King Albert Park MRT station
|Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station|
|Location||2 Blackmore Drive|
|Operated by||SBS Transit DTL (ComfortDelGro Corporation)|
|Platforms||2 (1 island platform)|
|Opened||27 December 2015|
|Previous names||Blackmore, Bukit Timah|
Located at the western end of Bukit Timah Road at the junction of Blackmore Drive, this station serves the private residential estate along the Bukit Timah corridor. It is within walking distances to Ngee Ann Polytechnic, as well as the disused Bukit Timah railway station. King Albert Park station took its name from an estate located to its west; within this estate, there exists a road with the same name.
Residents of Maplewoods condominium are concerned about the safety of both drivers and pedestrians near the condominium and are hoping for better solutions to the problems resulting from the construction of the station along Bukit Timah Road after a dialogue session with the Land Transport Authority and their MP for Holland-Bukit Timah Christopher de Souza.
The authorities offered to retain the footpath after pedestrian safety concerns were voiced. But keeping it meant the footpath will have to be narrowed to accommodate construction works. At the same time, proposals were also offered to re-draw the access into and out of the condominium for vehicular safety. Vehicles entering the launch shaft construction site will assemble opposite it and drive across the entrance.
The residents complained that the construction site for the tunnel boring machine is a little too close to home for residents at Maplewoods as it will be right up to their main entrance. They claimed that is an accident waiting to happen. Construction works thus ceased on 6 June 2011.
After further delays, on 12th of that month, work on the train station along Bukit Timah Road resumed and picked up pace again within three days after work was stopped by the Maplewood residents who demanded that a launch shaft for a tunnelling machine to be sited at Sixth Avenue, but authorities have studied this proposal and found it not feasible, since the shophouses there will have to make way for construction works.
Soil near station sinks
About 25-metre (82 ft) of the rightmost two lanes on Bukit Timah Road has been closed off to traffic after a nearby drain embankment caved in on 17 January 2012 in the course of tunnelling works for the Downtown Line. Engineers found a 14m precast segment of the Bukit Timah canal wall near the junction of Bukit Timah Road and Clementi Road dislodged, and some gaps in the ground were formed around that segment of the canal. It then stopped its tunnelling works to ensure safety and has begun to inject cement to stabilise the ground.
Bankruptcy of main contractor
The main contractor for the station Alpine Bau went bankrupt in mid-2013. On 28 June 2015, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew announced that the delay was "completely resolved" by the authorities and Stage 2's opening date was reverted to 27 December 2015.
Art and station design
"The Natural History of Singapore's Mythical Botanic Creatures" by the "Artists Caravan" is an artwork illustrating the position between natural and built habitats in the environment. It also instigates curious cues to activate dialogue of the oscillating environment.
The King Albert Park MRT Station and its adjoining stations, Tan Kah Kee and Sixth Avenue, are designed to represent the natural elements of air, fire, and water. The King Albert Park Station design represents the element of air and features many blue and turquoise coloured panels created by PolyVision.
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