Buona Vista MRT station

MRT station in Singapore

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.

 EW21  CC22 
Buona Vista
புவன விஸ்தா
Buona Vista
Rapid transit
Interior of the Circle Line Buona Vista MRT station.
General information
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 (SMRT Corporation) (East West and Circle Lines)
Platforms4 (2 island platforms)
ConnectionsBus, Taxi
Structure typeElevated (East West Line)
Underground (Circle Line)
Platform levels2
ParkingYes (The Star Vista, Rochester Mall)
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station code EW21  CC22 
Opened12 March 1988; 35 years ago (1988-03-12) (East West Line)
8 October 2011; 12 years ago (2011-10-08) (Circle Line)
Previous namesNorth Buona Vista
Preceding station   Mass Rapid Transit   Following station
towards Pasir Ris
East West line
towards Tuas Link
towards Dhoby Ghaut
Circle line
towards HarbourFront
East West Line platforms at the station.

History change

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.

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 EW Line station was also converted into a transfer level between the two lines. The Circle Line part was opened on October 8, 2011, while the two new exits share the same location as the original one.[2]

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.[3]

The lifts were upgraded in August 2009 and had been the last station to be barrier-free, due to the big size of 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, the same day as the fans at Commonwealth.

Art in Transit change

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.[4] 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 change

  1. Riding the MRT train to Clementi
  2. Circle Line stations to open on 8 October 2011
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Other websites change