The MRT Stations of the West

Singapore’s MRT system began operations in November 1987, with only 5 stations (from Yio Chu Kang to Toa Payoh). Today, there are 5 lines in operation, and over 100 stations serving Singaporeans every day. In June 2017, 4 more MRT stations along the Tuas West Extension will open, extending the East-West Line (EW Line) into the Tuas industrial area, and bringing the total number of MRT stations in operation to 106.

This was not the first time the EW Line was extended westwards. The first stations along the EW Line to open were from Outram Park to City Hall (in December 1987), although they operated as a through service with the rest of the North-South Line (NS Line). 4 months later, the MRT network was extended to Clementi, and the EW Line began operating as a separate line from the NS Line. Subsequently, the line was extended to Lakeside (in November 1998), and then to Boon Lay (in July 1990). Then in 2009, the Boon Lay Extension opened, bringing the MRT network to Joo Koon. The entire western stretch of the EW Line was constructed in stages, and the designs of the MRT stations reflect just that.

Redhill MRT Station
Constructed: 1984 to 1988
Status: Found

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Redhill MRT Station

The first elevated MRT stations to be constructed along the EW line are those from Redhill to Clementi (sans Dover), and they generally follow the same design, with a few exceptions. Each station is located along the central divider, with overhead pedestrian bridges extending on the second storey to both sides of the road. The concourse and platform levels are on the second and third storeys respectively. Louvres are used on the concourse level, while the platform level is generally free of walls (before the installation of platoform screen doors). These allow for maximum natural ventilation throughout the entire station. Each station is also tiled (later painted) with a different colour.

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The tracks emerging from underground just before entering Redhill station

Being the first station after the tracks emerge from underground, Redhill Station is shorter than the others, and thus only has 2 storeys instead of 3. It is also located along the side of the road, removing the need for overhead bridges. It is coloured reddish-pink, perhaps as a reference to its namesake.

Redhill MRT Station 02
Redhill MRT Station 03
The station is coloured reddish-pink

Initially, this station was to be called Alexandra, but eventually was named Redhill.

Queenstown MRT Station
Constructed: 1984 to 1988
Status: Found

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Queenstown MRT Station

Queenstown MRT Station is located within Queenstown satellite town, specifically between Duchess and Mei Ling/Mei Chin districts. As Queenstown covers a large area (extending up to Buona Vista station), other names were initially considered, such as Princess and Commonwealth.

Queenstown MRT Station 02
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Queenstown MRT Station

In 2012, construction of additional pedestrian overhead bridges began at Queenstown, Commonwealth and Clementi Stations, complementing the existing bridges as entry/exit points for the stations. The new bridge at Queenstown, completed in 2015, is located between Blk 182 Stirling Road and the upcoming Commonwealth Towers.

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Queenstown MRT Station 04
The new overhead bridge

This station is coloured blue.

Commonwealth MRT Station
Constructed: 1984 to 1988
Status: Found

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Commonwealth MRT Station

The next MRT station serving Queenstown satellite town is Commonwealth station, located between Tanglin Halt and Commonwealth districts. It is yellow in colour.

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Commonwealth MRT Station 03
The original overhead bridge was upgraded with a lift for better accessibility

Interestingly, while Queenstown station was once called Commonwealth, Commonwealth station had a working name of Queenstown.

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Commonwealth MRT Station

Buona Vista MRT Station
Constructed: 1984 to 1988
Status: Found

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Buona Vista MRT Station

Located between Buona Vista district and one-north, Buona Vista station is a four-storey structure, a deviation from the other stations. The concourse and platform levels are located on the third and fourth storeys respectively. As it is situated off Commonwealth Ave West and not within its central divider, it initially did not have an overhead bridge. Instead, an underpass runs underneath Commonweath Ave West, connecting the first storey of the station to Ghim Moh estate. In the late 90s or early 2000s, a bridge was built across North Buona Vista Road, leading into the concourse level. With the construction of the Circle Line, the bridge was demolished and replaced with a newer one. The second storey of the EW Line station was also converted into a transfer level for the two lines.

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Buona Vista MRT Station, with the transfer link to the Circle Line

Buona Vista station is coloured green. Its working name was North Buona Vista, named after the adjacent North Buona Vista Road.

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The station is coloured green

Dover MRT Station
Constructed: 1998 to 2001
Status: Found

Dover MRT Station 01
Dover MRT Station

Dover MRT Station was the first station to be built along a functioning MRT line. Construction began in 1998, 10 years after this stretch of the line began operations. As such, its design and layout is significantly different from the adjacent ones. Most notably, it has two side platforms, rather than an island platform adopted by most MRT stations in Singapore.

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The side platforms

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Unlike the other stations, Dover station uses glass extensively on its façade

The opening of Dover station coincided with the revamp of the MRT station alphaneumeric codes. Previously, each station is given a single letter (e.g. W for the western stretch of the EW Line) and a number, in running order starting from the central area (e.g. W1 for Tanjong Pagar to W12 for Boon Lay). As Dover station is situation between Buona Vista (W7) and Clementi (W8), there were questions on whether Dover would be assigned W7A. With the new alphaneumeric code system, each station is given two letters representing the line it is on (EW for East West Line) and a number in running order. Dover thus became EW22.

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Dover MRT Station 04
The adjacent bus stops were designed and built together with the station and its overhead bridge

The working name for Dover station is Polytechnic, referencing the adjacent Singapore Polytechnic, which the station primarily serves. It was eventually named after the nearby Dover estate.

Clementi MRT Station
Constructed: 1984 to 1988
Status: Found

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Clementi MRT Station

Clementi MRT Station is the last station to share a similar design with the other stations listed above (except Dover). It is light blue in colour.

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Clementi MRT Station

With the completion of Clementi Mall and the new air-conditioned Clementi Bus Interchange, the overhead bridge from the station is extended to connect directly into the mall and interchange. In 2015, a new overhead bridge was added to the station, to divert commuters from the congested entry/exit points at the original bridge.

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A view of the original overhead bridge

Jurong East
Constructed: 1984 to 1988; 2009 to 2011 (extension)
Status: Found

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Jurong East MRT Station

As an interchange station, Jurong East MRT Station bears a unique design that stands out from the adjacent ones. A space frame system was adopted, possibly to allow the roof to span across the double island platforms.

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Jurong East MRT Station

The station’s status as an interchange began in 1990, when the Branch Line (from Jurong East to Choa Chu Kang) began operations. The Branch Line was later merged into the North South Line in 1996 with the Woodlands Extension. In 2011, a third island platform was opened, allowing two trains from the NS Line to stop at the station at the same time.

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Jurong East MRT Station

Chinese Garden
Constructed: 1984 to 1988
Status: Found

Chinese Garden MRT Station 01
Chinese Garden MRT Station

The next 2 stations, Chinese Garden and Lakeside, are both located in close proximity to Jurong Lake, where the Chinese and Japanese Gardens are located. The design of the stations includes elements that are likely to be derivations from Chinese and Japanese architecture, such as the double pitched roof with the exposed rafters painted red. Each station consists of a two-storey main building (platform level above and concourse level below) and a single storey “annex” building next to the fare gates and passenger service counter, housing the ticketing machines, information for commuters and shops. Japanese dry gardens are located in the concourse area and next to the escalators. Pedestrian entrances/exits are located on the ground floor.

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Chinese Garden MRT Station 03
The pitched roof and the dry garden

Chinese Garden MRT Station is named after the nearby Chinese Garden (裕华园), to which it is connected via a pedestrian footpath. It was originally named Jurong Lake MRT Station.

Constructed: 1984 to 1988
Status: Found

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Lakeside MRT Station

Lakeside MRT Station was so named as it is located adjacent to Jurong Lake. Initially, it was known as Corporation MRT Station, most likely after the nearby Corporation Road and Corporation Drive.

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Lakeside MRT Station 03
The pitched roof and the dry garden

Before Boon Lay station was opened, Lakeside served as the west terminus station of the EW Line.

Boon Lay
Constructed: 1988 to 1990
Status: Found

Boon Lay MRT Station 01
Boon Lay MRT Station

Although the construction of Boon Lay MRT Station began only when Chinese Garden and Lakeside stations were near completion, it adopted a design that is similar to the other two. It is connected to the adjacent Jurong Point Shopping Centre and Boon Lay Bus Interchange via a series of sheltered walkways. During its construction, its working name was Jurong West.

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Boon Lay MRT Station

For many years, it served as the west terminus station of the EW Line, until the Boon Lay Extension was completed in 2009.

Constructed: 2005 to 2009
Status: Found

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Pioneer MRT Station

The two new stations adopt an entire different design language, although the general layout is a throwback to the earliest batch of elevated EW Line stations listed above (third storey platform, second storey concourse with overhead linkbridges). A vault roof is adopted, allowing the entire platform to be free of columns.

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The vault roof over the platform level

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Pioneer MRT Station

Pioneer MRT Station is named after the nearby Pioneer Road North. It is located along the central divider of Jurong West St 63. It is the westmost station in the entire MRT system to serve public housing estates, as all the other stations further west are located in industrial areas.

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Retail shops are located along the overhead bridge

Joo Koon
Constructed: 2005 to 2009
Status: Found

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Joo Koon MRT Station and the adjacent FairPrice Hub / Joo Koon Bus Interchange

Under the Boon Lay Extension project, Joo Koon replaced Boon Lay as the new west terminus station. Its design is very similar to Pioneer station.

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Joo Koon MRT Station

Joo Koon MRT Station is located along the central divider of Joo Koon Circle. It is connected to the FairPrice Hub and the Joo Koon Bus Interchange via an overhead bridge. It is named after the Joo Koon industrial estate.

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Joo Koon MRT Station

With the opening of the Tuas West Extension, Joo Koon will relinquish its position as the west terminus station.

File Last Updated: June 11, 2017

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