Orchard MRT Station
|Location||437 Orchard Road
|Operated by||SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)|
|Tracks||4 (2 U/C)|
|Platform levels||5 (2 U/C)|
|Opened||12 December 1987(North South Line)|
|Opening||2021(Thomson-East Coast Line)|
|Previous names||Orchard Boulevard, Scotts|
Orchard MRT Station (NS22/TE14) is an underground station on the North South Line of the Mass Rapid Transit and is located along Orchard Road, on the boundary of Orchard and River Valley planning areas, Singapore. Its platform livery is maroon, but it is mostly clad with black marble.
Prior to the construction of Orchard MRT Station, it was named Scotts from 1967 to 1982, and was renamed to Orchard Boulevard, all the way until 1985, and renamed to Orchard. On 1 October 1983, the MRTC had awarded the contract for the MRT tunnel from Newton to Somerset as well as Somerset MRT Station to Borie SAE and Ong Chwee Kou Building Contractors Limited.
On 10 May 1984, Orchard Turn, the existing slip road from Orchard Boulevard to Orchard Road, was realigned to facilitate MRT construction works. Then on 27 April 1985, there was a MRT construction accident at Orchard MRT Station which treats 15 workers for shock.
The construction of the lifts began in 19 June 2002 and completed on 20 August 2004. The lifts from the concourse to the street level existed for a short while before it was replaced by another lift in October 2007 due to ION Orchard.
On 15 January 2008, the Exit C and Exit E that connects to Wisma Atria and ION Orchard was closed on 15 January 2008, and reopened on 21 July 2009 due to the building works of ION Orchard. The western concourse, that links to Exit E and ION Orchard, opened on 20 July 2009 as part of ION Orchard development. They have used second generation ST Electronics faregates. It was replaced by TITAN faregates on July 2011, and the other Cubic faregates were being replaced by TITAN faregates on 15 May 2014.
- "Speech by Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport, at the Inspection of Downtown Line 1 Station and Announcement of Thomson Line alignment, 29 August 2012, 10.00 am at Telok Ayer Station". Ministry of Transport. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- Local firm gets a slice of MRT deal
- Orchard MRT Station to be closed for MRT construction works
- MRT accident: 15 workers treated for shock
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