Botanic Gardens MRT station
Exit A of Botanic Gardens, showing the greenery surrounding the station and the entrance to the Botanic Gardens.
|Location||100 Cluny Park Road|
491 Bukit Timah Road
|Operated by||SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation) (Circle Line)|
SBS Transit DTL (Downtown Line)
|Opened||8 October 2011 (Circle Line)|
27 December 2015 (Downtown Line)
The station is located at the northwestern corner of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, where it was named after. It is the nearest MRT station to the Bukit Timah campus of the National University of Singapore.
Botanic Gardens station is one of the three MRT stations in Singapore to have an official Malay name (which is announced on Downtown Line trains); the other stations are Gardens by the Bay MRT station and Founders' Memorial MRT station.
Prior to the opening of the station, it was named Adam. Public consultation of the station began in January 2006 and only two names were selected - Botanic Gardens and Cluny Road. Botanic Gardens was eventually selected because this station also goes to the popular UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cluny Road was also selected because it was served by the railway station "Cluny Road" that was closed down in 1930s. On 12 September 2006, the final name is renamed to Botanic Gardens.
Construction of the Circle Line station began in 10 March 2005. It had acquired some of the Botanic Gardens, but restored on 10 March 2010.
Construction of the Downtown Line station began in 12 February 2010. On 11 March 2012, a worker was killed at a site near the Botanic Gardens, beside the contractor's site office after a concrete slab fell on him. 35-year-old Masud al-Mamun was operating an excavator deep in the ground when the slab fell on him. Rescuers had to use a breaking tool kit to break a portion of the concrete slab. It took nearly five hours to reach the man lying motionless on the ground. This is the first casualty related case in the construction of the Downtown Line.
On the morning of May 3, 2017, Downtown Line (DTL) train services towards Chinatown were disrupted for 7 hours due to a platform screen door (PSD) malfunction at Botanic Gardens MRT. This, as stated by SBS Transit, the line's operator, was due to a signalling-related fault. This resulted in the doors being unable to open automatically, which meant that staff had to manually operate them whenever a train arrived at the station, which took some time and thus caused delays in train services.
SBS Transit sent out an alert on Twitter at 7.31am about the fault, advising commuters to expect additional travelling time of up to 10 minutes. However, many commuters complained that the travel time was more than 10 minutes. The decision was eventually made at 9.37am to close the platform for trains heading towards Chinatown to enable engineers to resolve the fault. As a result, station staff were stationed at Botanic Gardens, Stevens and Tan Kah Kee stations to advise passengers on how to get to their destinations.
The fault was eventually rectified at 12.54pm and the platform was reopened for passenger service. However, two doors (#5 and #6) were closed for more in-depth repairs that night.
Art in Transit
The artwork featured in the Circle Line section under the Art in Transit programme is Aquatic Fauna No. 1 by Kai Lam and Chua Chye Teck. The mural, displayed above the platform doors, contains symbolic imageries of water and aquatic animals using the Chinese paper cutting technique. The "fauna" mural not only highlights the station's proximity to the Botanic Gardens, but also complements the 2-storey high water-cascading wall in the station, the first to have such a feature within the station.
The Downtown Line section features the artwork "What is a Tree?" by Shirley Soh. Various vistas of the Tembusu on the front lawn of the Botanic Gardens are created to pose the ontological questions.
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- "Platform doors at Botanic Gardens MRT station malfunction, causing 7-hour disruption". ChannelNewsAsia. 3 May 2017. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
- Wen Li, Toh; Ng WY, Abigail; Chee Siong, Kua (3 May 2017). "Downtown Line service resumes after delay caused by faulty platform doors at Botanic Gardens". The Straits Times. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
- "Annex B: Summary of CCL Art-in-Transit Concepts" (PDF). Land Transport Authority. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
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