- Chinatown MRT Station
Chinatown MRT Station
Stesen MRT Chinatown
North East Line platform of Chinatown station, with chinese calligraphy on the floor as are part of the Art in Transit Scheme
Station statistics Address 151 New Bridge Road
Coordinates LinesDowntown Line
Connections Bus, Taxi Structure Underground Levels 3 (1 U/C) Platforms Island (North East Line)
Side (Downtown Line)
Tracks 4 (2 U/C) Other information Opened 20 June 2003 (North East Line)
Opening 2013 (Downtown Line)
Accessible Code NE4 / DT19 Services Preceding station Mass Rapid Transit Following stationtowards HarbourFront North East Linetowards Punggoltowards Bukit Panjang Downtown Line
(under construction)Stage 1Fort Canningtowards Expo
Chinatown MRT Station (NE4/DT19) is a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station on the North East Line and upcoming Downtown Line in Singapore. On the North East Line, it lies between the Outram Park and Clarke Quay MRT stations and between Telok Ayer and River Valley on the Downtown Line. It is directly below and serves the district of Chinatown. 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.
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.
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. 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. Like Dover, Braddell and Bishan MRT Stations, the Downtown Line station will have side platforms.
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. 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.
The main entrance and exit of the station is situated in the middle of Pagoda Street within the heart of Chinatown, which is now closed to all automobiles but remains open to pedestrians and manual vehicles such as trishaws. One could note that the modern architecture of the station entrance could provide an uneasy contrast to the Victorian era shophouses surrounding it, although some may like the cultural fusion.
L1 Street Level B1 Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Passenger Service Centre B2 Platform A North East Line towards NE1 CC29 HarbourFront (→) Island platform, Doors will open on the right Platform B North East Line towards NE17 Punggol (←)
Chinatown station acts as an interchange between MRT rail and a multitude of bus routes.
Destination First Train Last Train Mon - Sat Sunday &
Daily North East Line to NE1 HarbourFront 6.09am 6.29am 11.54pm to NE17 Punggol 6.05am 6.25am 12.00am Downtown Line to DT14 Bugis - - -
The following bus services serve the bus stop outside New Bridge Centre (near Exit A) along New Bridge Road:
Bus Stop Code: 05049 (Chinatown Point) Service Destination Note SBS Transit Trunk Services 2 New Bridge Road Bus Terminal 12 New Bridge Road Bus Terminal 33 Kent Ridge Bus Terminal 54 New Bridge Road Bus Terminal 143 Jurong East Bus Interchange 147 Clementi Bus Interchange SBS Transit Chinatown Direct Services CT8 New Bridge Road Bus Terminal CT18 New Bridge Road Bus Terminal CT28 New Bridge Road Bus Terminal SMRT Buses Trunk Service 190 New Bridge Road Bus Terminal
The following bus services serve the bus stop outside People's Park Complex (Exit C) along Eu Tong Sen Street:
Bus Stop Code: 05022 (People's Park Centre) Service Destination Note SBS Transit Trunk Services 54 Bishan Bus Interchange 124 Saint Michael's Bus Terminal 145 Toa Payoh Bus Interchange 147 Hougang Central Bus Interchange 166 Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange SMRT Buses Trunk Services 190 Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange 851 Yishun Bus Interchange
The entrance to Chinatown station at street level, which lies in the middle of Pagoda Street in the heart of Chinatown which is now closed to automobile traffic
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