Outram Park MRT station

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Outram Park
欧南园
ஊட்ரம் பார்க்
Outram Park
Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station
EW16 NE3 Outram Park Exit F.jpg
Exit F of Outram Park station
Location10 Outram Road
Singapore 169037 (EWL)
300 Eu Tong Sen Street
Singapore 059816 (NEL)
13 Outram Road
Singapore 169080 (TEL)
Coordinates1°16′49″N 103°50′22″E / 1.280225°N 103.839486°E / 1.280225; 103.839486Coordinates: 1°16′49″N 103°50′22″E / 1.280225°N 103.839486°E / 1.280225; 103.839486
Owned byLand Transport Authority
Operated bySMRT Trains Ltd (SMRT Corporation) (East West & Thomson–East Coast lines)
SBS Transit Ltd (ComfortDelGro Corporation) (North East line)
Line(s)
Platforms4 (2 island platforms) (2 U/C)
Tracks4 (2 U/C)
ConnectionsKampong Bahru Bus Terminal, Taxi
Construction
Structure typeUnderground
Platform levels3
ParkingYes (Singapore General Hospital)
Disabled accessYes
History
Opened12 December 1987; 32 years ago (1987-12-12) (East West line)
20 June 2003; 17 years ago (2003-06-20) (North East line)
Opening2021; 1 year's time (2021) (Thomson–East Coast line)
ElectrifiedYes
Services
Preceding station   Mass Rapid Transit   Following station
towards Pasir Ris
East West Line
towards Joo Koon or Tuas Link
Terminus
North East Line
towards Punggol
Thomson–East Coast Line
Future service
Location
Singapore MRT/LRT system map
Singapore MRT/LRT system map
Outram Park
Outram Park station in Singapore

Outram Park MRT station is an underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) interchange station on the East West line and North East line located on the boundary of Bukit Merah and Outram planning areas, Singapore, near the junction of Outram Road, Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road.[1] It is the nearest MRT station to the Singapore General Hospital and is also close to the Police Cantonment Complex. It is also located near Singapore General Hospital, the Health Promotion Board, Pearl's Hill City Park and Pinnacle@Duxton.

Outram Park station is slated to become a triple-line interchange in 2021, joining Dhoby Ghaut MRT station and Marina Bay MRT station when Stage 3 of the Thomson–East Coast line opens. It will then be joined by Jurong East MRT station and Choa Chu Kang MRT/LRT station (counting the Bukit Panjang LRT line) when the Jurong Region line opens in 2026 and 2027.

This station and the surrounding area are named after Sir James Outram, 1st Baronet, a British general who fought in the Indian Rebellion of 1857.[2]

History[edit]

EWL platforms.
Underpass link between the East West and North East line.
NEL platforms.
Construction site of the TEL at Outram Park.

During the construction of the station, the former Outram Prison and Outram Primary School were acquired for the construction of the station, and construction began in 1984. The contract for the construction of the tunnels between the Tiong Bahru and Maxwell (now Tanjong Pagar) stations was awarded to a Japanese joint venture Ohbayashi-Gumi/Okumura Corporation on November 1983 at a sum of S$73.85 million.[3] During the construction, a slip road from Outram Road to Eu Tong Seng Street had to be closed and sewer pipes had to be moved.[4][5] The tunnel from Outram Park to Tiong Bahru was completed in September 1984.[6]

In the initial stages of planning for the North East line in the late 1980s and the early 1990s, this was initially planned to be the southern terminus of the line. But in 1993, the LTA decided to extend the NEL to HarbourFront station (then called World Trade Centre Station), after noting that many people liked to go to the World Trade Centre (the present day HarbourFront Centre), but it was redeveloped from 2000 to 2003, and Sentosa Island.

The East West line station upgrading was completed on 12 October 2002. Construction began in September 2000 for their lift access in the station for the disabled.[7] The lift originally goes from level 1 to basement 2, skipping basement 1. It was extended to basement 3 when the North East line opened on 20 June 2003.

Thomson-East Coast Line Interchange[edit]

On 15 August 2014, LTA announced that Outram Park station would be part of the proposed Thomson East-Coast line (TEL). The station will be constructed as part of Phase 3, consisting of 13 stations between Mount Pleasant and Gardens by the Bay, and is expected to be completed in 2021.[8][9]

The Contract T220 for the design and construction of Outram Park TEL Station and associated tunnels was awarded to Daelim Industrial Co. Ltd at a sum of S$301 million in May 2014. Construction started in 2014, with completion expected in 2021.[10]

Incidences[edit]

A false bomb threat call was made on 17 August 2007 at 11.16 pm from a public phone located at the concourse of the MRT station and the police arrested two suspects on 24th of that month when a 13-year-old boy was turned in by the police while his 15-year-old friend was arrested not long after.[11] Upon consultation, the younger of the two was let off with a warning while the older of the two was charged in a Juvenile Court.

The North East line sector of the station was the site of a rare police shooting incident, in which a 43-year-old Lim Bock Song, who had earlier fatally stabbed odd-job worker Tan Ah Chang at a coffeeshop at Jalan Kukoh, was shot by a police officer after threatening the officer with the knife on 6 March 2008 at 3:35 pm. Four platform screen doors in the centre in the direction of HarbourFront were affected due to the police cordon which lasted two hours and passengers had to use other doors to board and alight. However, train services were unaffected.[12]

A coroner's inquiry conducted for the shooting of Lim Bock Song ruled on 12 January 2010 that the shooting was a case of justifiable homicide. The man was shot after charging at police officer Azli Othman with a knife. District Judge Yeo ruled the shooting was without any criminal intent.[13]

On 29 July 2008, a man made a phone call to the police about a false bomb threat at 1.07 pm at the concourse area of the station. The man is believed to be in his 40s and is of fair complexion. He was wearing a blue and white polo T-shirt, beige Bermudas and black slippers. He was seen leaving the MRT station with two plastic bags – one red and the other white.[14]

On 15 March 2012, more than 117,000 commuters were affected during a peak hour train breakdown between Dhoby Ghaut and HarbourFront, caused by faulty overhead power cables at the tunnel of the Outram Park that had snapped. A second problem was discovered relating to electricity insulation, delaying the service further. Train services resumed at 4.35 pm after nearly 10 hours of disruption making it the third breakdown in 4 months.[15][16][17] Subsequently, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) intends to impose financial penalties amounting to S$400,000 on SBS Transit for the train service disruption along the North East line on that day.[18]

On 10 January 2013, train services in both directions on the North East line was disrupted due to a power fault. At about 9.50 a.m., SBS Transit said no train service is available between HarbourFront and Outram Park. Train services fully resumed at 4.35 p.m.[19][20][21]

Outram Park was the temporary terminus from Pasir Ris during the early closures, late openings and full closures from 8 December 2017 to 31 December 2017.[22][23][24][25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "URA 2014 Master Plan". Urban Redevelopment Authority. Archived from the original on 24 November 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Outram Park MRT Station". Land Transport Guru. Archived from the original on 16 May 2020. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Sixth MRT contract to Japanese firms". eresources.nlb.gov.sg. 5 November 1983. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Slip road to be closed". eresources.nlb.gov.sg. 16 March 1984. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  5. ^ "2,600m of sewers to move for MRT". eresources.nlb.gov.sg. 27 April 1983. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Tiong Bahru-Outram tunnel may be completed in five months". eresources.nlb.gov.sg. 14 May 1984. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  7. ^ "More MRT stops ready for disabled". The Straits Times. 24 December 2002.
  8. ^ "Joint News Release by the Land Transport Authority & Singapore Land Authority - Thomson-East Coast Line: New MRT Links in the East | Press Room | Land Transport Authority". 19 August 2014. Archived from the original on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  9. ^ "LTA | Upcoming Projects | Rail Expansion | Thomson-East Coast Line". 13 February 2020. Archived from the original on 13 February 2020. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  10. ^ "LTA | News Room | News Releases | LTA Awards Four Contracts for Thomson Line's Orchard Boulevard, Great World, Outram Park and Shenton Way Stations". 13 February 2020. Archived from the original on 13 February 2020. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  11. ^ Singapore Police Force, 22 August 2007, Appeal for Information Archived 30 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine, viewed on 23 August 2007.
  12. ^ Valerie Tan, Channel NewsAsia, 6 March 2008, 43-year-old man shot by police at Outram Park MRT Archived 7 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine, viewed on 6 March 2008
  13. ^ Liang Kaixin, Channel NewsAsia, 12 January 2010, "Justifiable Homicide" ruling for policeman who shot knife-wielding man Archived 15 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Channel News Asia, Channel NewsAsia, 30 July 2008, Police seek info on man who made bomb hoax call from Outram MRT Archived 22 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine, viewed on 30 July 2008.
  15. ^ "NEL's Dhoby Ghaut – Habourfront service resumes". Archived from the original on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  16. ^ "Full train service on NEL resumed at 4:35 pm: SBS Transit". Yahoo! Singapore. 15 March 2012. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  17. ^ "Joint News Release by Land Transport Authority and SBS Transit – North East Line Train Service Resumes Full Operation Following Morning Disruption". Land Transport Authority. Archived from the original on 3 March 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  18. ^ "SBS Transit fined S$400,000 for March train disruption". Channel NewsAsia. 4 September 2012. Archived from the original on 8 September 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  19. ^ "NEL service disrupted due to power fault". Channel NewsAsia. 10 January 2013. Archived from the original on 12 January 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  20. ^ "NEL services to fully resume at 4:30pm". Channel NewsAsia. 10 January 2013. Archived from the original on 12 January 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  21. ^ "NEL services fully resumed at 4:35pm: SBS Transit". Channel NewsAsia. 10 January 2013. Archived from the original on 12 January 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  22. ^ Chia, Lianne (21 November 2017). "2 full-day shutdowns, shorter operating hours for 19 NSEWL MRT stations in December: LTA, SMRT". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 11 May 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
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