St. Thomas Mount railway station

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St. Thomas Mount
பரங்கிமலை
Station of Chennai Suburban Railway and Southern Railways
Location GST Road, St. Thomas Mount, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates 12°59′41″N 80°11′56″E / 12.99472°N 80.19889°E / 12.99472; 80.19889Coordinates: 12°59′41″N 80°11′56″E / 12.99472°N 80.19889°E / 12.99472; 80.19889
Owned by Ministry of Railways, Indian Railways
Line(s) South and South West lines of Chennai Suburban Railway
Platforms 5
Tracks 4
Construction
Structure type Standard on-ground station
Parking Available
Other information
Station code STM
Fare zone Southern Railways
History
Previous names South Indian Railway

St. Thomas Mount railway station, or Mount railway station, is one of the railway stations of the Chennai BeachChengalpattu section of the Chennai Suburban Railway Network. It serves the neighbourhood of St. Thomas Mount and Pazhavanthangal, which are suburbs of Chennai. It is located at a distance of 17 km from Chennai Beach terminus, with an elevation of 11 m above sea level.

The station is also an integrated railway station for all the three modes of rail transport in the city, namely, Chennai suburban railway, MRTS, and Metro Rail.[1] The latter two are under construction.

Integrated Terminus for suburban, MRTS & METRO[edit]

St. Thomas Mount Metro
பரங்கிமலை மெட்ரோ
Chennai Metro Station
Platforms Side platforms
Construction
Structure type Elevated
Services
Preceding station   Chennai Metro   Following station
Terminus Green Line
  Out-of-system interchange  
Preceding station   Chennai MRTS   Following station
Chennai Beach-St.Thomas Mount Terminus
Preceding station   Chennai Suburban   Following station
South Line

St. Thomas Mount Metro station is a Metro-cum-MRTS railway station on the Line 2 of the Chennai Metro, which is currently under construction. The station is being constructed as an elevated station abutting the surface-level St. Thomas Mount suburban station of the Chennai Suburban Railway Network.

The new terminal is envisaged as an integrated railway station for all the three modes of rail transport in the city, namely, Chennai Beach—Chengalpattu section of the Chennai Suburban Railway, terminal point of Chennai Beach—St. Thomas Mount MRTS, and Chennai Central–St. Thomas Mount Metro Rail.

Layout[edit]

It is planned to design, the proposed elevated St Thomas Mount Metro Rail station, as a ‘signature station' that would integrate all the 3 suburban rail modes of the city, at multiple levels.[1] The integrated station will have three levels, namely, ground level for suburban station, level 1 for MRTS, and level 2 for Metro Rail. The length of the platform at the Metro station will be 140 m and the entire station complex will have a total built-up area of 48,000 sq m.[2]

Level-0 - New suburban rail platform[edit]

The existing suburban station at ground level can be accessed from new terminal using an foot overbridge.

As per the new design, the elevated station will have a Metro Rail station on the top floor, followed by an MRTS station a level below and then a vast concourse area for commuters to switch over to these two modes or to step down to the ground level, which will house - new ground level platform - for suburban trains, within the new Station block.[3]

Level-1 - Concourse for mixing of Passengers[edit]

The concourse will have ticket booths and escalators and lifts will take commuters to the platforms above.[4]

Level-2 - MRTS rail[edit]

The MRTS will be at a height of 12 m.[5]

Level-3 - Metro rail[edit]

The station is among the elevated stations coming up along corridor II of the Chennai Metro, Chennai Central–St. Thomas Mount stretch. The station will be the largest of the elevated stations of the Chennai Metro and will come up at a height of 23 m.[6]

History[edit]

The station lies in the Chennai Beach–Tambaram section of the Chennai Suburban Railway Network, the first suburban section of the city. With the completion of track-lying work in March 1931, which began in 1928, the suburban services were started on 11 May 1931 between Beach and Tambaram, and was electrified on 15 November 1931, with the first MG EMU services running on 1.5 kV DC.[7] The section was converted to 25 kV AC traction on 15 January 1967.[8]

As of 2012, an integrated terminal for Chennai Metro and MRTS is under construction at the station complex at a cost of 780 million. The construction is expected to be completed by September 2013.[5] The 780-million contract for the construction of the station was initially awarded to Consolidated Construction Consortium Limited (CCCL). However, owing to delay the contract was terminated and is being given to a new contractor.[9] With the first service of Chennai Metro between Koyambedu and Alandur opened for public use - on 29 June 2015 - the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has now shifted the focus on laying the track up to St. Thomas Mount.[10]

Future[edit]

With the integration of five modes of public transport – suburban railway, Southern Railway, Metro Rail, MRTS and public buses the station is expected to become the city's largest transit hub after Chennai Central.[11]

Access Roads[edit]

A two-lane circular road has also been planned around the station so that buses can pick up commuters.[12] Anticipating increased patronage upon the completion of Metro Rail, the Medavakkam-Madipakkam road that runs in front of the station is being widened. It is expected that MRTS and metro rail services will together bring in more than 100,000 commuters at the station.[13]

Parking[edit]

Parking facility include 10,000 sq m space at the ground level and provisions for 3,000 two-wheelers at level 1. Upon completion, the station will be the third largest in the city after Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore.[5]

Express Train halt[edit]

In June 2013, Southern Railway started the ground work to extend platforms at the station to halt express trains. A spare platform of the station, which is being used to park old rakes, is being extended at an estimated cost of 60 million. The platform, which can currently take only 22-coach trains, will be expanded to handle 24-rake trains and a link track will be laid.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Three avatars of rail services under one house". The Times of India (Chennai: The Times Group). 24 November 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Hemalatha, Karthikeyan; V Ayyappan (17 January 2013). "All roads to lead to metro stations". The Times of India (Chennai: The Times Group). Retrieved 18 Jan 2013. 
  3. ^ "PHASE II OF METRO UNDER CONSIDERATION". 
  4. ^ "A ToI Artist's impression of proposed St Thomas Mount Station Complex". 
  5. ^ a b c "பிரமாண்டமாக உருவாகும் பரங்கிமலை மெட்ரோ ரயில் நிலையம்" (PDF). Dinamalar (Chennai: Dinamalar). 31 October 2012. p. 2. Retrieved 6 Jan 2013. 
  6. ^ Sekar, Sunitha (28 January 2014). "CMRL ends deal with contractor for stations". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 1 Feb 2014. 
  7. ^ "Electric Traction - I". IRFCA.org. Retrieved 17 Nov 2012. 
  8. ^ "IR Electrification Chronology up to 31.03.2004". History of Electrification. IRFCA.org. Retrieved 17 Nov 2012. 
  9. ^ Sekar, Sunitha (5 January 2014). "St. Thomas Mount Metro station suffers delays". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 2 Feb 2014. 
  10. ^ "Metro: focus on St. Thomas Mount". 
  11. ^ "Integrated station at St.Thomas Mount planned". 
  12. ^ Ayyappan, V (28 January 2013). "From Tonga Stop to Transport Hub". The Times of India (Chennai: The Times Group). Retrieved 3 Feb 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Ayyappan, V (11 June 2013). "St Thomas Mount railway station to get longer platform". The Times of India (Chennai: The Times Group). Retrieved 14 Jan 2014. 

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