Prior to the opening of the station, it was named Thomson Road. Later on in 1985 it was renamed to Novena. The station was named after the popular weekly Novena devotion sessions held at the nearby Catholic Church of Saint Alphonsus or more popularly known as the Novena Church. The term "Novena" is derived from the Latin word "Novem" which means nine, and which refers to prayers said for nine consecutive days. Excavation work for the 14.5m deep station has been completed in January 1985. Work for the casting of platforms, walls and columns is 35 per cent complete. Four tunnels have been dug simultaneously, and it is still underway from Shan Road, towards Toa Payoh and Newton.
The station had undergone lift refurbishment from January 2000 due to the disabled access from Tan Tock Seng Hospital, however it was completed in March 2002 and lifts began operating at this station.
Originally, the station's distinctive features are bright green wall tiles, but the tiles were all falling in 2005. The station was completely refurbished in May 2007, at the same time when Square 2 also opened. The lifts at Novena MRT Station were replaced from September 2006 to May 2007.
The station is rumoured to be haunted, possibly because the area used to be the site of a Jewish cemetery.
The station has a ticket concourse located at Basement 1. They feature faregates for automatic fare collection and provides access between paid and unpaid areas of the station, with at least one bidirectional wide-swinging gate for the benefit of passengers-in-wheelchairs and those carrying bulky items or travelling with prams. Glass doors are also connected to the station.
Passenger Usage PatternsEdit
|East West Line|
|EW2 Tampines||Take North South Line to City Hall, then change to East West Line to Tampines Station.|
|EW3 Simei||Take bus service 5 (B/S 3) to Simei Street 3 (Simei Station).|
|EW12 Bugis||Take bus service 851 (B/S 1) to Ophir Road (opp Rochor Centre) and walk to Bugis Station.|
|North South Line|
|NS15 Yio Chu Kang||Take North South Line to Yio Chu Kang Station.|
|NS17 Bishan||Take North South Line to Bishan Station.|
|NS22 Orchard||Take bus service 143 / 162 / 167 (B/S 2) to Orchard Road (Tangs Plaza).|
|North East Line|
|NE8 Farrer Park||Take bus service 141 (B/S 1) to Rangoon Road (opp Farrer Park Station).|
|CC3 Esplanade||Take bus service 56 / 57 (B/S 1) to Beach Road (opp Raffles Hotel).|
|CC4 Promenade||Take bus service 56 to Raffles Boulevard (opp Pan Pacific Hotel).|
|L1||Street Level||Novena Square|
|B1||Concourse||Faregates, Station Control, Ticketing Machines|
|B2||Platform 1||North South Line towards Jurong East via Toa Payoh (→)|
|Island platform, doors will open on the right|
|Platform 2||North South Line towards Marina South Pier via Newton (←)|
- A: Ministry of Home Affairs, Ren Ci Hospital & Medicare Centre, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, National Neuroscience Institute
- B: National Skin Centre, Bus Stops, Thomson Medical Centre, Goldhill Centre, United Square, Novena Church, Velocity@Novena Square, Taxis, Hca Hospice Care, Novena Square, Thomson Rd / Moulmein Rd, Communicable Disease Centre, Hotel Royal, Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore, Dover Park Hospice
|Destination||First Train||Last Train|
|Mon – Fri||Sat|| Sunday &|
|North South Line|
|to Jurong East||6.01am||6.15am||6.40am||12.05am|
|to Marina South Pier||5.44am||5.44am||6.09am||11.46pm|