Farrer Park MRT station

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 NE8 
Farrer Park
花拉公园
ஃபேரர் பார்க்
Farrer Park
Rapid transit
Farrer Park MRT Station, Aug 06.JPG
Platform of Farrer Park MRT station.
Location 250 Race Course Road
Singapore 218703
Coordinates 1°18′44″N 103°51′15″E / 1.312314°N 103.854028°E / 1.312314; 103.854028
Operated by SBS Transit (ComfortDelGro)
Line(s)
Platforms Island
Tracks 2
Connections Bus, Taxi
Construction
Structure type Underground
Platform levels 1
Parking Yes (City Square Mall)
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code  NE8 
History
Opened 20 June 2003; 15 years ago (2003-06-20)
Electrified Yes
Services
Preceding station   Mass Rapid Transit   Following station
towards HarbourFront
North East line
towards Punggol
Location
Interior of Farrer Park Station
Exterior view of Farrer Park station

Farrer Park MRT station (NE8) is an underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station along the North East Line, located on the boundary of Kallang and Rochor planning areas, Singapore. It is one of the two stations that serve the ethnic district of Little India.

Farrer Park station took its name from the historic Farrer Park, which was an important location in Singapore's sporting, political and aviation histories.

History[edit]

To accommodate the construction of the station, the formerly straight Race Course Road was broken up to its current two-part alignment, with both ends linked by junctions with Rangoon Road. Owen Road was also broken into two, as evident from its current alignment between Serangoon Road and Pek Kio estate. 55 lots required for the construction of the Farrer Park MRT station and the realignment of Race Course Road need to be surrendered by March 1997. However, as for the 51 lots required for the widening of Tessensohn Road and comprehensive redevelopment, the date of possession can be deferred to December 1997.

Before the station opened, the Singapore Civil Defence Force conducted the second ever Shelter Open House on 15–16 February 2003, together with Chinatown, Serangoon, and Hougang stations.

On the evening of 25 December 2007, some technical difficulties were experienced along the North East Line caused delays for train services. A member of the public who was affected by the delay said she waited for at least 20 minutes for the train at the station.[1]

Trains along the North East Line were delayed from about 3.15 pm to 3.36 pm on 6 April 2012 due to a signalling fault, affecting services between Chinatown and HarbourFront stations. One train had to be turned round to the northbound direction at Farrer Park MRT station to "regulate service".[2]

On 17 June 2015, train services between Farrer Park and Hougang stations were delayed due to a track fault.

Cash top-ups are no longer accepted at passenger service centres from 1 September 2017, at Farrer Park MRT station.[3]

Art in Transit[edit]

Farrer Park is an area with a rich sporting heritage and history, and also known for being the site of Singapore's earliest horse racing turf club from the street name 'Old Racecourse Road' draws its name from. Farrer Park's interior design captured the spirit of the locality's sporting heritage with the Horse Racing and Soccer series of artworks titled Rhythmic Exuberance, by Singapore artist Poh Siew Wah. Another artwork by Poh, titled Aeroplane paid tribute to the first aeroplane landing in Singapore in 1911 at the Old Racecourse Road in Farrer Park.[4][5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NEL train services delayed due to technical difficulties: SBS Transit". Channel News Asia. 2007-12-25. 
  2. ^ "20-min delay on North-East Line". The Straits Times. 7 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Min Zhang, Lim (31 August 2017). "11 train stations will no longer accept cash-top ups at counters from Sept 1". The Straits Times. 
  4. ^ "Art Invitational" (PDF). Art Outreach Singapore. 2005: 15. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  5. ^ Bruce Quek, Jamie Han (August 10, 2009). "Art in Transit". National Library Board Singapore. Retrieved December 30, 2016. 

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