Changi Depot

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Changi Depot
樟宜车厂 / 樟宜車廠
Location
Location5 Koh Sek Lim Road, Singapore 486050
Coordinates1°19′46.67″N 103°57′27.33″E / 1.3296306°N 103.9575917°E / 1.3296306; 103.9575917
Characteristics
Owner(s)Land Transport Authority
Operator(s)SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)
TypeAt-Grade
RoadsUpper Changi Road East, Xilin Avenue
Rolling stockC151
C651
C751B
C151A
C151B
C151C
CR151 (Future)
Routes served EWL  East West Line
History
Opened1989

Changi Depot is located in Changi near Koh Sek Lim Road, Singapore.

Changi Depot comprises a train yard, which can hold a capacity of 35 trains and has an area of 250,000 square metres. The depot is also used for train inspection for trains on the East West Line. The depot was completed in late 1980s when the East West Line was completed. The depot is beside the NEWater Visitor Center and is near Expo MRT station.

The depot is located between Expo station and Tanah Merah station on the East West Line and has 2 reception tracks: 2 tracks westbound towards Tanah Merah station.

The depot will be replaced by East Coast Integrated Depot in 2024.[1][2]

History[edit]

On 6 November 1983, the large part of the Changi Depot land was acquired for the MRT stabling yard. To construct the MRT depot, the Kampong Koh Sek Lim was cleared by December 1983, and residents had moved to Tampines and Bedok.

Incidents[edit]

On May 18, 2010, a Kawasaki Heavy Industries C151 train carriage was deliberately vandalised in the depot. Elaborate graffiti was drawn on the lower half of the carriage.[3]

A Swiss national, Oliver Fricker was charged with three charges of trespassing into the depot on the early hours of May 17 and vandalising the train by spraying paint and damaging public property by cutting a wired fence into property belonging to the Land Transport Authority. Another British national has also been named as being involved in the case. However, his whereabouts are unknown.[4]

SMRT apologised for the security lapse on June 8, 2010. It reviewed the security measures in all depots together with the authorities. All personnel of the security companies, employed by SMRT, have been instructed to step up vigilance. The number of security personnel and patrols at each depot has been increased.[5]

SMRT was fined S$50,000 for this incident.[6]

Upgrading[edit]

In August 2012, plans were announced to replace the existing Changi Depot, which will be demolished. A new depot, East Coast Integrated Depot, will be built beside the current site. The depot will house the rolling stock of the East West, Downtown and Thomson-East Coast lines. The facility is an underground (66 tracks for DTL), at-grade (62 tracks for TEL) and elevated depot (72 tracks for EWL) spread over three levels for each line. In August 2014, it was announced the completion date will be in 2024.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "World's First Four-In-One Depot" (PDF). Land Transport Authority. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b "LTA Awards Contract to Build World's First Four-In-One Depot". Land Transport Authority. 21 March 2016.
  3. ^ http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_535411.html May 18, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-04.
  4. ^ http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1061214/1/.html Jun 5, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-05.
  5. ^ "SECURITY MEASURES AT SMRT DEPOTS" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 February 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  6. ^ http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1160140/1/.html Oct 18, 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-18.