Nicoll Highway MRT station
Platform level of Nicoll Highway MRT station.
|Location||20 Republic Avenue|
|Operated by||SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)|
|Platforms||2 (1 island platform)|
|Parking||Yes (Golden Mile Complex)|
|Opened||17 April 2010|
Located on the western bank of the Kallang Basin, Nicoll Highway station took its name from Nicoll Highway, a semi-expressway that directly connects Kallang with the Downtown Core. Landmarks within the vicinity of this station include Golden Mile Complex, The Concourse and Kampong Glam.
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The road was realigned in September 2002 for the construction of the station. As part of the LTA's survey in April 2004 for the Circle Line station names, two names were selected - Nicoll Highway and Kampong Glam. In the end, Nicoll Highway was selected.
On 20 April 2004, a section of tunnel being built for the Circle Line collapsed, apparently when a retaining wall used in the tunnel's construction gave way. This occurred near what was to become the Nicoll Highway station on the Circle line, not far from the Merdeka Bridge. The accident left a collapse zone 150m wide, 100m long, and 30m deep. Four workers were killed, with three more injured and one body which was never recovered.
Consequently, the station site was moved around 100 m south of the initial location. Moreover, the tunnels between Promenade and Stadium were constructed on an alignment that bypassed the collapsed area. The collapse also resulted in the completion of the Circle MRT Line Stage 1 being pushed back from 2008 to 2010.
Prior to 27 March 2019, Nicoll Highway MRT station was located entirely within Kallang planning area. The URA Draft Master Plan 2019 has realigned the Downtown Core–Kallang boundary; Nicoll Highway MRT station now falls wholly within Downtown Core planning area.
Art in Transit
Khiew Huey Chian highlights wild plants frequently overlooked in Singapore using silhouettes of wild plants, resembling these with shapes to create slight contrast but harmony to the entire installation for this station's Art in Transit.
- "NICOLL HIGHWAY PROJECT RESTARTED". Today. Singapore. 30 September 2005. Retrieved 16 June 2018 – via NewspaperSG.
- "Transport minister announces next phase of Circle Line will open on Apr 17". Channel NewsAsia. 26 January 2010.
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