Expo MRT Station
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|Address||21 Changi South Avenue 1|
|Line(s)||East West Line|
Downtown Line (Under Construction)
|Structure Type||Elevated (East West Line)|
Underground (Downtown Line)
|Levels||4 (2 U/C)|
|Tracks||4 (2 U/C)|
|Opened||10 January 2001 (East West Line)|
2017 (Downtown Line)
It sports a space age architecture designed by world-renowned architect Sir Norman Foster. The roof is clad in titanium, steel, and glass, and its design enabled the platform to be columns-free, invoking a sense of spaciousness. The station is built to handle fluctuating passenger volumes due to events at the adjacent Singapore Expo, and has the large spaces needed to facilitate smooth traffic flow.
The section of underground track between this station and Changi Airport is the longest underground track between any two MRT stations in Singapore.
The station's shell-shaped roof is derived from the section of a torus, as the eventual shape of the roof resembles a cylindrical cut perpendicular to the torus, while the shell roof is supported by two pairs of "Y" shaped twin columns separated by a 70 metre span in between. These columns are unique in that they are built outside the station platform and behind the train tracks.
Another distinctive feature is the large disc situated at the top of the glass elevator shaft, as seen in the photo on the right. The disc overhangs and terminates one end of the toroidal curved roof form, and contains an elevator shaft for the usage of the handicapped or needy. Its unusual shape lead some people to comment that it looked like a spaceship or UFO. This unique disc is the first of its kind in Singapore, although it was also used for the New Supreme Court building in downtown Singapore, which was opened in 2006.
Train services to Expo station were initially operated as a 2-station shuttle service from Tanah Merah when the station first opened and it was first denoted by code E13 for a short while until the MRT map was revamped in 2001. It was then converted to a through service from Boon Lay Station when the other station on the Changi Extension, Changi Airport, opened. However, to cut costs due to ridership falling below expectations, the service was reverted into shuttle mode on 22 July 2003.
The initial numbering of this station was EW28, until 20 June 2003 when it was changed to CG1. The same numbering is now used for Pioneer.
The station has a high passenger traffic whenever there are major events occurring in the Singapore Expo. The recent expansion of Singapore Expo helped increase the passenger traffic in the station. However, traffic is still rather low at certain times of the year when there are not many events held. However, this changed in 2011 as Changi City Point opens at the south of the station and linked to the station by an underpass, bringing more crowds to the station.
On 1 February 2014, an elderly man was hit by a train which is believed to have access to the track by climbing over the platform screen door and currently being treated in the hospital as the victim suffers from multiple injuries.
Downtown Line Construction
On 28 November 2011, LTA marked the start of construction of Downtown Line 3 (DTL3) with a groundbreaking ceremony at this station.
Platform screen doors & High Volume, Low Speed (HVLS) Fans
Together with the elevated stations along the North South Line and East West Line, it was originally built without any Platform Screen Doors to prevent commuters from falling into the train tracks and HVLS Fans to improve air ventilated on the platforms. The station was retrofitted with half-height platform screen doors which commenced operations on 31 August 2011 and HVLS Blade fans which commenced operation on 27 September 2012.
|L2||Platform A||East West Line|
towards ' ' Changi Airport (→)
|Platform B||East West Line|
towards ' ' Tanah Merah (←)
|L1||EWL Concourse||Faregates, General Ticketing Machines, Passenger Service Centre|
|Street Level||Singapore Expo|
|B1||Underpass to||Changi City Point|
|DTL Concourse||Faregates, General Ticketing Machines, Passenger Service Centre|
|B2||Platform B||Downtown Line|
towards ' ' Bukit Panjang (←) (Under Construction)
|Platform A||Downtown Line|
towards ' ' Bukit Panjang (←) (Under Construction)
- A - Singapore Expo
- B - Changi Sth Ave 1, Changi City Point
|Destination||First Train||Last Train|
|Mon − Fri||Sat||Sun & P.H.||Daily|
Notes: Last train towards Tanah Merah connecting to Joo Koon at Tanah Merah station departs at 23:23.
- "Elderly man unconscious after being hit by SMRT train near Expo station". Nur Asyiqin Mohamad Salleh (The Straits Times, 1 February 2013). Retrieved 1 February 2013.
- "Construction Work on Downtown Line 3 Starts". Land Transport Authority (28 November 2011). Retrieved 16 July 2012.
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