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Tampines MRT Station is an above-ground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station that is part of the East West Line in Singapore and serves the town of Tampines. Tampines station was one of the first few stations on the East West Line to be installed with barrier free facilities, excluding the tactile guide.

Tampines is one of the four MRT stations to appear in the original Singapore edition of the board game Monopoly.

The station will be an interchange station for the Downtown Line when opens in 2017. There will be no paid link between East West Line and Downtown Line, means commuters have to tap in and tap out when transferring lines.

At the New Tampines City, Platforms 1, 2 and 3 were for Keretapi Tanah Melayu trains going to Johor Bahru, whereas Platform 4 and 5 were meant for the East Rail Line/Hogwarts Express trains, similar to Platform 9 and three quarters.

HistoryEdit

This station was originally called Tampines North, later was renamed to Tampines in 1984.

The Station Upgrade Programme began in January 2001 with the installation of the lift and upgrading of the façade to have modern feel and aesthetics. This was completed in October 2002.

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 around 8.58 am on 19 April 2007, a portion of the MRT track between Tampines and Pasir Ris was not functioning properly. Several public service announcements had been made saying that the train service will be disrupted for about five minutes. The SMRT staff had to evacuate Pasir Ris while fixing the problem. As a result, all eastbound trains had to terminate at Tampines and continue its westbound service. The affected commuters were told that they have three days to collect their refunds from the SMRT. Normal train service was then resumed at 9.28 am and the commuters were then allowed to enter the MRT station again.

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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

Installation of platform screen doors at the station started on 17 April 2011 and began operations since 2 July 2011.[6]

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.[7]

To improve the ventilation at elevated MRT stations, Land Transport Authority (LTA) will be embarking 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.[8] 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 station on the Downtown line will open on 21 October 2017, as announced by the Land Transport Authority on 31 May 2017.[9]

Station layoutEdit

L2 Platform A East West Line towards Pasir Ris (→)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform B East West Line towards Joo Koon (←)
L1 EWL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control
Street Level Tampines Xchange, Tampines Mall, Century Square, Tampines 1, Tampines Bus Interchange
B1 Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control, Transitlink Counter
B2 Platform A Downtown Line (under construction) towards Expo (→)
Island platform
Platform B Downtown Line (under construction) towards Bukit Panjang (←)

ExitsEdit

There are several exits in Tampines MRT Station. There will be no paid link between East West Line and Downtown Line, means commuters have to tap in and tap out when transferring lines.

East West Line:

  • A: Eastlink Mall, Tampines Bus Interchange, transfer to Downtown Line
  • B: Tampines 1
  • C: Tampines Mall, Century Square

Downtown Line:

  • D: Eastlink Mall, Tampines Bus Interchange, transfer to East West Line
  • E: Tampines Concourse, Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange
  • F: Tampines Bus Interchange, New Tampines City

Transport connectionsEdit

RailEdit

Destination First Train Last Train
Mon – Sat Sunday &
Public Holiday
Daily
East West Line
to Pasir Ris 5.21am 5.47am 12.37am
to Joo Koon 5.31am 5.57am 11.26pm
Downtown Line
to Bukit Panjang
to Expo

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