City Hall MRT station
Platform of City Hall MRT station.
150 North Bridge Road|
|Operated by||SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)|
|Opened||12 December 1987|
|Previous names||St Andrew's|
City Hall MRT station (EW13/NS25) is an underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) interchange station on the East West Line and North South Line in Downtown Core, Singapore. It is one of the five MRT interchange stations in Singapore to feature cross-platform interchange; the other stations are Raffles Place MRT station, Tanah Merah MRT station, Jurong East MRT station and Bayfront MRT station.
City Hall station took its name from the national monument of City Hall, which is within walking distance from the station. Other landmarks in the area include Raffles City, the Padang, St Andrew's Cathedral and The Cenotaph. City Hall is connected to Esplanade MRT station via Raffles City and CityLink Mall.
Due to its location at the heart of the Civic District and the numerous landmarks within its vicinity, City Hall station is one of the busiest MRT stations in Singapore.
Prior to the building of the station, it was called St Andrew's. It was renamed to City Hall for historical significance reasons in 1984. On 4 May 1984, the contractor Nishimatsu-Lum Chang Joint Venture awarded the construction of the station where it began on June 1984 together with the tunnels to Bugis MRT station, under Contract 107.
On December 10, 1985, a foreman died at City Hall MRT station.
On June 5, 2008, 280 youths spent the night at City Hall, learning how to deal with an emergency in a train tunnel. At around midnight, the young campers boarded a train and as the train departed, there was a simulated bomb explosion. They activated the detrainment ramps at both ends of the train, and evacuated to safety via an escape shaft. The students also used the items from their Ready Bags to "survive" the attack.
This station was part of the series of 2011 MRT train disruptions on 15 and 17 December 2011, caused by a misalignment between the trains' current collector shoes, which collect power from the third rail, and the third rail itself. These were Singapore's two largest MRT disruptions at the time of occurrence.
A power failure and blackout occurred at the station on 6 July 2012 at about 1.30 pm, causing the platforms for north and west-bound trains to turn pitch black. Air-conditioning and escalators also stopped functioning. Emergency lighting was turned on immediately after the incident occurred. However, train services were not affected by the incident. Lighting was progressively restored from 2 pm, and was back to normal at 3.15 pm. All escalators have also been turned on. SMRT has apologised for any inconvenience caused.
There is a mural along the wall of the station called Vitreous Enamelled Mural by Simon Wong. However, this art piece is not under the Art in Transit scheme.
Nearby points of interest
- City Hall
- Peranakan Museum
- The Padang
- St Andrew's Cathedral
- National Gallery Singapore
- Old Supreme Court Building
- Supreme Court of Singapore
- The Cenotaph
- Foreman died at City Hall MRT Station
- "280 youths take part in emergency exercise in MRT tunnel". Channel NewsAsia. 2008-06-06.
- Low, Ignatius (December 16, 2011). "Singapore's MRT Breakdown Chaos Leaves Thousands Stranded". The Straits Times. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
- "MRT breaks down again". Channel NewsAsia. 2011-12-17.
- "North-South Line service resumes after 7-hour disruption". Channel NewsAsia. 2011-12-17.
- "Service disruption on North-South Line on 17 Dec 2011" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-14.
- "Power blackout at City Hall MRT station". Channel NewsAsia. July 6, 2012.
- "City Hall MRT lights, escalators back on after blackout". Channel NewsAsia. July 6, 2012.
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