This station primarily serves students of adjacent educational institutions such as Anderson Junior College and Nanyang Polytechnic, as well as the residential and industrial estates in the northern part of Ang Mo Kio.
The section of tracks between this station and Khatib MRT station is the longest between any two stations on the North South Line. Opened in November 1987, Yio Chu Kang station is one of the five stations that collectively make up Singapore's oldest MRT stations.
Yio Chu Kang station was the northern terminus of the North South Line when it first opened on 7 November 1987 along with the first five stations of the MRT. Trains terminated at Platform A before reversing and crossing over to the adjacent track.
On 3 March 2003, a 23-year-old drove his car onto an MRT track off Lentor Avenue, in the sector between Yio Chu Kang and Khatib, the first accident of its kind in the 15 years of MRT operations in Singapore. The accident occurred when the car, which was travelling at 87 kilometres per hour (54 mph) along Lentor Avenue – the speed limit was 70 kilometres per hour (43 mph) – mounted an 18 centimetres (7.1 in) kerb, crossed 6 metres (20 ft) of grass verge (inclusive of a 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) wide pavement), jumped over a 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) drain, went through a fence 2 metres (6 ft 7 in) away from the track, and went uphill onto a steep stone embankment before landing on the track. Witnesses tried to remove the car from the tracks to prevent a possible collision, however an oncoming train from Yio Chu Kang stopped their efforts. One of the witnesses signalled the train driver to stop. Although the train driver was not able to stop in time, he was able to slow the train down enough to prevent derailment.
Installations of the half-height screen doors started on 15 August 2011, and began operation on 18 October 2011. The station is installed with high-volume low-speed fans in operations since 24 August 2012. TITAN faregates were replaced in November 2012.
On February 12, 2015, a 29-year-old motorcyclist died after he was flung onto the MRT tracks between Khatib and Yio Chu Kang stations early on Thursday morning following a traffic accident on the Lentor flyover, similar to the 2003 accident.
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