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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. The Downtown Line station will also function as a sleeping accommodation.

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]

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.[6]

Timothy Mok also took their photo of the Tampines MRT Station exit in November 2012, and I had been uploaded as a profile photo in Twitter all the way until April 2014, where it was replaced by City Hall portion where it is before KOI Café.

The station on the Downtown line will open on 21 October 2017, as announced by the Land Transport Authority on 31 May 2017.[7]

PlatformsEdit

Tampines MRT Station had installed their half-height platform screen doors from 3 June 2011. Tampines MRT Station had their HVLS fans installed as the first station on 28 May 2012. Their HVLS fans are similar to what is found in Tampines Secondary School hall.

Tampines MRT Station is the first MRT station to be upgraded with lifts in 2002. It had disabled access.

ConcourseEdit

Tampines MRT Station had their TITAN faregates installed and in operational from 25 June 2012. This is due to their faregates being spoilt since 4 June 2012, as well as they have their wider AFC faregates available for use since 2002, one of the first MRT stations to do so after the opening of Changi Airport MRT Station. This station also has upgraded queue lines since 27 June 2013.

Tampines MRT Station also have a security guard tables and chairs to answer for some enquiries like the SG50 Seniors Public Transport Voucher in 2015, which has been there since 2009, or whichever year it is. In addition, it is also part of the Exercise Heartbeat in 2016, where two gunmen started shooting at the innocent crowd outside. There are also USB charging ports in the MRT station.

General Ticketing Machines allow commuters to purchase tickets for single or multiple journeys, and along with TransitLink Add Value Machines, offer contactless card transactions. The station office functions as a Passenger Service Centre, and is staffed during operating hours, where commuters may make travel inquiries or perform card transactions using cash payment. A TransitLink Ticket Office is also located at this station, operating from 8:00am to 9:00pm daily.

Dylan Ng is not allowed to eat or drink in the MRT station which is in the year 2009. This means that in addition, those who are going to take the MRT also cannot eat or drink after the paid area, where the signboard has been posted before tapping in. This station also has CCTV cameras to deter people who are evading their fare, or eating/drinking inside the station.

For the Downtown Line, there will be lift access at the Exit F that goes to the Tampines Bus Interchange and Tampines Central 1, together with the bicycle rack and there will also be two ventilation points at Tampines MRT.

Station AmenitiesEdit

Tampines MRT Station has lifts with pedestrian overhead bridges, which is located at Tampines Avenue 4.

  • 7-Eleven, Beadspin and Public Toilets at the concourse level (Unpaid areas)
  • Bicycle racks at station exits
  • Automated Teller Machines outside
  • Rubbish bin outside

Station layoutEdit

L2 Platform 1 East West Line towards Pasir Ris (→)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 2 East West Line towards Tuas Plaza via Simei (←)
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 3 Downtown Line (under construction) towards Expo via Godric's Hollow (→)
Island platform
Platform 4 Downtown Line (under construction) towards Bukit Panjang via Huang Wen (←)

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.

Tampines MRT station has three exits on the ground floor of the station clustered around the unpaid area of the concourse. Only Exit A offers barrier-free accessibility for the disabled.

The underpass between the bus interchange and Tampines Concourse will also be constructed, and this will be completed in October 2017. The underpass will be opened 24 hours.

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

Rail Replacement ServicesEdit

In the event of a train disruption, rail replacement services are provided to ply affected stretches of the East West Line.

Towards Bus stop Exit
East West Line
Pasir Ris B/s 1: 76141 – Tampines Ave 4 (Tampines Stn/Int) B
Tuas Plaza B/s 2: 76149 – Tampines Ave 4 (Opp Tampines Stn/Int) B

Passenger Usage PatternsEdit

Serving Tampines Town Centre, Tampines station encounters high demand throughout the day as a transport node for Tampines Town Centre residents.

East West Line
EW1 Pasir Ris Take East West Line to Pasir Ris, or take bus service 15 to Pasir Ris Interchange.
EW3 Simei Take bus service 20 to Simei Street 3 (Simei Station).
EW4 Tanah Merah Take bus service 31 to New Upper Changi Road (Tanah Merah Station).
EW5 Bedok Take bus service 18 / 69 to Bedok Interchange, 28 / 31 to New Upper Changi Road (Bedok Station) from Tampines Interchange, 168 (B/S 2) to Bedok Interchange.
EW9 Aljunied Take East West Line to Aljunied.
EW12 Bugis Take East West Line to Bugis.
EW13 City Hall Take East West Line to City Hall.
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.
EW22 Dover Take East West Line to Dover.
EW24 Jurong East Take East West Line to Jurong East.
EW26 Lakeside Take East West Line to Lakeside.
EW27 Boon Lay Take East West Line to Boon Lay.
EW29 Joo Koon Take East West Line to Joo Koon.
CG1 Expo Take East West Line to Tanah Merah and change to Changi Airport Line to Expo.
Or take bus service 20 to Changi South Avenue 1.
CG2 Changi Airport Take bus service 27 / 34 to any Changi Airport PTBs.
North South Line
NS2 Bukit Batok Take East West Line to Jurong East and change to North South Line to Bukit Batok.
NS15 Yio Chu Kang Take bus service 72 to Yio Chu Kang Interchange.
NS16 Ang Mo Kio Take bus service 72 to Hougang Avenue 3 (Blk 21) and change to service 25 to Ang Mo Kio Interchange.
NS20 Novena Take East West Line to City Hall and change to North South Line to Novena.
NS22 Orchard Take East West Line to City Hall and change to North South Line to Orchard.
NS23 Somerset Take East West Line to City Hall and change to North South Line to Somerset.
NS24 Dhoby Ghaut Take East West Line to City Hall and change to North South Line to Dhoby Ghaut.
NS27 Marina Bay Take East West Line to City Hall and change to North South Line to Marina Bay.
North East Line
NE7 Little India Take bus service 23 to Serangoon Road (Tekka Centre).
NE8 Farrer Park Take bus service 21 to Kitchener Road (bef Tai Hoe Hotel).
NE14 Hougang Take bus service 72 to Hougang Central Interchange.
NE17 Punggol Walk to Tampines Avenue 5 (Tampines Stadium) and take bus service 34 to Punggol Interchange.
Circle Line
CC1 Dhoby Ghaut Take East West Line to Paya Lebar and change to Circle Line to Dhoby Ghaut.
CC2 Bras Basah Take East West Line to Paya Lebar and change to Circle Line to Bras Basah.
CC3 Esplanade Take East West Line to Paya Lebar and change to Circle Line to Esplanade.
CC4 Promenade Take East West Line to Paya Lebar and change to Circle Line to Promenade.
CC6 Stadium Take East West Line to Paya Lebar and change to Circle Line to Stadium.
CC10 MacPherson Take East West Line to Paya Lebar and change to Circle Line to MacPherson.
Downtown Line
DT1 Bukit Panjang Take Downtown Line to Bukit Panjang.
DT2 Cashew Take Downtown Line to Cashew.
DT3 Hillview Take Downtown Line to Hillview.
DT5 Beauty World Take Downtown Line to Beauty World.
DT6 King Albert Park Take Downtown Line to King Albert Park.
DT7 Sixth Avenue Take Downtown Line to Sixth Avenue.
DT8 Hwa Chong Take Downtown Line to Hwa Chong.
DT9 Botanic Gardens Take Downtown Line to Botanic Gardens.
DT10 Stevens Take East West Line to Bugis and change to Downtown Line to Stevens.
DT11 Newton Take East West Line to Bugis and change to Downtown Line to Newton.
DT13 Rochor Take East West Line to Bugis and change to Downtown Line to Rochor. Or take bus service 23 to Rochor Canal Road (Rochor Station).
DT14 Bugis Take Downtown Line to Bugis.
DT15 Promenade Take Downtown Line to Promenade.
DT16 Bayfront Take Downtown Line to Bayfront.
DT17 Downtown Take Downtown Line to Downtown.
DT18 Telok Ayer Take Downtown Line to Telok Ayer.
DT19 Chinatown Take Downtown Line to Chinatown.
DT20 Fort Canning Take Downtown Line to Fort Canning.
DT21 Bencoolen Take Downtown Line to Bencoolen.
DT22 Sungei Road Take Downtown Line to Sungei Road.
DT23 Bendemeer Take Downtown Line to Bendemeer.
DT24 Kallang Bahru Take Downtown Line to Kallang Bahru.
DT25 Mattar Take Downtown Line to Mattar.
DT26 MacPherson Take Downtown Line to MacPherson.
DT27 Ubi Take Downtown Line to Ubi.
DT28 Kaki Bukit Take Downtown Line to Kaki Bukit.
DT29 Town Park Take Downtown Line to Town Park.
DT30 Stonehills Take Downtown Line to Stonehills.
DT31 Huang Wen Take Downtown Line to Huang Wen.
DT33 Godric's Hollow Take Downtown Line to Godric's Hollow.
DT34 Somapah Take Downtown Line to Somapah.
DT35 Expo Take bus service 20 to Changi South Avenue 1 or Downtown Line to Expo.
Sengkang LRT
SE4 Kangkar Take North East Line to Sengkang and change to Sengkang LRT to Kangkar.

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 Tuas Plaza 5.31am 5.57am 11.26pm
Downtown Line
to Bukit Panjang
to Expo

TaxiEdit

Taxi stands are available at the drop-off points:

Exit Road Provisions
A Tampines Avenue 4 (Tampines Mall driveway) Taxi stand, Pick-up/drop-off point
B Tampines Central 4 (Tampines One driveway) Taxi stand
B Tampines Central 4 (outside Tampines Stn) Pick-up/drop-off point

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