Tampines MRT station
The Downtown line exit of Tampines near the East West line of Tampines
|Location||20 Tampines Central 1|
15 Tampines Central 1
|Operated by||SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation) (East West line)|
SBS Transit DTL (Downtown line)
|Connections||Tampines Bus Interchange, Taxi|
|Structure type||Elevated (East West line)|
Underground (Downtown line)
|Parking||Yes (Century Square, Tampines 1, Tampines Mall)|
|Opened||16 December 1989 (East West line)|
21 October 2017 (Downtown line)
|Previous names||Tampines North|
Tampines MRT station (DT32/EW2) is a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) interchange station on the Downtown line and East West line in Tampines, Singapore. Located at the heart of the Tampines Town Centre, Tampines station is within the close proximity of Tampines Bus Interchange and the new Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange.
The East West Line station is not linked to the Downtown line’s, hence, passengers are required to exit the former station in order to enter the latter station, or vice versa. It is considered a "valid transfer" as long as it does not exceed fifteen minutes. Passengers are not allowed to top up the travel card at any side to enjoy the same discount. A similar situation exists at Newton MRT station and Bukit Panjang MRT/LRT station.
Tampines station is one of the four MRT stations in Singapore that have both an above-ground platform (East West line) and an underground platform (Downtown line). The other three stations are Paya Lebar MRT station, Buona Vista MRT station and Expo MRT station.
This station was originally called Tampines North, and was renamed to Tampines in 1984. The contract was awarded to Sato Kogyo Pte Ltd. for the construction of the line from Changi Depot interchange to Pasir Ris including Simei, Tampines and Pasir Ris stations on 11 March 1986.
The Station Upgrade Programme began in January 2001 with the installation of a lift and the upgrading of the facade to have a modern feel and aesthetics. The station had also fitted with wide faregates as well. This was completed in October 2002. Installation of platform screen doors at the station started on 17 April 2011 and began operations since 2 July 2011.
To improve the ventilation at elevated MRT stations, Land Transport Authority (LTA) embarked 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. 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. TITAN faregates were installed in 29 June 2012 and replaced the former Cubic first generation faregates.
The Downtown MRT line section opened on 21 October 2017, as announced by the Land Transport Authority. There is no 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 from Exit A (East West line) to D (Downtown line). This is because of the underground carparks in the area, inconveniencing commuters who are walking through the main walkway to the interchange from MRT station as well as foodshop owners from Eastlink Mall and underground tunnels in the area. It is also a shared linkway for commuters who are transferring at the bus interchange to the MRT. However, there will be no extra charges as long as the transfer is made within 15 minutes.
On August 8, 2003, a westbound train lost traction current at 10.13 pm and stalled along the track between Pasir Ris and Tampines. An empty train was used to push the train towards Tampines and service resumed at 10.35 pm. However, 21 minutes later, the traction current tripped again, this time in between the same two stations in both directions and SMRT staff only managed to restore the eastbound side before the end of operating hours. 73 passengers were stuck in a westbound train and detrainment was carried out. During both delays, eastbound services terminated at Tampines and alternative transport was provided for affected passengers.
At about 11 am on 7 May 2007, a man in his 50s hit his head against the oncoming train and got his foot stuck in the platform gap. The man was already in a semiconscious state when he was rescued by the Civil Defence and suffered injuries to his left ankle and head. Westbound train services were disrupted for about 8 minutes.
On 7 August 2007, a 48-year-old Chinese man fell onto the westbound track at the station. SCDF received a call about an incident at Tampines MRT station at 6.32pm. The man was pronounced dead by paramedics at 6.45pm.
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. SMRT was fined S$387,176 (approximately US$280,000) 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.
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. However, 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.
On 26 November 2009, a Malay man was found dead in the stations's toilet.
A train developed a signalling fault at Tampines on 30 April 2012 at about 9.20 am. The faulty train was taken out of service upon reaching Joo Koon. Services took about half an hour before resuming to normal.
Tampines is one of the four MRT stations to appear in the original Singapore edition of the board game Monopoly.
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