Woodleigh MRT Station is an underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station found on North-East Cemetery in Toa Payoh, Singapore. The MRT Station which is expected to serve the upcoming New Bidadari Town is partly built on former Bidadari Cemetery. The Woodleigh Residences is located right next to Woodleigh MRT Station. The Woodleigh Residences is a mix development located right next to the MRT Station by Singapore Press Holdings SPH and Kajima Development.
Woodleigh MRT Station North East Line
When the North-East Line was first opened, Woodleigh MRT station together with Buangkok MRT Station were the two completed mass rapid stations in the whole system that were non-operational. The Station closed for eight years due to low commuter traffic from the surrounding areas. Report estimates taken at that time indicate that Woodleigh MRT Station made daily rider-ship of less than 2,000 passengers, the general benchmark that was considered necessary for the MRT Station to make a sensible economic operation. However in March 8 2001, the SBS TRANSIT announced the re-opening of the station in June 20, 2011.
Woodleigh MRT Station Beside The Woodleigh Residences
Its re-opening led to massive refurbishment. The station was polished and maintenance work was carried on the old escalators, lifts and fare-gates. To celebrate the eighth anniversary since the opening of the North-East Line in 2003, Mr. Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport officially opened the station in June 20, 2011.
Information published in Singapore’s Master Plan and reports from several newspapers indicate that there is a major housing project plan that will be carried out on what was formerly the Bidadari Cemetery. Condos existing nearby include Euro Asia Park, Avon Park and the Blossoms at Woodleigh. Furthermore, there are other new condominium projects found nearby that are still under development such as 8 @ Woodleigh, Woodleigh Close and Parc Mondrian. Other nearby buildings include shop houses and the Salvation Army Stock house. Woodleigh MRT Station is located close to elite schools like Cedar primary school, the Stamford American-international School, Maris Stella School among others. For an easier and quick access to the city and the Central Business District, Pan-Island expressway, Central expressway and Potong-Pasir MRT Station are just a couple of minutes away.
Woodleigh MRT Station Bidadari Estate
In 18th April 2017, Woodleigh MRT Station was closed for almost three hours after someone left some suspicious substance on various parts of the station. The substance was later established to be baking flour and a 69 year old man was arrested and charged for causing public alarm.