Orchard MRT station

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 NS22  TE14 
Orchard
乌节
ஆர்ச்சர்ட்
Orchard

Rapid transit
NS22 Orchard Platform A.jpg
Platform A of Orchard MRT station
Location437 Orchard Road
Singapore 238878
Coordinates1°18′15.53″N 103°49′54.98″E / 1.3043139°N 103.8319389°E / 1.3043139; 103.8319389
Operated bySMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)
Line(s)
PlatformsIsland
Tracks4 (2 U/C)
ConnectionsBus, Taxi
Construction
Structure typeUnderground
Platform levels2 (1 U/C)
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station code NS22  TE14 
Fare zone1
History
Opened12 December 1987; 31 years ago (1987-12-12) (North South Line)
Opening2021; 2 years' time (2021) (Thomson-East Coast Line)
ElectrifiedYes
Previous namesOrchard Boulevard, Scotts
Services
Preceding station   Mass Rapid Transit   Following station
towards Jurong East
North South line
Thomson–East Coast line
Future service
Location

Orchard MRT station (NS22/TE14) is an underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station on the North South Line, located on the boundary of Orchard and River Valley planning areas, Singapore.

Being one of the three MRT stations that serve the popular shopping district along Orchard Road, Orchard station is one of the network's busiest stations. In 2021, Orchard station will become an interchange with the Thomson-East Coast Line which is currently under construction.

History[edit]

Faregates at Orchard MRT station. These had since been replaced by TITAN faregates.
A new entrance into Orchard MRT station.

Prior to the construction of Orchard MRT station, it was named Scotts from 1967 to 1982, and was renamed to Orchard Boulevard. The station was subsequently renamed to Orchard in 1985. 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.[1]

On 10 May 1984, Orchard Turn, the existing slip road from Orchard Boulevard to Orchard Road, was realigned to facilitate MRT construction works.[2] . On 27 April 1985, there was a MRT construction accident at Orchard MRT station which caused 15 workers to be treated for shock.[3]

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.

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