Commonwealth MRT Station

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 EW20 
Commonwealth
联邦
காமன்வெல்த்
Commonwealth
Rapid transit
Commonwealth-mrt.JPG
Platform of Commonwealth MRT station before the installation of PSD (Platform Screen Doors)
Location 375 Commonwealth Avenue
Singapore 149735
Coordinates 1°18′9.21″N 103°47′53.61″E / 1.3025583°N 103.7982250°E / 1.3025583; 103.7982250
Operated by SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)
Line(s)
Platforms Island
Tracks 2
Connections Bus, Taxi
Construction
Structure type Elevated
Platform levels 2
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code  EW20 
History
Opened 12 March 1988
Previous names Queenstown
Services
Preceding station   Mass Rapid Transit   Following station
towards Pasir Ris
East West Line
towards Tuas Link
Location
Exterior view of Commonwealth Station

Commonwealth MRT Station (EW20) is an above-ground MRT station located on the East West Line of the Mass Rapid Transit in Queenstown, Singapore. The station serves the nearby neighbourhoods of Tanglin Halt and Commonwealth and schools such as New Town Primary School and Queensway Secondary School. Its station colour is yellow.

The residential estates and station bearing the same name were named after Commonwealth Avenue built around 1963, in turn named after the British Commonwealth of Nations. Commonwealth station is a transport node for residents in the vicinity of Commonwealth Avenue, serving adjacent schools, places of worship, housing developments and businesses.[1]

History[edit]

When the MRT network commenced operations in 1987, Commonwealth as with all above-ground stations had no physical barriers between the platforms and tracks. Following numerous incidents of commuters falling on the tracks and unauthorized intrusions, the Land Transport Authority made the decision in 2008 to install half height platform screen doors for all above-ground stations in phases. The screen doors were installed on January 2011 and started operations on 28 April 2011 together with Queenstown.[2]

The fans began operating since 25 June 2012, together with Buona Vista, after the installation of the MJ Air Tech High Volume, Low Speed (HVLS) Pro-Jet fans completed.

Station layout[edit]

L3 Platform A East West Line MRT Singapore Destination 1.png towards  EW1  Pasir Ris via  EW19  Queenstown
East West Line MRT Singapore Destination 3.png towards  CG2  Changi Airport via  EW19  Queenstown
(Transfer at  EW4  CG  Tanah Merah)
Island platform, doors open on the right
Platform B East West Line MRT Singapore Destination 2.png towards  EW33  Tuas Link via  EW21  CC22  Buona Vista
L2 EWL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control, Footbridge to cross Commonwealth Avenue
L1 Street Level Commonwealth Avenue

Transport connections[edit]

Rail[edit]

Destination First Train Last Train
Mon – Sat Sunday &
Public Holiday
Daily
East West Line
to EW1 Pasir Ris 5.45am 6.13am 11.55pm
to EW33 Tuas Link 6.13am 6.39am 12.13am

Exits[edit]

  • A and D: Commonwealth Avenue, Tanglin Halt Road, Faith Methodist Church, Haw Par Techno Centre, MDIS, New Town Primary School, Queenstown CC, Queenstown Polyclinic, Sheng Siong Supermarket
  • B and C: Commonwealth Avenue, Commonwealth Close, GMTI Building, Leng Kee Carmart, MOE Heritage Centre, One Commonwealth, Queenstown Lutheran Church, Queensway Secondary School, Yin Foh Kuan Cemetery

Together with Queenstown and Clementi stations, an additional pedestrian link bridge linking the station to two new exits were built, one on each side of the road. The exits are equipped with fare gates and ticketing machines, whereas the exit numbers are divided into 1 and 2 respectively.[3] These new exits were opened on 23 August 2015, alongside Queenstown.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Commonwealth MRT Station". Land Transport Guru. 
  2. ^ Wong, Siew Ying (January 26, 2008). "Above-ground MRT stations to have platform screen doors by 2012". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on July 30, 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Enhancing Connectivity and Comfort for Commuters". LTA. 2011-10-13. 

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