Beauty World MRT station
Beauty World MRT station exit at night
|Location||101 Upper Bukit Timah Road|
|Operated by||SBS Transit DTL (ComfortDelGro Corporation)|
|Platforms||2 (1 island platform)|
|Opened||27 December 2015|
Located along Upper Bukit Timah Road, this station took its name from the historic Beauty World, an amusement park and market that once stood in the vicinity. Beauty World station primarily serves the residential estates along Jalan Jurong Kechil and Toh Yi Drive, as well as Beauty World Centre, Beauty World Plaza and Bukit Timah Shopping Centre. It is also within walking distances to Ngee Ann Polytechnic.
The section of tracks between this station and Hillview MRT station is the longest between any two MRT stations on the Downtown Line till 2025. There are basic structural provisions for a possible future station (also known as a "box station") along this section of tracks near Hume Avenue. Hume MRT station is confirmed on 7 March 2019 and is to be operational by 2025.
The Land Transport Authority has awarded the contract for the construction of Beauty World station and associated tunnels (Contract 916) to McConnell Dowell S.E.A. Pte Ltd on 25 March 2009, valued at S$339,879,555.00.
Tunnelling works began on 8 June 2011. Two tunnel boring machines — which were named Athena and Artemis, after the Greek goddesses by students of the nearby Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School — tunnelled the 1 km stretch from Beauty World to King Albert Park. The section of track between Hillview and Beauty World is the longest on the Downtown Line.
Part of the construction process was shown on an episode of that year's infotainment programme Behind Every Job 2 on Mediacorp Channel 8.
The original name for "Beauty World" referred to an amusement park in the area. At that time, amusement parks were called "worlds": the others included Gay World, Great World, which Great World City now occupies and New World. The amusement park was subsequently converted to a market after the end of World War II, and called Beauty World Market. However, fire hazards led to the subsequent demolition of the park in the 1980s.
The station name was also named after the Beauty World Centre. Other names such as Anak Bukit and Bukit Timah Market were considered before Beauty World was selected.
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- "Speech by Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport, on A Sustainable and High Quality Public Transport-Centric Transportation System, at the Committee Of Supply Debate 2015 on 11 March 2015". Ministry of Transport, Singapore. Archived from the original on 30 June 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
- "Contract 916 Tender Information". Land Transport Authority. Archived from the original on 2009-04-18.
- "Downtown Line 2 Tunnelling Works Begin at Beauty World Station". Land Transport Authority. Archived from the original on 2011-08-07.
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