Tanah Merah MRT Station
A C151 train at the station bound for Changi Airport terminal.
|Location||920 New Upper Changi Road
|Operated by||SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)|
|Platforms||Double Island (1 proposed)|
|Tracks||3 (1 proposed)|
|Opened||4 November 1989|
The station is part of the East West Line and is between Simei and Bedok. It is an interchange for trains going to Changi Airport and Expo on the Airport Branch Line that opened in 2002. The middle platform is for empty trains that are heading from and to depots, and also Changi Airport Line.
The station is the only interchange station not to be part of two or more lines, due to it being an interchange between the main East West Line and the Changi Airport Branch Line. The station is also the only MRT interchange station to have only one alphanumeric symbol (as opposed to other interchange stations, which have at least two).
Similar to other stations on the eastern section of the East West Line, the station's design consists of white-washed walls and a dome-shaped ceiling, with a glass roof running along the middle of the station.
The station is heavily used by air passengers heading to Singapore Changi Airport.
The station was originally not going to be open with the rest of the East West Line in 1988 to 1989 as there were only private houses surrounding it, but increasing pressure from Members of Parliament and the public forced SMRT to open this station. This case mirrors the controversy on Buangkok about more than a decade later.
Platform screen doors
As with most of the above-ground stations built in the past along the East West Line, it was built without platform screen doors. Due to the 2010 accident, installation of the half-height screen doors at this station commenced on 10 January 2011 and operations commenced on 30 March 2011.
High volume, low speed (HVLS) fans
The final elevated station installed with Rite Hite Revolution High Volume, Low Speed (HVLS) fans. It went operational on 5 January 2013 and this marked the completion of all HVLS fans installation on both North South Line and East West Line.
Addition of a new platform
The addition of new platform was announced by Land Transport Authority on 25 August 2014 to allow trains to arrive and depart at shorter intervals and an improvement in waiting times with the enhancements. Construction will commence in 2016, and are expected to be completed in 2024, with train disruptions to occur for the second time when the tracks are completed, including the tracks between Bedok – Tanah Merah and Tanah Merah – Simei/Expo. In addition, 22 new trains will also be purchased due to the capacity increase.
|L2||Platform A||East West Line towards via Pasir Ris (→) Simei|
|Island platform, doors will open on the right, left|
|Platform C/D||East West Line towards via Changi Airport (→) Expo
East West Line terminating track (←)
|Island platform, doors will open on the right|
|Platform B||East West Line towards via Joo Koon (←) Bedok|
|L1||EWL Concourse||Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control, Underpass Entrance|
|B1||Underpass||Station Entrance, Underpass to cross New Upper Changi Road|
|Destination||First Train||Last Train|
|Mon – Sat||Sunday &
|East West Line|
|to EW1 Pasir Ris||5.16am||5.42am||12.31am|
|to EW29 Joo Koon||5.36am||6.02am||11.31pm|
|to CG2 Changi Airport||5.20am||5.47am||11.50pm|
- Wong, Siew Ying (January 26, 2008). "Above-ground MRT stations to have platform screen doors by 2012". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
- "New Platform at Tanah Merah MRT Station for Faster Travel to Expo and Changi Airport". Land Transport Authority. 25 August 2014.