Chinatown MRT Station

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 NE4  DT19 
Chinatown
牛车水
சைனாடவுன்
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Platform of Chinatown Station
Station statistics
Address 151 New Bridge Road
Singapore 059443
91 Upper Cross Street
Singapore 058362
Coordinates 1°17′05″N, 103°50′38″E
Lines North East, Downtown
Connections Bus, Taxi
Structure Underground
Levels 2
Platforms Island (NEL)/Side (DTL)
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened 20 June 2003 (North East Line)
22 December 2013 (Downtown Line)
Code  NE4  DT19 
Operator  SBS Transit 
Services
Preceding Station Mass Rapid Transit Following Station
Outram Park
towards HarbourFront
North East Line Clarke Quay
towards Punggol
Telok Ayer
towards Bukit Panjang
Downtown Line Fort Canning
towards Expo
Location
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Chinatown MRT Station (NE4/DT19) is an underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station on the North East Line and the Downtown Line, and serves as an interchange station between the two lines.

The construction of the station was considered an engineering achievement, due to the busy traffic on the roads above and a number of nearby historical buildings that had to be preserved during the construction.

This station will serve as the southern terminus of the Downtown Line until 2017, where it would be replaced by Expo as the third phase of the line opens.

Contents

Art in Transit

Located in the heart of Singapore's Chinatown, there are many cultural buildings surrounding it. There are also Chinese calligraphy paintings in the station, titled The Phoenix’s-Eye Domain, the significance of Chinatown and is painted by renowned Singapore artist Tan Swie Hian.

History

Provisions were made during the initial construction of this station for connection with future lines, which will serve developments in the New Downtown area, especially the integrated resort. The station will be an interchange with Stage 1 of the future Downtown Line, with the connecting station and tracks built under and perpendicular to the current station, beneath Cross Street.[1] A new entrance and exit structure will be built near Hong Lim Complex as part of the Downtown Line station addition. Construction for the Downtown Line station commenced on 12 February 2008.

Before the station opened, the Singapore Civil Defence Force conducted the second ever Shelter Open House on 15 February and 16 February 2003, together with Farrer Park, Serangoon and Hougang stations.

Construction

This station is said to be the most challenging station to build on the North-East line, due to the large number of buildings above ground, most with reinforced concrete or timber piles and all in marine clay.[2] Another feat was that they had to preserve Garden Bridge, a large overhead bridge on bore piles, while building the station below. The tidal Eu Tong Sen canal was also diverted into four two-meter diameter steel pipes slung under the temporary traffic decks (two on each side). Rigorous safety precautions ensured there were no fatal accidents during the construction.

Layout

L1 Street Level
B1 DTL Concourse Faregates, General Ticketing Machines, Passenger Service Centre
B2 NEL Concourse Faregates, General Ticketing Machines, Passenger Service Centre, Transitlink Ticket Office
Transfer Linkway between North East Line and Downtown Line Platforms
Side platform, Doors will open on the right
Platform A Downtown Line towards  DT14  EW12  Bugis (←)
Platform B Downtown Line towards  DT14  EW12  Bugis (←)
Side platform, Doors will open on the left
B3 Platform A North East Line towards  NE1  CC29  HarbourFront (→)
Island platform, Doors will open on the right
Platform B North East Line towards  NE17  PTC  Punggol (←)
Transfer Linkway between North East Line and Downtown Line Platforms

Exits

  • A : Lucky Chinatown, Pagoda Street, Chinatown Complex, New Bridge Road, Smith Street
  • C : People Park Complex, OG Building, People Park Food Centre, The Majestic, Yue Hwa Building
  • D : People Park Centre, Subordinate Court, Furama City Centre
  • E : New Bridge Road, Chinatown Point (Level 1), Hong Lim Food Centre
  • F : Hong Lim Complex, South Bridge Road, China Square Central
  • G : Chinatown Point (Level B1)

Rail Service

Destination First Train Last Train
Mon − Fri Sat Sun & P.H. Daily
North East Line
to NE1 HarbourFront 6.10am 6.10am 6.30am 11.55pm
to NE17 Pungggol 6.05am 6.05am 6.25am 12.00am
Downtown Line
to DT14 Bugis 6.15am 6.15am 6.35am 12.00am

References

  1. "Chinatown Station". Land Transport Authority
  2. "Other Rail Projects - North East Line". Land Transport Authority

Related Links

List of MRT Stations ViewTalkEdit
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East West Line Pasir RisTampinesSimeiTanah MerahBedokKembanganEunosPaya LebarAljuniedKallangLavenderBugisCity HallRaffles PlaceTanjong PagarOutram ParkTiong BahruRedhillQueenstownCommonwealthBuona VistaDoverClementiJurong EastChinese GardenLakesideBoon LayPioneerJoo KoonGul CircleTuas CrescentTuas West RoadTuas Link
Changi Airport Extension Tanah MerahExpoChangi Airport
North East Line HarbourFrontOutram ParkChinatownClarke QuayDhoby GhautLittle IndiaFarrer ParkBoon KengPotong PasirWoodleighSerangoonKovanHougangBuangkokSengkangPunggol
Circle Line Dhoby GhautBras BasahEsplanadePromenadeNicoll HighwayStadiumMountbattenDakotaPaya LebarMacPhersonTai SengBartleySerangoonLorong ChuanBishanMarymountCaldecottBukit BrownBotanic GardensFarrer RoadHolland VillageBuona Vistaone-northKent RidgeHaw Par VillaPasir PanjangLabrador ParkTelok BlangahHarbourFront
Marina Bay Extension StadiumNicoll HighwayPromenadeBayfrontMarina Bay
Downtown Line Stage 2 Bukit PanjangCashewHillviewBeauty WorldKing Albert ParkSixth AvenueTan Kah KeeBotanic GardensStevensNewtonLittle IndiaRochor
Stage 1 BugisPromenadeBayfrontDowntownTelok AyerChinatown
Stage 3 Fort CanningBencoolenJalan BesarBendemeerGeylang BahruMattarMacPhersonUbiKaki BukitBedok NorthBedok ReservoirTampines WestTampinesTampines EastUpper ChangiExpo
Thomson Line Stage 1 Woodlands NorthWoodlandsWoodlands South
Stage 2 SpringleafLentorMayflowerSin MingUpper ThomsonCaldecott
Stage 3 Mount PleasantStevensNapierOrchard BoulevardOrchardGreat WorldHavelockOutram ParkMaxwellShenton WayMarina BayMarina SouthGardens by the Bay
Stations in operational lines that are denoted in italics have yet to open.
North East Line ViewTalkEdit
HarbourFrontOutram ParkChinatownClarke QuayDhoby GhautLittle IndiaFarrer ParkBoon KengPotong PasirWoodleighSerangoonKovanHougangBuangkokSengkangPunggol
Downtown Line ViewTalkEdit
Bukit PanjangCashewHillviewBeauty WorldKing Albert ParkSixth AvenueTan Kah KeeBotanic GardensStevensNewtonLittle IndiaRochorBugisPromenadeBayfrontDowntownTelok AyerChinatownFort CanningBencoolenJalan BesarBendemeerGeylang BahruMattarMacPhersonUbiKaki BukitBedok NorthBedok ReservoirTampines WestTampinesTampines EastUpper ChangiExpo