Pioneer MRT station

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 EW28 
Pioneer
先驱
பயனியர்
Pioneer
Rapid transit
Pioneerstn09.JPG
View of the island platform of Pioneer MRT station
Location 31 Jurong West Street 63
Singapore 648310
Coordinates 1°20′15.28″N 103°41′49.98″E / 1.3375778°N 103.6972167°E / 1.3375778; 103.6972167
Operated by SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)
Line(s)
Platforms Island
Tracks 2
Connections Bus, Taxi
Construction
Structure type Elevated
Platform levels 1
Parking Yes (Pioneer Mall)
Bicycle facilities Yes[1][2]
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code  EW28 
History
Opened 28 February 2009; 9 years ago (2009-02-28)
Electrified Yes
Services
Preceding station   Mass Rapid Transit   Following station
towards Pasir Ris
East West line
towards Tuas Link
Location

Pioneer MRT station (EW28) is an above-ground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station on the East West Line in Jurong West, Singapore.[3][4]

Despite its name, Pioneer station is not physically located within Pioneer planning area. Rather, its name was derived from Pioneer Road North, a major road to its west that travels in the north-south direction. Pioneer station is the nearest MRT station to the Nanyang Technological University.

It is one of the two above-ground stations on the MRT network with a privacy screen built along the track of the eastbound platform to ensure the privacy of the residents; the other station being Marsiling MRT station.

Pioneer MRT station at night.
A C651 train entering the station

History[edit]

Built alongside with Joo Koon, it was part of the Boon Lay Extension (BLE) project announced by the Land Transport Authority in December 2004 to help people working in the Jurong Industrial Area travel faster.[5]

The station opened on 28 February 2009 and following the opening, SBS Transit introduced a new feeder bus service 241 to provide bridging services for the N9 residents[6] and the Land Transport Authority carried out amendments and additions (A&A) works on Pioneer Road North, such as expanding the road and constructing an overhead pedestrian ramp bridge, as complements to the station to serve the residents of Nanyang and Pioneer.[7][8]

As with most of the above-ground stations built in the past along the East West Line, it was initially built without platform screen doors that prevent commuters from falling onto the train tracks. Installation of the half-height screen doors eventually started on 21 June 2011. By 24 August 2011, all of the screen doors were installed and began operations.[9]

The station was installed with high-volume low-speed fans, which commenced operations on 10 June 2012. It was the second station, after Tampines to have them installed.

Signalling system[edit]

When the Tuas West Extension opened on 18 June 2017, service on every other westbound train was extended to the new terminus at Tuas Link. Due to the section west of Joo Koon using a different signalling system than the remainder of the line, some trains continued to terminate at Joo Koon; these trains proceeded to a turn back siding to reverse direction before heading back to Pasir Ris. As the section of track between Pioneer and Joo Koon support 'mixed-mode' of both signalling systems, all trains in either direction dwelled at the station for a longer amount of time to change between the old and new signalling systems, because the turn back siding at Joo Koon, built as part of the TWE, only supported the new signalling system.

This procedure was removed on 20 November 2017 after a train collision at Joo Koon, at which point all services from Pasir Ris once again terminate at Joo Koon. It is expected to remain this way until the signalling system is fully upgraded by mid-2018.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SMRT > Trains > NetworkMap > Pioneer". www.smrt.com.sg. SMRT Corporation Ltd. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  2. ^ "SMRT Journeys". journey.smrt.com.sg. SMRT Corporation Ltd. Retrieved 10 September 2017. Amenities 
  3. ^ "SMRT > Trains > NetworkMap > Pioneer". www.smrt.com.sg. SMRT Corporation Ltd. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  4. ^ "SMRT Journeys". journey.smrt.com.sg. SMRT Corporation Ltd. Retrieved 10 September 2017. Pioneer 
  5. ^ "Expanding The Rail Network: LTA To Build Boon Lay MRT Extension". Land Transport Authority. 29 December 2004. Archived from the original on 13 May 2011. 
  6. ^ New and Amended Bus Routes for Jurong West Residents
  7. ^ Widening of Pioneer Road North between PIE and Jurong West Avenue 4
  8. ^ Award of Contract for the Widening of Pioneer Road North between Jurong West Avenue 4 and AYE
  9. ^ Wong, Siew Ying (January 26, 2008). "Above-ground MRT stations to have platform screen doors by 2012". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on July 30, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 

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