Sentosa Express

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This article is about the current monorail system connecting Sentosa and Singapore proper. For the dismantled monorail system that used to loop Sentosa from 1982 to 2005, see Sentosa Monorail.
Sentosa Express
圣淘沙捷运
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Overview
Locale Sentosa, Singapore
Transit type Straddle-beam monorail
Number of lines 1
Number of stations 4
Operation
Began operation 15 January 2007
Operator(s) Sentosa Development Corporation
Technical
System length 2.1 km (1.3 mi)
A train pulling into Imbiah Station
A train at Beach Station during a test run

Sentosa Express (Chinese: 圣淘沙捷运; pinyin: Shèngtáoshā Jiéyùn) is a monorail line connecting Sentosa island to HarbourFront on the Singapore mainland across the waters.

Built at a cost of S$140 million, development started in June 2003 and was completed in December 2006.[1] The fully elevated 2.1-kilometre (1.3-mile; per direction) two-way line (4.3-km total track length) and three out of four stations opened on 15 January 2007.[1] The fourth station, Waterfront, opened on 1 February 2010.[2]

The monorail system, privately owned and operated by Sentosa Development Corporation, can move up to 4,000 passengers per hour per direction.[3]

Train timings[edit]

The daily first and last train timings of both Sentosa and Beach termini are 07:00 and 00:00 hours.[4] Trains run at an average frequency of three minutes during peak hours.[3] The entire route, from one terminus to the other, takes eight minutes.[1]

Fare and ticketing[edit]

The single-day Sentosa Pass costing S$4 allows island entry and unlimited rides on the Sentosa Express.[4] The contactless RFID card can be purchased from automated ticketing machines at any operational Sentosa Express station. Payment can be made using cash, NETS or credit card.

Alternatively, visitors may also scan their EZ-Link cards (used for electronic payments on public transport) on Sentosa terminus' turnstiles for island entry payment and a day of unlimited number of rides on the monorail.

Stations[edit]

Station name / colour code Interchanges within vicinity Opening Past working name
English Chinese Japanese
Sentosa 圣淘沙 セントーサ 15 January 2007 Gateway
Waterfront 滨海 ウォーターフロント
  • Resorts World Sentosa – mainland public buses
1 February 2010 Sentosa
Imbiah 英比奥 インビア
  • Sentosa island buses (Red, Blue, Yellow Lines)
15 January 2007 Merlion
Beach 海滩 ビーチ 15 January 2007 Palawan

S$26 million was spent on the elevated stations and the depot next to Beach terminus.[1] Sentosa terminus is the only station of the line on the mainland; the rest are on Sentosa. It is also the only one with full-height platform screen doors and bay platform using the Spanish solution. The other stations are not air-conditioned and are the first railway stations in the country to utilise Automatic platform gates.

The original Waterfront did not open for service before being demolished in December 2007, less than a year after the monorail line's opening, to make way for the construction of Resorts World Sentosa. The station was rebuilt and opened on 1 February 2010.[2]

Like the Mass Rapid Transit, stations have bi-directional escalators and a lift to take passengers from the station concourse to the platforms, except Sentosa terminus which has both on the same level within VivoCity on the mainland.

Station name signage and system map signage at the stations are in the three languages used by the majority of visitors—English, Chinese (simplified) and Japanese (Katakana phonetization), hence the inclusion of Japanese even though it is not one of the national official languages.

Sentosa[edit]

The northern terminus is just a few levels above HarbourFront MRT station and the nearby HarbourFront Bus Interchange. Just like Changi Airport and Promenade MRT stations, ticketing, turnstiles and platforms are all on the same level.

There is one track and two side platforms at this station. Like the dismantled Sentosa Monorail stations in the past and Ten Mile Junction station, it is currently the only train station in Singapore to feature an organised boarding system like the Spanish solution — passengers enter via one side of the train after passengers have alighted on the other side. After the trains enter the station, passengers alight on the right side, where there are faregates, ticketing machines and a ticketing counter.

The station is located on the third level of VivoCity. On Level 2 is the transfer linkway to HarbourFront Centre; on level 1 is a bus stop and HarbourFront MRT Station; in the first basement level, below level 1, is a carpark; and on the second basement level is another entrance to HarbourFront MRT station. All five levels, however, are part of VivoCity as well.

Waterfront[edit]

In Waterfront Station, platform A handles Beach-bound trains, while platform B handles Sentosa-bound trains. There are two tracks and one island platform. As the line is left-hand drive, all train doors open on the right.

The station platform is 2 levels above ground. Below it is the concourse and ticketing counter; at street level is Resorts World Sentosa.

Imbiah[edit]

Imbiah Station is located in the middle of Sentosa next to Imbiah Lookout. Platform A handles Beach-bound trains, while platform B handles Sentosa-bound trains. There are two tracks and one island platform. As the line is left-hand drive, all train doors open on the right.

The station platform, located 2 levels above ground, is located along a minor road called Beach View and it is next to the giant Merlion. Below the platform is the concourse and ticketing counter; at street level is Sentosa Luge & Skyride, Images of Singapore, Tiger Sky Tower, Sentosa 4D Magix, Butterfly Park and Singapore Cable Car.

Beach[edit]

Beach Station is located between Siloso Beach and Palawan Beach at Sentosa. Platform A handles arriving trains, while platform B handles departing, Sentosa-bound trains. There are two tracks and one island platform. As the line is left-hand drive, all train doors open on the right. Trains on Platform A have to enter the station before they can switch directions and tracks to enter or leave the depot, which is located just beside the station.

The beaches, shops, sea sports, pubs, cafés, food court and restaurants are at street level; transfers to the trams are available at this station. The blue trams go to Siloso Beach while the green ones to get to Palawan and Tanjong Beaches.

Rolling stock[edit]

The Sentosa Express is the first system to use Hitachi's small and straddle–type monorail with a capacity of about 184[1] passengers per train. With a total of six two-car, 25-metre-long[1] trains of different colours each—namely green, orange, blue, purple, pink and red; the pink and red trains were added to the original fleet of four only on 1 December 2009. Unlike the old, dismantled Sentosa Monorail trains, the current trains are air-conditioned, have inter-car walk-through gangways and spaces for standing passengers, wheelchairs and strollers. Seats can also be flipped up to maximise standing space when required. There is a non-passenger yellow maintenance train which is located inside the depot during operational hours.

Operated by drivers and guided with Automatic Train Protection to ensure trains keep a safe distance between each other and Automatic Train Supervisory to provide the route setting for the train to travel, trains cruise at 15 to 50 km/h but is designed to speed up to 80 km/h.[1]

Incidents[edit]

On 4 December 2014, a technical fault caused power disruptions on the monorail and stalled a train during the nighttime; several passengers were evacuated.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes

Bibliography

  • T. Rajan, "Sentosa Express set to roll from VivoCity", The Straits Times, 5 December 2006

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