Tampines MRT Station

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 EW2  DT32 
Rapid transit
Platform of Tampines MRT station.
Location 20 Tampines Central 1
15 Tampines Central 1
Singapore 529538/529544
Coordinates 1°21′9.10″N 103°56′43.16″E / 1.3525278°N 103.9453222°E / 1.3525278; 103.9453222
Operated by SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation) (East West Line)
SBS Transit DTL (Downtown Line)
Platforms Island
Tracks 4 (2 u/c)
Connections Bus, Taxi
Structure type Elevated (East West Line)
Underground (Downtown Line)
Platform levels 4 (2 u/c)
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code  EW2  DT32 
Opened 16 December 1989 (East West Line)
End-2017 (Downtown Line)
Previous names Tampines North
Preceding station   Mass Rapid Transit   Following station
East West Line
towards Joo Koon
towards Bukit Panjang
Downtown Line
Future service
towards Expo
Tampines MRT Station
Exterior of Tampines MRT Station.
Tampines MRT Station at night.

Tampines MRT Station (EW2/DT32) is an elevated Mass Rapid Transit station that is part of the East West Line in Tampines, Singapore. Tampines station was one of the first few stations on the East West Line to be installed with barrier free facilities, excluding the tactile guide.

This station will be a future interchange with the Downtown Line.

There will not be a paid link between the East West Line station and the Downtown Line station, meaning that commuters are required to tap out and then tap in again when transferring between the two lines. However, there will be no extra charges as long as the transfer is made within 15 minutes.


Train disruptions[edit]

On 21 January 2008, a maintenance works train which was carrying out works between Tampines and Simei (westbound) broke down, causing a disruption from 5.28 am to 12.45 pm on both the eastbound and westbound services from Pasir Ris and Tanah Merah, affecting 57,000 commuters.[1] SMRT was fined S$387,176 (approximately US$280,562) on 10 March 2008 after the LTA's investigations concluded that the disruption was due to SMRT's working party not complying with operating procedures. This was specifically on securing the parked portion of the maintenance train, which comprised a locomotive and a wagon. The fine was the largest ever for a rail related incident in Singapore. According to operating procedures, during maintenance works, the portion comprising a locomotive and a Rail Grinding Vehicle will proceed with its works, while the portion of the maintenance train is detached and parked at a distance from the working zone. However, investigations from LTA and SMRT showed that SMRT did not apply the locomotive's parking brake. There was also no wheel chock placed to prevent movement along the gradient of the track. If SMRT had followed operating procedures, a roll-back would have been prevented.[2]

On 20 March 2008, SMRT announced that it had decided to appeal to the LTA against the fine. In a letter, SMRT said it had provided free shuttle bus services to help affected commuters. SMRT also mobilised more than 300 staff for on-site recovery, crowd management, dissemination of information and preparation for resumption of service.[3]

On 3 April 2008, LTA turned down SMRT's appeal for a lower fine and ordered SMRT to pay the fine in full within two weeks.[4]

Station layout[edit]

L2 Platform A East West Line MRT Singapore Destination 1.png towards  EW1  Pasir Ris
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform B East West Line MRT Singapore Destination 2.png towards  EW29  Joo Koon via  EW3  Simei
East West Line MRT Singapore Destination 3.png towards  CG2  Changi Airport via  EW3  Simei
(Transfer at  EW4  CG  Tanah Merah)
L1 EWL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control
Street Level Eastlink Mall, Tampines Mall, Century Square, Tampines 1, Tampines Bus Interchange, Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange
B1 DTL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control, Transitlink Counter
B2 Platform B Downtown Line MRT Singapore Destination 12.png (future service) towards  DT35  CG1  Expo via  DT33  Tampines East (→)
Island platform
Platform A Downtown Line MRT Singapore Destination 11.png (future service) towards  DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang via  DT31  Tampines West


There are several exits in Tampines MRT Station. However, this will not be linked together when Downtown Line opens in 2017.

East West Line:

  • A: Eastlink Mall
  • B: Tampines 1
  • C: Tampines Mall, Century Square

Downtown Line:

  • A: Eastlink Mall, Tampines Bus Interchange
  • B: Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange, Tampines Concourse
  • C: Tampines Bus Interchange, Tampines Central 1

Station modifications[edit]

Installation of platform screen doors at the station started on 17 April 2011 and began operations since 2 July 2011.[5]

High volume, low speed (HVLS) fans[edit]

To improve the ventilation at elevated MRT stations, Land Transport Authority (LTA) will be embarking on an island-wide project to fit all 36 elevated MRT stations with high volume, low speed (HVLS) fans to improve the air circulation at station platforms.[6] Tampines is the first station of the 36 elevated stations, installed with Rite Hite Revolution High Volume, Low Speed (HVLS) fans, which started operating since 28 May 2012.

Transport connections[edit]


Destination First Train Last Train
Mon – Sat Sunday &
Public Holiday
East West Line
to EW1 Pasir Ris 5.21am 5.47am 12.37am
to EW29 Joo Koon 5.31am 5.57am 11.26pm
Downtown Line
to DT1 Bukit Panjang
to DT35 Expo

Popular culture[edit]

Tampines is one of the four MRT stations to appear in the original Singapore edition of the board game Monopoly.


  1. ^ "57,000 affected by seven-hour MRT train disruption". Channel NewsAsia. 21 January 2008. 
  2. ^ "SMRT fined almost S$400,000 for 7-hour train disruption in January". Channel NewsAsia. 10 March 2008. 
  3. ^ "SMRT appeals to LTA to review S$400,000 penalty". Channel NewsAsia. 20 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "LTA rejects SMRT's request for reduced penalty amount". Channel NewsAsia. 3 April 2008. 
  5. ^ Wong, Siew Ying (January 26, 2008). "Above-ground MRT stations to have platform screen doors by 2012". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Enhancing Connectivity and Comfort for Commuters". Land Transport Authority. October 13, 2011. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 

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