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Ang Mo Kio MRT Station is an elevated Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station, located on the North South Line in Singapore. It is adjacent to AMK Hub.

HistoryEdit

A 25-year-old Chinese lady Ms Neo Shiea Chee, a teacher at Holy Innocents' High School, was run over by a southbound train at Ang Mo Kio MRT station shortly before 7pm on 11 Jan 2003 when she fell into the tracks and was crushed by an oncoming train. She was too engrossed in reading her book and was unaware that the train was already approaching the station. Trains were not disrupted as Ang Mo Kio Station's northbound trains used the centre platform.

Trains were disrupted for twenty minutes at around 10.35 am on 20 Aug 2009 after a passenger went down the track just as the train was approaching the station. SMRT said that the passenger was later assisted out of the track and taken to the hospital for medical examination. Commuters who were affected were guided to the next available train.

Nitcharee Peneakchansak, a 14 year old Thai teenager, was seriously injured and lost both her legs after she fell onto the track and was hit by a train (C751B 327/328) at Ang Mo Kio on April 3, 2011.[1] Peneakchansak left Singapore on June 13, 2011 after recuperating in hospital. SMRT had reportedly offered the family S$5000 as compensation. The victim's father, rejected the compensation as her prosthetic legs will cost around S$100,000 and must be changed every three to five years.[2]

After the news broke out, anonymous Singaporean donors donated S$250,000 for her medical rehabilitation expenses. At the same time, a Singaporean living in Hong Kong wanted to settle Peneakchansak's hospital bills in full, which amounted to about S$50,000.[3] Her father decided to sue SMRT for S$3.4 million on June 17, 2011, the amount equivalent to the price for the 20 pairs of prosthetic legs that Peneakchansak will need in her lifetime.[4]

On June 20, 2011, SMRT clarified that the money offered to Peneakchansak was a gesture of goodwill and not compensation. The transport company said compensation would only be made after investigations had concluded. SMRT also said that the S$10,000 offered to her family to travel to Singapore when she was still in hospital was also a gesture of goodwill.[5] In its defence papers on 1 September 2011, the SMRT reiterates that all the safety warnings and precautions – such as the yellow lines – were in place and that the distance which the train travelled after the driver slammed on the brakes were within "safety specifications" and argues that Peneakchansak's "negligence" contributed to her falling "onto the tracks at the MRT station on her own accord". It also claimed that the girl was "aware of the danger of the oncoming trains and that by standing behind the yellow safety line until the train had stopped", she would have been reasonably safe from falling onto the tracks and pointed out that the girl had failed to keep a proper lookout for the oncoming train and take reasonable care of her own well-being despite knowing the risks of falling. It adds that she had failed to stand behind the yellow safety line until the train had stopped despite clear warning signs displayed at the MRT station.[6]

Because of this accident, Mr Ang Hin Kee, MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC announced that Ang Mo Kio will be installed with the half-height platform screen doors on the platform by June, earlier than scheduled. Although it was announced to be completed by June, it was delayed till 2 December 2011 before operations began. And later, on 30 June 2012, it was installed with HVLS fans together with Jurong East.[7]

Station layoutEdit

L2 Platform 1 North South Line towards Jurong East via Yio Chu Kang (→)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 3/4 North South Line Terminus of short-working trips
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 2 North South Line towards Marina South Pier via Bishan (←)
L1 Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control
B1 Underpass AMK Hub, Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange

ExitsEdit

  • A - Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3
  • B - Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8
  • C (via underpass) - AMK Hub, Ang Mo Kio Bus interchange
  • D - Cheng San CC

Transport connectionsEdit

RailEdit

Destination First Train Last Train
Mon – Fri Sat Sunday &
Public Holiday
Daily
North South Line
to Yishun 5.07am 5.07am 5.40am 12.08am
to Jurong East 5.17am 5.16am 5.40am 12.15am
to Marina Bay 5.34am 5.34am 6.07am 11.36pm
to Toa Payoh 12.11am
to Kranji 5.17am 5.17am 5.40am 12.32am

ReferencesEdit

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External linksEdit


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