Dover MRT station
The 2 side platforms of Dover MRT station. A train is seen arriving at the station.
|Location||200 Commonwealth Avenue West|
|Operated by||SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)|
|Parking||Yes (Singapore Polytechnic)|
|Opened||18 October 2001|
It is the first infill station on the Singapore MRT network. It is also the first elevated station in Singapore with two side platforms on either side of the tracks, as opposed to having an island platform commonly found in other elevated MRT stations. A similar layout will be adopted at the upcoming Canberra MRT station.
As the second above-ground MRT station built in the late 1990s and the early 2000s (the other being Expo MRT station), it has a distinctive architectural design. Like most projects of this period, the use of glass and steel is extensive.
Adjacent to the Singapore Polytechnic on one side, and undeveloped land on the other, the building of the station was met with reservations by some members of the public over the small area it serviced when construction began in June 1998. There were criticisms over the spending of "taxpayers' money" chiefly for use only by students of one educational institution. The Land Transport Authority, the government department in charge of public transport operations, proceeded with the construction anyway, to serve commuters along Singapore Polytechnic with Dover housing estate. Originally, it was named Singapore Polytechnic MRT Station in the planning stage. With the change of plans, it was renamed to Dover.
Originally, the station was not assigned a station code, but since 18 July 2001, there has been a criticism on whether it would be assigned a code called W7A, or would it be renumbered. Eventually, it was assigned the station code EW22, the reason for this being that code derivations were running out.
Shuttle buses were provided from this station to National University Hospital (NUH), previously from Buona Vista. However, services ceased with effect from 1 November 2011 due to the opening of Kent Ridge MRT station on the Circle Line, which is located within NUH premises. Half height platform screen doors (HHPSD) were installed in this station and they became operational on 5 August 2011.
On 19 September 2009 a retiree Muhammad Osmail Paiman, 61, was pulled out to safety after he fell onto the MRT tracks at the station. A similar incident happened the next day when a retiree Carolyn Quek was saved by a man. The retiree felt giddy and fell into the tracks.
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