SMRT Bus Service 856: Woodlands Train Checkpoint to Woodlands North MRT Station by Bus

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SMRT Bus Service 856 is a long-standing bus service serving Woodlands Train Checkpoint and plying between Yishun Bus Interchange and Woodlands Temporary Interchange. As of 31 January 2020, with the opening of the Thomson-East Coast Line Stage 1, SMRT Bus Service 856 has now been amended to serve Woodlands North MRT Station, the northernmost terminus of the new MRT line.

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The usual Bus Stop 46069 W’lands Train Checkpt.

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The information of the SMRT Bus Service 856 route amendment to serve the new Woodlands North MRT Station at Bus Stop 46069 W’lands Train Checkpt.

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After a few minutes of waiting, the SMRT Bus Service 856 towards Yishun appeared.

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I got a seat on the lower deck since it would be a short ride.

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The new Khalsa Cres Drug Rehab Ctr bus stop on Admiralty Road West, moved back from the old position. A route controller is stationed here to remind the bus captain to turn right to the new Woodlands North Coast Road.

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Keeping right to turn into Woodlands North Coast Road. The disused Khalsa Cres Drug Rehab Ctr bus stop can be seen ahead.

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Turning into the new Woodlands North Coast Road.

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It would be a more-than-400 meters uphill walk in to Woodlands North MRT Station from Admiralty Road West, not a particularly fun thing to do.

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The facade of Woodlands North MRT Station Exit 2 appearing.

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Arriving at Bus Stop 47201 W’lands Nth Stn.

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The journey from Woodlands Train Checkpoint to Woodlands North MRT Station took 10 minutes.

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SMRT Bus Service 856 at Woodlands North MRT Station. This bus will continue on to Yishun Bus Interchange.

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Looping around Woodlands North Coast Road to head back to Admiralty Road West.

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The bus stop sign of Bus Stop 47201 W’lands Nth Stn.

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Strangely, the bus stop sign is placed at the rear of the bus stop, despite everyone going to come out from Woodlands North MRT Station.

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The route information panel in Bus Stop 47201 W’lands Nth Stn.

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The route information of SMRT Bus Service 856 towards Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange at Bus Stop 47201 W’lands Nth Stn.

As SMRT Bus Service 856 serves Bus Stop 47201 W’lands Nth Stn in both directions, ensure that the bus’ destination on the EDS is mentioned to your direction.

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The route information of SMRT Bus Service 856 towards Yishun Bus Interchange at Bus Stop 47201 W’lands Nth Stn.

As SMRT Bus Service 856 serves Bus Stop 47201 W’lands Nth Stn in both directions, ensure that the bus’ destination on the EDS is mentioned to your direction.

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The currently unused Woodlands North MRT Station Exit 2. This would be adjacent to the future RTS Link station box, if it ever happens.

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The path from Bus Stop 47201 W’lands Nth Stn to Woodlands North MRT Station Exit 1 is fully sheltered.

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The facade of Woodlands North MRT Station Exit 1.

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The view of Bus Stop 47201 W’lands Nth Stn from Woodlands North MRT Station Exit 1.

[IMPORTANT]
Do note that SMRT Bus Service 856 does NOT serve Woodlands Train Checkpoint when heading towards Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange unless you do a bit of walking.

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An incoming SMRT Bus Service 856 heading towards Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange.

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SMRT Bus Service 856 at Bus Stop 47201 W’lands Nth Stn.

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Looping around Woodlands North Coast Road to head back to Admiralty Road West.

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From here, I headed down at Woodlands North MRT Station Exit 1 to continue my journey on the Thomson-East Coast Line.

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