Outram Park MRT Station 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 was refurbished in 2006, it was the last MRT station that had Chinese characters on its station livery on the East West Line (heading towards Joo Koon).[1]

Opening in 2021, Outram Park will be a triple-line interchange station with a new line, Thomson Line, similar to Dhoby Ghaut.[2]


One of the more prominent areas it serves (in addition to the district of Outram) is Chinatown. Although the present Chinatown 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 and Pearl Bank Apartments. 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 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 disruptionsEdit

On 15 March 2012, more than 117,000 commuters were affected during a peak hour train breakdown between Dhoby Ghaut and HarbourFront, caused by faulty overhead power cables at the tunnel of the Outram Park that had snapped. A second problem was discovered relating to electricity insulation, delaying the service further. Train services resumed at 4.35 pm after nearly 10 hours of disruption making it the third breakdown in 4 months.[3][4][5] Subsequently, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) intends to impose financial penalties amounting to S$400,000 on SBS Transit for the train service disruption along the North East Line on 15 March 2012.[6]

On 10 January 2013, train services in both directions on the North East Line was disrupted due to a power fault. At about 9.50 a.m., SBS Transit said no train service is available between HarbourFront and Outram Park. Train services fully resumed at 4.35 p.m.[7][8][9]

Bomb hoaxesEdit

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.[10] 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.[11]

Police shooting incidentEdit

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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.[12]

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.[13]

Station layoutEdit

Outram Park 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)
Health Sciences Authority (HSA)
B1 EWL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control, Transitlink Counter
B2 Platform 1 East West Line towards Pasir Ris via Tanjong Pagar (→)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 2 East West Line towards Tuas Plaza via Tiong Bahru (←)
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
B4 Platform 3 North East Line towards HarbourFront (→)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 4 North East Line towards Punggol via Chinatown (←)
B5 Platform 5 Thomson Line (under construction) towards Tanjung Puteri via Havelock (→)
Island platform, doors will open on the right/left
Platform 6 Thomson Line (under construction) towards Tanjung Puteri via Havelock (→)
B6 Platform 7 Thomson Line (under construction) towards Resorts World Sentosa via Tanjong Pagar West (←)
Island platform, doors will open on the right/left
Platform 8 Thomson Line (under construction) towards Bedok Junction via Maxwell (←)


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.


All platforms are served by a set of escalators, stairs and lifts which connect to their respective station concourses one floor above. Both EWL and NEL stations are linked by a transfer linkway at Basement 3, which connect to the EWL platforms at one end and the NEL concourse at the other end.

During the NSEWL western area closure, as the train will terminate at Outram Park MRT Station, it will turn at the middle track west of Outram Park MRT Station. This was being used from December 1987 to March 1988, and from May 2008 to July 2014 (SMRT Lunchtime Xpress). Customers may still board at Outram Park westbound platform when they chase people out at the station, but do not post your experience on the Facebook or YouTube, to avoid jail sentences.


Exit Nearby
A Singapore General Hospital, SGH ICU, Bowyer’s Block, Tiong Bahru Market, National Eye Centre, Pearl’s Centre, Kreta Ayer, Chinatown Complex
B Singapore General Hospital, SGH ICU, Bowyer’s Block, National Eye Centre
F Health Promotion Board
G Police Cantonment Complex (Central Police Division), The Pinnacle @ Duxton
H Dorsett Hotel

The East West Line used to have its own atria. The main atria is where Timothy Mok used to go from the Health Promotion Board and Singapore General Hospital all the while in 2007 and 2008. Exit F is also used as well. Nowadays during the Lee Kuan Yew’s ICU from 5 February 2015 to 23 March 2015, Exits A and B were also used.

Exit G connects to the Police Cantonment Complex, where the construction began in January 1999. It began to move in on July 2001, and the exit was completed ahead of the schedule.

Passenger Usage PatternsEdit

Platforms Services
East West Line
Platform 1
EWL – Tanjong Pagar, Aljunied, Eunos, Tampines & Pasir Ris
East West Line
Platform 2
EWL – Clementi, Jurong East, Lakeside, Boon Lay & Joo Koon
North East Line
Platform 3
NSL – Yishun (change at Dhoby Ghaut)
NEL – Punggol

Transport connectionsEdit


Destination First Train Last Train
Mon – Fri Sat Sunday &
Public Holiday
East West Line
to EW1 Pasir Ris 5.54am 5.54am 6.22am 12.04am
to EW29 Joo Koon 6.04am 6.04am 6.30am 12.04am
North East Line
to NE1 HarbourFront 6.12am 6.11am 6.32am 11.57pm
to NE17 Punggol 6.02am 6.03am 6.23am 11.58pm



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  10. Singapore Police Force, 22 August 2007, Appeal for Information, viewed on 23 August 2007.
  11. 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.
  12. Valerie Tan, Channel NewsAsia, 6 March 2008, 43-year-old man shot by police at Outram Park MRT, viewed on 6 March 2008
  13. Liang Kaixin, Channel NewsAsia, 12 January 2010, "Justifiable Homicide" ruling for policeman who shot knife-wielding man

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