NS12 Canberra MRT Station is a new intermediate station on the North South Line, constructed as an infill station in the middle of a running line. The new station lies between Yishun and Sembawang, serving the new HDB developments at Canberra, saving residents of the new estate a long feeder bus ride to either Yishun or Sembawang.
The updated route map featuring NS12 Canberra MRT Station on the SMRT Active Route-map and Information System 2 (STARiS 2) by SMRT.
Flashing the next station as NS12 Canberra MRT Station after departing from Yishun.
Unfortunately, SMRT didn’t take this opportunity the mess of formatting on the STARiS 2 with varying fonts of Arial and Calibri still used for NS12 Canberra MRT Station, instead of the standard LTA Identity font.
Heading to NS12 Canberra MRT Station passing some noise barriers.
The new transit-oriented development opposite NS12 Canberra MRT Station.
Entering NS12 Canberra MRT Station.
As this is an infill station, NS12 Canberra MRT Station features side platforms as the track alignment is not affected.
The annoying technical diagram of the station. No one is going to understand anything, SMRT.
On the updated SMRT Active Route-map and Information System (STARiS) by SMRT, the LED for Canberra is also put in place.
Alighting for the first time at NS12 Canberra MRT Station.
NS12 Canberra MRT Station features quite a long restricted area at the ends of the platform.
Looking northbound towards Woodlands and Jurong East.
The new facing crossovers at NS12 Canberra MRT Station to recover services. Unfortunately, opportunity was not taken during construction of NS12 Canberra MRT Station to add in a siding beside the southbound track for either storage or to allow for a shorter gap during turnback without affecting through southbound services.
My train departing for Sembawang and onwards to Jurong East.
Despite being side platforms, the area was surprisingly spacious.
The new route map style at NS12 Canberra MRT Station, similar to the trial conducted at Outram Park East West Line.
The station sign of NS12 Canberra MRT Station in English and Simplified Chinese above the information boards.
The station sign of NS12 Canberra MRT Station in English and Tamil above the information boards.
Instead of just having a regular passenger-in-wheel chair label, the corresponding door is tagged with a Priority Boarding sticker.
Despite being a brand new station, only one RATIS screen is installed in the middle of the platform. Passengers at the ends of the platform would have to squint then.
This being a new station, Art in Transit is also featured. In NS12 Canberra MRT Station, the arwork is entitled “Symbiosis” done by Singaporean artist Tan Zi Xi, bringing to light the symbiotic relationship between flora and fauna.
Despite being the first day of operations, NS12 Canberra MRT Station was already oeprating just like a normal day without fanfare.
Heading down to the concourse.
The side platforms of NS12 Canberra MRT Station.
Viaduct columns can be seen at the concourse.
The fare line to Exits C and D.
The route map of the North South Line at NS12 Canberra MRT Station.
The spacious walkway at the concourse on ground level.
The original viaduct pillars integrated with the concourse.
The escalator up to Platform B.
Southbound Platform B has a unique layout, featuring its own exit concourse and leading directly to the overhead bridge across the road.
The special Exit E is located in the middle of Platform B with its own dedicated fare line. This allows passengers from opposite NS12 Canberra MRT Station, arriving on buses or by foot, to access the city-bound platform directly.
The direct entrance to the southbound platform from the overhead bridge Exit E.
A new ticketing service kiosk is installed at NS12 Canberra MRT Station.
These ticketing service kiosks work similarly to Top-up Machines but accept more payment modes.
Standard Ticket purchase seems to be not possible as the machine requires a CEPAS-compliant card to start the process.
The only function available for my bank card here is to check my transaction history.
The northern facade of NS12 Canberra MRT Station.
Passengers bound for Sembawang and beyond have to access the platform from the concourse level via the ground floor.
The locality map of NS12 Canberra MRT Station.
The locality map changes the direction of view according to where it is positioned.
The fare line of Exits C and D.
The new bus stop outside NS12 Canberra MRT Station.
The linkbridge of Exit E as seen from the bus stop at NS12 Canberra MRT Station.
Tactile information is provided on the hand rails for the visually-impaired.
The concourse of Exits A and B.
The passenger service centre is located at the concourse of Exits A and B.
The two types of ticketing service kiosks at Exits A and B.
The updated route map showing NS12 Canberra MRT Station.
Ten Mile Junction has also been properly removed from the new map.
Welp. LTA has to make a new map again in a few months time.
Bicycle stands can be found outside Exits B and D.
I’m quite surprised that LT didn’t opt for the usual double deck type of bicycle racks though.
The sign for the bicycle park outside Exit B.
4 shop lots are available on the linkbridge to Exit E.
The linkbridge takes passengers across Canberra Link seamlessly.
The bus stop on the other side of NS12 Canberra MRT Station.
The direct link to Canberra Plaza is ready to open the moment the new mall is opened.
Heading down to the bus stop at Exit E.
The southbound facade of NS12 Canberra MRT Station.
The bus stop opposite NS12 Canberra MRT Station.
The overall facade of NS12 Canberra MRT Station featuring the linkbridge across Canberra Link.
The linkbridge takes passengers directly from opposite the station the city-bound platform.
Overall, an improvement for the residents of Canberra with this new NS12 Canberra MRT Station, cutting journey times by about 10 minutes to wherever they are going from Canberra without the need for a feeder bus ride all the way to Yishun or Sembawang now. This also means an additional 1 to 2 minutes of travel time for everyone else traversing the long Yishun – Sembawang sector with the additional stop now, but overall benefits for the residents and the new developments still carry more weightage.
With the completion of NS12 Canberra MRT Station, there is now just one missing station number left at Sungei Kadut to be filled in.