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Dover MRT Station is a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station located in Dover in Singapore that is part of the East West Line. The station is located between Clementi and Buona Vista, and was officially opened on 18 October 2001 by the then Minister for Transport, Mr Yeo Cheow Tong.

HistoryEdit

Adjacent to the Singapore Polytechnic on one side, and undeveloped land on the other, the building of the station was met with reservations by some members of the public over the small area it serviced. There were criticisms over the spending of "taxpayers' money" chiefly for use only by students of one educational institution.[1] The Land Transport Authority, the government department in charge of public transport operations, proceeded with the construction anyway, to serve commuters along Singapore Polytechnic with Dover housing estate. Originally, it was named Singapore Polytechnic MRT Station in the planning stage. With the change of plans, it was renamed to Dover.

Originally, the station was not assigned a station code, but since 18 July 2001, there has been a criticism on whether it would be assigned a code called W7A, or would it be renumbered. Eventually, it was assigned the station code EW22, the reason for this being that code derivations were running out.

There were test runs from 13 to 17 October 2001 when the trains stopped at this station but did not open their doors. It is the first infill station of the MRT network; that is, to be built over an operating rail line with no disruptions to train services, with the exception that trains drove by the site at a reduced speed during the construction phase. It is also the first elevated station in Singapore with two side platforms on either side of the tracks, as opposed to having an island platform in all other elevated MRT stations. It is currently the only elevated station with this design; however, it will be joined by Canberra station on the North South Line in 2019 as it too will be built around an existing MRT line.

As the second elevated station built in the late 1990s and the early 2000s (the other being Expo), it has a rather distinctive architectural design. Like most projects in this period, it has an extensive use of glass and steel as well as the use of suspension.

Shuttle buses were provided from this station to National University Hospital (NUH), previously from Buona Vista. However, services ceased with effect from 1 November 2011 due to the opening of Kent Ridge MRT station on the Circle Line, which is located within NUH premises.[2] Half Height Platform Screen Doors (HHPSD) were installed in this station and they became operational on 5 August 2011.[3]

This station was installed with MJ Air Tech High Volume, Low Speed (HVLS) Pro-Jet fans and commenced operations on 24 October 2012.

ConcourseEdit

The station has 2nd generation faregates that are still active, and even though they have not been changed since the building in 2001.

Station layoutEdit

L3 Side platform, doors will open on the left
Platform 1 East West Line towards Pasir Ris via Buona Vista (→)
Platform 2 East West Line towards Tuas Plaza via Clementi (←)
Side platform, doors will open on the left
L2 Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control, Shops, Footbridge to cross Commonwealth Avenue West
L1 Street Level Singapore Polytechnic, Commonwealth Avenue West

ExitsEdit

Built in between the two carriageways of Commonwealth Avenue West, Dover MRT Station has one ground-level exit on both sides, linked through the underpass. All exits offer barrier-free accessibility to the disabled and is operational 24 hours. The linkbridge connects to the Singapore Polytechnic and it must ensure that there is no nudity (Cannot wear Boh Cheng Sa or Boh Cheng Ko) allowed in the overhead bridge.

  • Exit A: Singapore Polytechnic, Commonwealth Avenue West (Westbound)
  • Exit B: Ghim Moh Valley, Commonwealth Avenue West (Eastbound)

Passenger Usage PatternsEdit

Most of the demand that serving the Dover MRT Station, goes to the Singapore Polytechnic who exit on one side. Another side goes to Ghim Moh Valley. Its use is extremely heavy on some weekdays.

North South Line
NS2 Bukit Batok Take bus service 106 (B/S 2) to Bukit Batok Interchange.
NS3 Bukit Gombak Take East West Line to Jurong East and change to North South Line to Bukit Gombak.
NS14 Khatib Take East West Line to Buona Vista, change to Circle Line to Bishan and change to North South Line to Khatib.
NS15 Yio Chu Kang Take East West Line to Buona Vista, change to Circle Line to Bishan and change to North South Line to Yio Chu Kang.
NS22 Orchard Take bus service 106 (B/S 1) to Orchard Road (Lucky Plaza).
NS23 Somerset Take bus service 106 (B/S 1) to Orchard Road (Midpoint Orchard).
NS24 Dhoby Ghaut Take bus service 106 (B/S 1) to Orchard Road (Dhoby Ghaut Station).
East West Line
EW2 Tampines Take East West Line to Tampines.
EW3 Simei Take East West Line to Simei.
EW6 Kembangan Take East West Line to Kembangan.
EW14 Raffles Place Take East West Line to Raffles Place.
EW15 Tanjong Pagar Take East West Line to Tanjong Pagar.
EW16 Outram Park Take East West Line to Outram Park.
EW17 Tiong Bahru Take East West Line to Tiong Bahru.
EW21 Buona Vista Take bus service 105 / 106 / 147 / 185 (B/S 1) to Commonwealth Avenue West (Buona Vista Station).
EW23 Clementi Take bus service 14 / 105 / 106 / 147 / 166 / 185 (B/S 2) to Commonwealth Avenue West (Clementi Station).
EW24 Jurong East Take East West Line to Jurong East.
EW27 Boon Lay Take East West Line to Boon Lay.
EW29 Joo Koon Take East West Line to Joo Koon.
EW32 Tuas West Road Take East West Line to Tuas West Road.
CG1 Expo Take East West Line to Tanah Merah and change to East West Line to Expo.
Circle Line
CC22 Buona Vista Take bus service 106 (B/S 1) to Commonwealth Avenue West (Buona Vista Station).
North East Line
NE4 Chinatown Take East West Line to Outram Park, and change to North East Line to Chinatown.
NE14 Hougang Take East West Line to Buona Vista, change to Circle Line to Serangoon, and change to North East Line to Hougang.
Downtown Line
DT5 Beauty World Take bus service 74 to Clementi Road (Ngee Ann Polytechnic) and change to 184 to Upper Bukit Timah Road (Beauty World Station).
DT6 King Albert Park Take bus service 74 to Dunearn Road (King Albert Park Station).

Transport connectionsEdit

RailEdit

Destination First Train Last Train
Mon – Sat Sunday &
Public Holiday
Daily
East West Line
to Pasir Ris 5.40am 6.08am 11.51pm
to Tuas Plaza 6.18am 6.44am 12.17am

ReferencesEdit

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