Tanah Merah MRT Station

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This article is about the Singapore MRT station. For the KTM Intercity station, see Tanah Merah railway station.
Tanah Merah MRT Station
தானா மேரா
Stesen MRT Tanah Merah
Rapid transit
C151 tnm cgl.jpg
A C151 train at the station bound for Changi Airport terminal.
Location 920 New Upper Changi Road
Singapore 467356
Coordinates 1°19′38.49″N 103°56′46.84″E / 1.3273583°N 103.9463444°E / 1.3273583; 103.9463444
Operated by SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)
Platforms Double Island (1 proposed)
Tracks 3 (1 proposed)
Connections Bus, Taxi
Structure type Elevated
Platform levels 2
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code  EW4 
Opened 4 November 1989(Platforms A (Eastbound) and B (Westbound))
25 February 2002(Platforms C/D (Airport-bound))
Previous names Bedok, Changi
Preceding station   Mass Rapid Transit   Following station
towards Pasir Ris
East West Line
towards Joo Koon
Terminus East West Line
Changi Airport Branch Line
Tanah Merah Station at night.

Tanah Merah MRT Station is an elevated Mass Rapid Transit station located in the heart of Tanah Merah, Singapore. The station colour is green.

The station is part of the East West Line and is between Simei and Bedok. It is an interchange for trains heading towards Changi Airport. Passengers going to Expo or Changi Airport should board the train at the middle platforms (platform C/D).

The station is the only interchange station not to be part of two or more lines, due to it being an interchange between the main East West Line and the Changi Airport Branch Line. The station is also the only MRT interchange station to have only one alphanumeric symbol, EW4 (as opposed to other interchange stations, which have at least two. Example: City Hall EW13/NS25).

Similar to other stations on the eastern section of the East West MRT Line, the station's design consists of white-washed walls, curved pillars and a dome-shaped ceiling, with a glass roof running along the middle of the station.


The station was originally not going to be open with the rest of the East West Line in 1988 to 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 private houses, Bedok South housing estate and Fengshan housing estate. The demand increased when Singapore Expo and the MRT line to Changi Airport opened.

Infrastructure improvements[edit]

Platform screen doors[edit]

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.[1]

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

It is the final elevated station installed with Rite Hite Revolution High Volume, Low Speed (HVLS) fans. It went operational on 5 January 2013 and this marked the completion of all HVLS fans installation on both North South Line and East West Line.

Additional platform[edit]

The addition of 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. Construction will commence in 2016, and is expected to be completed by 2024.[2]

Platform A and C without PSD.
A C651 train at the station bound for Changi Airport terminal without PSD.

Station layout[edit]

L2 East West Line towards  EW1  Pasir Ris via  EW3  Simei (→) Doors will open on the right side
Platforms A/B Island platform
East West Line towards  CG2  Changi Airport via  CG1  DT35  Expo (→) Doors will open on both sides
Platforms C/D Island platform
East West Line towards  EW29  Joo Koon via  EW5  Bedok (←)Doors will open on the right side
L1 EWL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control, Underpass Entrance
B1 Underpass Station Entrance, Underpass to cross New Upper Changi Road

Transport connections[edit]


Destination First Train Last Train
Mon – Sat Sunday &
Public Holiday
East West Line
to EW1 Pasir Ris 5.16am 5.42am 12.10am
to EW24 Jurong East 5.36am 6.02am 11.31pm
to EW29 Joo Koon 5.36am 6.02am 11.13pm
to CG2 Changi Airport 5.20am 5.47am 11.50pm


  1. ^ Wong, Siew Ying (January 26, 2008). "Above-ground MRT stations to have platform screen doors by 2012". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ "New Platform at Tanah Merah MRT Station for Faster Travel to Expo and Changi Airport". Land Transport Authority. 25 August 2014. 

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