority. 16 November 2017. Archived from the original on 17 November 2017. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  18. ^ "Update on Train Services on Tuas West Extension - Press Room - Land Transport Authority". www.lta.gov.sg. Archived from the original on 17 November 2017. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  19. ^ "Tuas West Extension suspended until Sun; no service for Joo Koon-Gul Circle for 1 month". Archived from the original on 12 June 2021. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  20. ^ hermesauto (16 November 2017). "Tuas West stations to reopen only on Monday". Archived from the original on 12 June 2021. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  21. ^ "Joo Koon MRT collision: Faulty train was transiting between old and new signalling systems". Archived from the original on 18 November 2017. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  22. ^ hermes (22 November 2017). "Joo Koon-Gul Circle link to remain closed till mid-2018". Archived from the original on 23 November 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  23. ^ "Live testing of E-W Line's new signalling system on Sundays". www.straitstimes.com. Archived from the original on 25 April 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2018.

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