Tanah Merah MRT station
Passengers at Platform C of this station waiting for the Airport- bound train Changi Airport station.
|Location||920 New Upper Changi Road|
|Operated by||SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)|
|Tracks||4 (1 U/C)|
|Opened||4 November 1989 (Platforms C (Airport-bound) & F (Westbound)|
25 February 2002 (Platforms D (Airport-bound) & E (Airport-bound)
|Opening||2024(New Platforms A (Eastbound) & B (Airport-bound)|
|Previous names||Bedok, Changi|
Tanah Merah MRT station (EW4/CG) is an above-ground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) interchange station located in Bedok, Singapore. Other than the main service (EW4), Tanah Merah station is also the terminus for the Changi Airport branch line (CG) which is also part of the East West Line.
Tanah Merah station is one of the three fully above-ground interchange stations on the Singapore MRT/LRT network; the other two being Jurong East MRT station and Choa Chu Kang MRT/LRT station. It is also one of the two stations that serve both a main service and a branch service; the other station being Promenade MRT station.
Since 2017, Tanah Merah station is officially assigned the station code "CG", in addition to the station code "EW4" which the station originally had, to differentiate the operations of the main service and the Changi Airport branch line, albeit that it is not displayed on the signage of the station.
On 14 January 1986, the contract for building the Bedok MRT station, including the underpass and viaduct from Kembangan to Tanah Merah was awarded to RDC-Obayashi Joint Venture under Contracts 304 and 305. In addition, the contract for building the Tanah Merah MRT station and the line to Changi Depot was also awarded to Hyundai Engineering.
The station was originally not going to be open with the rest of the East West Line in between 1988 and 1989 as there were only private houses surrounding it, but increasing pressure from Members of Parliament and the public forced SMRT to open this station. When it opened, the demand was extremely stagnant, with only private houses, Bedok South housing estates and Fengshan housing estates to cater to. The demand increased when Singapore Expo and the MRT line to Changi Airport opened.
As with most of the above-ground stations built in the past along the East West Line, it was built without platform screen doors. Due to the 2010 accident, installation of the half-height screen doors at this station commenced on 10 January 2011 and operations commenced on 30 March 2011. It is also the final MRT station with the HVLS fans, this went operational on 5 January 2013.
The addition of a new platform was announced by Land Transport Authority on 25 August 2014 to allow trains to arrive and depart at shorter intervals and an improvement in waiting times with the enhancements. On 26 October 2016, the Land Transport Authority awarded the civil contract to Lum Chang Building Contractors Pte. Ltd. to build a new platform at Tanah Merah station and viaducts for a contract sum of S$325 million. In addition to the new platforms, the existing East West line tracks will be extended to connect the line to the new four-in-one East Coast Integrated Depot at Changi. When completed in 2024, it will be the second station to have triple island platforms after Jurong East.
- Wong, Siew Ying (26 January 2008). "Above-ground MRT stations to have platform screen doors by 2012". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
- "New Platform at Tanah Merah MRT station for Faster Travel to Expo and Changi Airport". Land Transport Authority. 25 August 2014.
- "LTA Awards Civil Contract to Build A New Platform at Tanah Merah Station | Press Room | Land Transport Authority". www.lta.gov.sg. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
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