Dover MRT Station
Side platforms of Dover MRT station.
|Location||200 Commonwealth Avenue West
|Operated by||SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)|
|Opened||18 October 2001|
Dover MRT Station (EW22) is a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station located in Queenstown planning area, Singapore. The station is part of the East West Line and is located between Clementi and Buona Vista. It was officially opened on 18 October 2001 by the then Minister for Transport, Mr Yeo Cheow Tong.
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 construction 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, using the justification that the service area extends to public housing flats on either end of the polytechnic, and that the undeveloped land opposite is slated for extensive development, largely residential in nature. The service area can also be thought to extend to the town of 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.
There were test runs from 13 to 17 October 2001 when the trains stopped at this station but did not open their doors. It is the first station to be built over an operating rail line with no disruptions to train services, with the exception that trains drove by the site at a reduced speed during the construction phase. 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 in all other elevated MRT stations. Dover is currently the only elevated MRT Station to have two opposing side platforms; when the announced future Canberra station on the North South Line is built, it will become one of two stations to have two opposing side platforms. However, if the proposed Sungei Kadut MRT Station between Yew Tee and Kranji is also built on the North South Line, it will also have two opposing side platforms as it will be built around an existing MRT line.
As the second elevated station built in the late 1990s and the early 2000s (the other being Expo), it has a rather distinctive architectural design. Like most projects in this period, it has an extensive use of glass and steel as well as the use of suspension.
A shuttle bus is 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 at the doorstep of NUH.
Half Height Platform Screen Doors (HHPSD) were installed in this station and they became operational on 5 August 2011.
High volume, low speed (HVLS) fans
The station was installed with MJ Air Tech High Volume, Low Speed (HVLS) Pro-Jet fans. These fans commenced operations on 24 October 2012.
|L3||Side platform, doors will open on the left|
|Platform A||East West Line towards via Pasir Ris → Buona Vista
East West Line towards via Changi Airport →(transfer at tanah merah) Buona Vista
|Platform B||East West Line towards via Joo Koon ← Clementi|
|Side platform, doors will open on the left|
|L2||Concourse||Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control, Shops, Footbridge to cross Commonwealth Avenue West|
|L1||Street Level||Singapore Polytechnic
Commonwealth Avenue West
- A: Singapore Polytechnic
- B: Ghim Moh Link, Commonwealth Avenue West, School of Science and Technology
|Destination||First Train||Last Train|
|Mon – Sat||Sunday &
|East West Line|
|to EW1 Pasir Ris||5.40am||6.08am||11.51pm|
|to EW29 Joo Koon||6.18am||6.44am||12.17am|
- Leong, Yit Chun (19 August 2002). "Public should not subsidise new MRT stations". The Straits Times Forum.
- Wong, Siew Ying (January 26, 2008). "Above-ground MRT stations to have platform screen doors by 2012". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved February 1, 2012.[permanent dead link]