Somerset MRT station

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 NS23 
Somerset
索美塞
சாமர்செட்
Somerset
Rapid transit
NS23 Somerset Platform A.jpg
Platform A of Somerset MRT station.
Location1 Somerset Road
Singapore 238162
Coordinates1°18′1.85″N 103°50′20.50″E / 1.3005139°N 103.8390278°E / 1.3005139; 103.8390278
Operated bySMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)
Line(s)
PlatformsIsland
Tracks2
ConnectionsBus, Taxi
Construction
Structure typeUnderground
Platform levels1
ParkingYes (Orchard Central, Orchard Gateway)
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station code NS23 
Fare zone1
History
Opened12 December 1987; 31 years ago (1987-12-12)
ElectrifiedYes
Previous namesKilliney
Services
Preceding station   Mass Rapid Transit   Following station
towards Jurong East
North South line
Location

Somerset MRT station (NS23) is an underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station on the North South Line in Orchard planning area, Singapore. It is one of the three stations located along the popular shopping belt, Orchard Road. The station connects to Comcentre, Singapore Power Building, Skate Park, 313@Somerset, Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, Centrepoint Shopping Centre, Mandarin Orchard, The Heeren, Faber House, Orchard Point, Peranakan Place and Emerald Hill.

The section of tracks between this station and Dhoby Ghaut MRT station is the shortest between any two MRT Stations on the North South Line, taking approximately 1 minute for a train to travel between these two stations.

History[edit]

Entrance to Somerset station before the construction of 313@Somerset.
Concourse level of the station.

Prior to the construction of the station, it was named Killiney. It was renamed to Somerset in 1985. The construction required a slight diversion of Somerset Road from January 1984.[1] Somerset MRT station was completed on 22 July 1985 after the three-month delay that was due to the difficult ground conditions and problems with backup machinery caused by tunneling from the Orchard MRT station to Somerset MRT station.[2]

Construction of the lifts started in 28 June 2000 and were completed on 11 July 2002. Exit B of the station was heavily renovated from January 2007 to July 2009. An additional entrance, Exit D, was opened in conjunction with the Orchard Gateway on 25 April 2014.[3], along with Exit C which also connects to the gateway.

A call was made from a public telephone at the station concourse at about 5 p.m. on 26 September 2007 about a bomb at the station. The police arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with the incident two days later on the morning of 28 September 2007 after finding out that there was no bomb.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Somerset Road to be diverted
  2. ^ Somerset MRT Station completed after 6 months delay
  3. ^ Kay Lim, Lesile (20 April 2014). "Orchard Gateway opens after the delay". Asia One.
  4. ^ "Police arrest 21-year-old man in connection with bomb hoax call". Channel NewsAsia. 28 September 2007.

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