Chinatown MRT Station
Downtown Line platform of Chinatown MRT station.
|Location||151 New Bridge Road
91 Upper Cross Street
|Operated by||SBS Transit (ComfortDelGro) (North East Line)
SBS Transit DTL (Downtown Line)
|Platforms||Island (North East Line)
Side (Downtown Line)
|Opened||20 June 2003 (North East Line)
22 December 2013 (Downtown Line)
Chinatown MRT Station (NE4/DT19) is a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station on the North East Line and the 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 Fort Canning MRT stations 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. The section of track between Telok Ayer and this station is the shortest between any 2 stations on the Downtown Line; it takes 1 minute for a train to travel between these 2 stations.
Art in Transit
North East Line
Artwork titled, "Flying Colours" by Cheo Chai Hiang illustrate hanging clothes on poles outside windows, delivering the illusion towards commuters passing by that the clothes are flying in the wind.
The North-East Line part of this station was first constructed and opened on 20 June 2003. It is sited below Eu Tong Seng Street and New Bridge Road. Provisions were made during the construction for Downtown MRT Line, where it was upgraded in January 2010.
The Downtown Line part of this station commenced on 12 February 2008 and opened on 22 December 2013, as part of the six-station Stage 1 of the Downtown Line. The Downtown Line station and tracks are built beneath Cross Street, above and perpendicular to the North-East Line station and tracks. Construction of the Downtown Line station also added a new entrance near Hong Lim Complex.
Before the North-East Line part of this station opened, the Singapore Civil Defence Force conducted the second ever Shelter Open House on 15–16 February 2003, together with Farrer Park, Serangoon and Hougang stations.
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.
|DTL Concourse||Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Passenger Service Centre|
|NEL Concourse||Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Passenger Service Centre|
|Side platform, not in service|
|Platform B||Alighting only
Downtown Line (under construction) towards via Expo (→) Fort Canning
|Platform A||Boarding only: Downtown Line towards via Bugis (←) Telok Ayer
Downtown Line (under construction) towards via Bukit Panjang (←) Telok Ayer
|Side platform, doors will open on the left|
|B3||Platform A||North East Line towards via HarbourFront (→) Outram Park|
|Island platform, doors will open on the right|
|Platform B||North East Line towards via Punggol (←) Clarke Quay|
|Transfer Linkway||Paid link to Downtown Line Platform A|
- A: Chinatown Complex
- C: Garden Bridge
- D: People's Park Centre
- E: Hong Lim Market, Chinatown Point
|Destination||First Train||Last Train|
|Mon - Fri||Sat||Sunday &
|North East Line|
|to NE1 HarbourFront||6.10am||6.09am||6.30am||11.55pm|
|to NE17 Punggol||6.03am||6.05am||6.25am||12.00am|
|to DT14 Bugis||6.15am||6.15am||6.35am||12.00am|
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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