Canberra MRT station
Canberra MRT station under construction as of April 2018
|Location||11 Canberra Link|
|Owned by||Land Transport Authority|
|Operated by||SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)|
|Bicycle facilities||500 lots|
|Artist impression for Canberra MRT Source: LTA|
|Location Map for Canberra MRT (Closed up) Source: LTA. Released 2016|
|Location Map for Canberra MRT (Wider view inclusive of crossover Source: LTA. Released 2017|
|Photograph of Basic Structure as well as more detailed Artist Impression Source: LTA. Released 2018|
Canberra MRT station (NS12) is a future elevated Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station on the North South Line along Canberra Link in Sembawang, Singapore. The station is being built after feasibility studies conducted by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) confirmed that it was possible to be constructed, after the idea of a new MRT station between Sembawang MRT station and Yishun MRT station was first raised in the Land Transport Master Plan 2013. It will be the second infill station on the MRT network, with the first being Dover MRT station.
Designed with a nautical theme, the station will have five entrances. An elevated sheltered footbridge built across Canberra Link will give passengers access to the platform which Marina South Pier-bound (city-bound) trains call. Construction started in mid-2015 and is expected to end in December 2019.
DP Architects and KTP Consultants (now a subsidiary of Surbana Jurong) designed the station with a nautical theme. This design inspiration comes from Sembawang role as a naval base in the past. The sides of the station are constructed using glass rather than concrete in order for natural light to enter the station. Louvers will also be built to provide ventilation.
The station will have five entrances. Covered pathways to bus stops, passengers drop off and pick up points as well as bicycle parking will be provided. An elevated sheltered footbridge built across Canberra Link will allow passengers to bypass the concourse level and get access to the platform which Marina South Pier-bound (city-bound) trains call.
A 72 m (236 ft) long rail crossover track will be constructed at the northern end of Canberra station in order to connect the two tracks. This is partly to reduce the impact of future rail disruption, such as the power outage that occurred on 7 July 2015, by allowing trains to switch to the alternative unaffected track with the crossover.
The North South Line, Singapore's first MRT line, opened in 1987. The stretch of stations from NS5 Yew Tee to NS13 Yishun were opened in 1996 as part of the Woodlands Extension, with station codes NS6 and NS12 reserved for future addition of stations along the tracks.
Both the Land Transport Master Plan 2013 (launched by then-Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew in October) and the Draft Master Plan 2013 (unveiled by Urban Redevelopment Authority alongside a public exhibition in November) mentioned the possible addition of a new MRT station between Sembawang station and Yishun station. After a year of review, the Draft Master Plan 2013 was officially gazetted to become the Master Plan 2014 in June 2014.
In conjunction with these Master Plans, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) started feasibility studies to create a station between Sembawang and Yishun stations in tandem with developments in the northern part of Singapore. The studies was held from January 2013 to June 2014 and concluded that it is possible for a station to be built. On August 2014, LTA announced that construction would commence in mid-2015 and is expected to be completed in 2019. It will be the second infill station on the MRT network, with the first being Dover MRT station.
The station takes its name from Canberra Link, the road along which it is located. Canberra Link is named after Canberra, the capital of Australia which is part of the Commonwealth of Nations to reflect a connection to the United Kingdom (UK) Royal Navy.
The estimated project cost for the entire station is $274 million (inclusive of additional train procurement for the station). On 27 April 2015, LTA awarded China State Construction Engineering Corporation (Singapore Branch) the first contract of $90 million to build the station and begin pre-construction work. Heavy construction works began on 26 March 2016.
The fatal Pasir Ris rail accident on 22 March 2016, in which two SMRT maintenance workers were killed by an incoming train while performing maintenance on the tracks, placed the spotlight on safety for all rail operations involving workers working in close proximity of an operational line. Therefore, Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan commented on Facebook a day after construction started that "building a new station on a functioning line has its challenges" and "stressed to the construction team to place safety as their top priority". LTA director of rail expansion Chuah Han Leong added: "You are building all around the MRT line - building under because the concourse is there, building next to it as the platforms are on both sides, and a roof on top. You are wrapping around the viaduct, basically."  As such, LTA and SMRT have implemented several measures to ensure safety such as limiting major work to non service hours, sheltering the tracks with a temporary enclosure during construction of the roof and creating a full-scale mock-up of the station structure and roof to determine the safest way of construction.
By September 2017, deep foundation works for the station had been completed and construction proceeded to the next stage in which the platform slabs were cast. In May 2018, LTA announced the station construction is 55% completed and structural work is expected to end by September 2018. For the construction of the crossover at Canberra station, the section between Admiralty and Yishun will be closed on February 2019. Shuttle 10 (Yishun - Admiralty) will also be arranged. The roof structure is mainly completed and the station will open latest by December 2019.
Canberra MRT station is located in the eastern part of Sembawang and next to Yishun and near to Sungei Simpang Kiri. According to Minister Khaw, around 17000 households will benefit from the station.
There are new and upcoming Housing and Development Board (HDB) public housing developments, private condominiums as well as landed property (Sembawang Springs Estate) near the station. In addition, it will serve Yishun Industrial Park A which mainly houses manufacturing companies. Many of these are local small and medium-sized enterprises with the exception being Singapore subsidiaries of multinational corporations such as Murata Manufacturing and ASM Assembly Systems. The Singapore Civil Defence Force 3rd Division Headquarters, along with Yishun Fire Station is also located within Yishun Industrial Park. In close proximity are Simpang Lodges 1 and 2 which houses foreign migrant workers.
The station is directly linked to Canberra Plaza via an elevated sheltered footbridge built across Canberra Link. Canberra Plaza is a three-storey shopping mall built by the HDB as part of an upcoming mixed-use transit-oriented development. The Former Admiralty House, which was gazetted as a national monument on 2 December 2002, is also located in the vicinity. It is currently the site of a private school and will be redeveloped to be part of the Sembawang Sports and Community Hub.
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