Buona Vista MRT station

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Coordinates: 01°18′26.4″N 103°47′24.1″E / 1.307333°N 103.790028°E / 1.307333; 103.790028

 EW21  CC22 
Buona Vista
波那维斯达
புவன விஸ்தா
Buona Vista
Rapid transit
EW᷆21 CC22 Buona Vista EWL and Exit C.jpg
Exterior of the EWL platforms with the entrance to the CCL platforms.
Location100 North Buona Vista Road
Singapore 139345 (EWL)
150 North Buona Vista Road
Singapore 139350 (CCL)
Coordinates1°18′25″N 103°47′26″E / 1.306817°N 103.790428°E / 1.306817; 103.790428
Operated bySMRT Trains Ltd (SMRT Corporation) (East West and Circle lines)
Line(s)
Platforms4 (2 island platforms)
Tracks4
ConnectionsBus, Taxi
Construction
Structure typeElevated (East West line)
Underground (Circle line)
Platform levels2
ParkingYes (The Star Vista, Rochester Mall, The Metropolis)
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station code EW21  CC22 
History
Opened12 March 1988; 32 years ago (1988-03-12) (East West line)
8 October 2011; 8 years ago (2011-10-08) (Circle line)
ElectrifiedYes
Previous namesNorth Buona Vista
Services
Preceding station   Mass Rapid Transit   Following station
towards Pasir Ris
East West line
towards Joo Koon or Tuas Link
towards Dhoby Ghaut
Circle line
towards HarbourFront
Location


Buona Vista MRT station (EW21/CC22) is a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) interchange station on the East West line and Circle line in Queenstown, Singapore. This station is in close proximity to one-north, a high technology business parks made up of biomedical science, infocomm technology and media industries. It is built near the junctions of North Buona Vista Road, Commonwealth Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue West.

History[edit]

East West line platforms at the station.
Concourse level for EWL platforms.
The circle line section of the station under construction in 2007.
Art-in-Transit at CCL platforms.

Buona Vista station opened on 12 March 1988, as part of Phase 1B of the MRT line which runs from Outram Park to Clementi.[1]

In the late 1990s to early 2000s, a temporary overhead bridge was built across North Buona Vista Road, leading into the concourse level.

The MRT station was initially planned to be linked via a Light Rail Transit line that would have served residents living near the area, as well as students from the National University of Singapore and Singapore Polytechnic.[2] The announcement was made by Singapore's former Communications Minister Mah Bow Tan, who hoped it to be an elevated transit line and pilot its building at a cost of $300 million. However, it had not been built eventually due to its lack of economic viability.[3]

With the construction of the Circle line from 11 January 2005, the bridge was demolished and replaced with a newer one. The second storey of the East West line station was also converted into a transfer level between the two lines. The Circle line part was opened on 8 October 2011, while the two new exits share the same location as the original one.[4]

Following the 25 March 2006 accident, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) made the decision in 2008 to install Platform Screen Doors in this station, whereby operations commenced on 10 June 2011.[5]

The lifts were upgraded in August 2009 and had been the last station to be barrier-free, due to complexities within the station. Buona Vista MRT station is the second station to serve as an interchange between an above and underground MRT line, with the first being Paya Lebar. The station is fitted with high-volume low-speed fans, which commenced operations on 25 June 2012, along with Commonwealth.

Circle Line Art in Transit[edit]

The artwork featured under the Art in Transit programme is The Tree of Life by Gilles Massot. Located on the lift shaft in the underground station, the artwork depicts a eucalyptus tree located at the nearby Kent Ridge Park that has been digitally edited to create an effect similar to David Hockney's photo montages.[6] The tree also represents the jungle greenery which used to exist next to the above-ground station and is a result of the deep impression left on the artist of the landscape and view of the area.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Riding the MRT train to Clementi
  2. ^ "First Light Rail Transit system". Infopedia - National Library Board, Singapore. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  3. ^ Ton, Elgin (2 October 2017). "Of LRT disruptions and political pressure". The Straits Times. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  4. ^ Circle Line stations to open on 8 October 2011
  5. ^ Wong, Siew Ying (26 January 2008). "Above-ground MRT stations to have platform screen doors by 2012". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  6. ^ Martin, Mayo. "Circle Line Art! The final destination(s)! A sneak peek!". For Art's Sake!. TODAYonline Blogs. Archived from the original on 27 December 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2011.

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