Fun Fact Friday: Jurong East “A” or “D”?

What do “A” and “D” represent on the train arrival screens for trains travelling towards Jurong East on the North-South Line?

A train arrival screen (RATIS) at Toa Payoh MRT Station, showing an arriving train bound for Jurong East Platform A with an estimated arrival timing of 1 minute. Subsequent trains bound for Jurong East will berth at Platform D/E, estimated arrival times of 4 minutes and 6 minutes

These letters represent the platform, which the train would be berthing at, upon arrival at Jurong East interchange. Several trains during the peak hours would typically alternate between berthing at Platform A or Platforms D/E at Jurong East.

Platform Layout at Jurong East MRT Station

Infographic showcasing the platforms at Jurong East MRT station.

Trains travelling towards Platforms D/E at Jurong East are represented by “Jurong East [D]” on the train arrival screens. Likewise, trains travelling towards Platform A at Jurong East are represented by “Jurong East [A]”.


Benefits to Displaying Arrival Platform

Platforms A and B at Jurong East MRT station

The benefit of having that information is especially useful for passengers who are heading towards Tuas Link on the East-West Line (EWL), as they may choose to only board trains that end at Platform D.

This would allow them to simply cross the platform to transfer to trains heading towards Tuas Link at Jurong East, as opposed to taking a relatively longer route to transfer from Platform A to Platform F, by going through the concourse level.


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Related Links
North-South Line (NSL) – SGTrains
East-West Line (EWL) – SGTrains
Information Systems – SGTrains


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Matthew Ng

An avid train enthusiast since 2009, he designs graphics and infographics to promote the little known facts about Singapore's train network.