King Albert Park MRT station
Bukit Panjang-bound platform at King Albert Park
|Location||2 Blackmore Drive|
|Operated by||SBS Transit DTL|
|Opened||27 December 2015|
Located at the western end of Bukit Timah Road, 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.
The station is named after King Albert Park, an estate and road located within the vicinity of this station. Before the current name was finalised, this station was known by its working name "Blackmore".
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 Upper 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 12 July 2011 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.
On 17 January 2013, a new railway line was announced. The Cross Island MRT line is a 50 km rail that stretches between Changi and Jurong. It was reported to pass towns such as Loyang, Pasir Ris, Hougang, Ang Mo Kio, Bukit Timah, West Coast and Clementi along the way. It will have interchange stations with all the current radial lines.
King Albert Park is one of the stations to be an interchange with the Cross Island Line.
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 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 Station design represents the element of air and features many blue and turquoise coloured panels created by PolyVision.
- A: Bukit Timah Railway Bridge, Covenant Community Methodist Church, Methodist Girls' School
- B: Sime Darby Centre
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- "Part of Bukit Timah canal found dislodged while tunnelling: LTA". Channel News Asia. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
- Amirah Liyana Reduwan. "Downtown Line 2: Art in Transit". The New Paper. The New Paper. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
- "King Albert". PolyVision. PolyVision. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
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