Aljunied MRT station
|Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station|
Aerial view of Aljunied MRT station
|Location||81 Lorong 25 Geylang|
|Operated by||SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)|
|Platforms||2 (1 island platform)|
|Opened||4 November 1989|
Aljunied MRT station is an above-ground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station on the East West line (EWL) in Geylang, Singapore. Named after Aljunied Road, this station primarily serves Aljunied, one of the subzones that make up Geylang planning area. On the EWL, it is between the Paya Lebar and Kallang stations.
The station opened on 4 November 1989 as part of the MRT eastern line extension to Tanah Merah station. The station exterior has the characteristic dome-shaped segmented roof also seen on other elevated EWL stations.
The contract for the construction of Aljunied station and associated viaducts was awarded to Lee Kim Tah Ltd at a contract sum of S$59.52 million on November 1985. The contractor had partnered with a French company Societe Generale D'Enterprises Sainrapt Et Brice (SGE) for the construction. The contract also includes the construction of the Kallang and Paya Lebar stations. The station opened earlier than expected on 4 November 1989.
On 26 June 2009, train services along the East West line were disrupted for almost 18 minutes at about 7:25 pm after a man jumped off the platform and ran towards Paya Lebar station. However, SMRT staff did not manage to find the man. The Chinese man in his 40s found his way down the tracks to the street but was later arrested by the police. He sustained leg injuries and was charged with attempted suicide.
As part of efforts to improve overall accessibility of public transport, the overhead pedestrian bridge near Aljunied and other stations (Sengkang, Bishan, Khatib, Kranji and Yew Tee) have lifts installed to improve barrier free accessibility to major transport nodes. The lifts were installed progressively, from the first quarter of 2013, with all completed by end 2013. Aljunied station was also the first batch of ten stations to have additional bicycle parking facilities[a] under a National Cycling Plan announced in 2010.
Half height platform screen doors started operations on 11 February 2011, and this station was installed with high-volume low-speed fans, which began operating on 27 July 2012. This station was upgraded with TITAN faregates in 30 November 2013.
The station serves the EWL between the Paya Lebar and Kallang stations. The station operates between 5:48 am (6.14 am on Sundays and Public Holidays) and 12:20 am.
Like most EWL elevated stations on the eastern segment on the line (after Kallang station), Aljunied station has the notable feature of the dome-shaped roof, segmented like a caterpillar, over the platform level. The design was an attempt by the MRT Corporation (MRTC) to give the stations on the EWL an "attractive look".
Notes and references
- The other stations are: Admiralty, Boon Lay, Chinese Garden, Khatib, Lakeside, Sembawang, Sengkang, Simei and Yishun
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- "Improving Accessibility to Public Transport Network Lifts at Selected Pedestrian Overhead Bridges near MRT stations | Press Room | Land Transport Authority". www.lta.gov.sg. 8 March 2011. Archived from the original on 25 April 2016.
- "LTA Installing Lifts at Pedestrian Overhead Bridges at Six MRT Stations | Press Room | Land Transport Authority". www.lta.gov.sg. 9 July 2012. Archived from the original on 28 September 2013.
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- Wong, Siew Ying (26 January 2008). "Above-ground MRT stations to have platform screen doors by 2012". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
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- "Sunday closures, shorter weekend service hours on another part of East-West line in January". Archived from the original on 19 December 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
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- "Shorter weekend hours on some East-West line stations next month for engineering work". 15 December 2017. Archived from the original on 16 December 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
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