Botanic Gardens MRT Station

 CC19  DT9 
Botanic Gardens
Station exit A
Languages 植物园 | பூ மலை
Lines
Operators SMRT (CCL)
SBS Transit (DTL)
Structure Underground
(CCL & DTL)
Platforms Island (CCL & DTL)
Opened 8 Apr 2011 (CCL)
27 Dec 2015 (DTL)

Botanic Gardens MRT Station (CC19/DT9) is an underground interchange station located at the boundaries of the Tyersall and Dunearn planning subzones, connecting the Circle Line (CCL) and the Downtown Line (DTL).

Located at the junction of Cluny Park Road and Bukit Timah Road, the station is also situated at the North edge of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, hence giving the station its name. It also serves the NUS Bukit Timah Campus and many residential developments in the vicinity.


First / Last Train Timings

Circle Line – CC19 Botanic Gardens
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
Daily
CC1 Dhoby Ghaut 5:45am 6:06am 11:25pm
CC7 Mountbatten 12:02am
CC12 Bartley 11:26am
CC29 HarbourFront 5:32am 5:57am 11:27pm
CC26 Pasir Panjang 11:57pm
CC23 one-north 12:13am
Downtown Line – DT9 Botanic Gardens
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
Daily
DT1 Bukit Panjang 6:00am 6:21am 12:31am
DT19 Chinatown 5:46am 6:06am 11:51pm

Station Layout

L2 Overhead Bridge Over Dunearn Road, Bukit Timah Road
L1 Street level Bus stops, Taxi stands, Pick-up/drop-off points
B1 CCL/DTL Concourses Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre, Shop
Transfer Linkway Paid link between CCL and DTL stations
B2 CCL Platform A Circle Line towards  CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut
CCL Platform B Circle Line towards  CC29  NE1  HarbourFront
B3 DTL Platform B Downtown Line towards  DT19  NE4  Chinatown
DTL Platform A Downtown Line towards  DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang

Platforms

Circle Line (B2):
Platform A: Circle Line towards  CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut via  CC17  Caldecott (→)
Platform B: Circle Line towards  CC29  NE1  HarbourFront via  CC20  Farrer Road (←)
Downtown Line (B3):
Platform B: Downtown Line towards  DT19  NE4  Chinatown via  DT10  Stevens (→)
Platform A: Downtown Line towards  DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang via  DT8  Tan Kah Kee (←)

Botanic Gardens station has four platforms utilized by both rail lines for trains travelling in either direction, arranged in an island platform layout for each rail line. The newer Downtown Line cuts underneath the Circle Line, and the platforms serving both lines are connected with a transfer linkway at concourse level, within paid areas of the station. Full-height Platform screen doors isolate the air-conditioned station from the tunnel environment, enhancing commuter safety and station comfort. A set of escalators, stairs and lifts connect to the concourse above.

Passenger Information Systems, which are plasma display screens located at each platform, display expected train arrival times and key messages. Tactile flooring helps to guide the visually-handicapped from the platform to the station exits.

Concourse

Both CCL and DTL station concourses are located at Basement 1. The concourse features faregates for automatic fare collection and provides access between paid and unpaid areas of the station, with at least one bidirectional wide-swinging gate for the benefit of passengers-in-wheelchairs and those carrying bulky items or travelling with prams.

General Ticketing Machines allow commuters to purchase tickets for single or multiple journeys, and along with Top-up Machines, offer contactless card transactions. Both station offices (CCL and DTL concourse) function as Passenger Service Centres, and are staffed during operating hours, where commuters may make travel inquiries or perform card transactions using cash payment.

A convenience store is present in this station. Finally, the station has public toilets located at CCL and DTL concourse levels.

CCL Art in Transit: “Aquatic Fauna No. 1” by Kai Lam and Chua Chye Teck

Aquatic Fauna No.1 is a symbolic representation of the organic beauty of Mother Nature’s biodiversity. The artwork is based on the aesthetics of traditional Chinese paper cuttings and woodblock print methods and the use of various motifs inspired by the tropical landscape unique to Singapore’s geographical position in the Asian tropical region. Produced in response to the station’s close proximity to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, this site-specific artwork attempts to bridge awareness towards the preservation and conservation of the natural ecological environments that remains amidst fast progression of urban developments.

DTL Art in Transit: “What is a Tree?” by Shirley Soh

It produces oxygen, sustaining life itself.
It provides wood, food, medicine and shade.
It is home to many animals and other living organisms.
It is merely labelled on its functions and form.
What is a tree? And how do we encounter it?

Located in different parts of the station, various vistas of one of Singapore’s best-loved trees, the Tembusu on the front lawn of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, are created to pose the ontological questions.

Civil Defence shelter

Botanic Gardens station is one of eleven stations along the Circle Line designated as Civil Defence (CD) shelters, which will be activated in times of national emergency. Apart from reinforced construction, the stations are designed and equipped with facilities to ensure the shelter environment is tolerable for all shelterees during shelter occupation. These facilities include protective blast doors, decontamination facilities, ventilation systems, power and water supply systems and a dry toilet system.

Exits

Botanic Gardens MRT station has two exits at ground level (A and B); Exit A from the CCL station and Exit B from the DTL station. Both exits are equipped with stairs and escalators, and lifts provide barrier-free accessibility for the disabled.

Exit Disabled access Location Nearby
A Yes Cluny Park Road Adam Road Food Centre, Cluny Court, Cluny Park Residences, College Green Hostel, Embassy of France, Gospel Light Christian Church, Serene Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens
B Yes Bukit Timah Road Adam Road Food Centre, Cluny Court, Cluny Park Residences, College Green Hostel, Embassy of France, Gospel Light Christian Church, Masjid Ba’alwie Mosque, MOE Co-Curricular Activities Branch, National University of Singapore (Bukit Timah Campus), Serene Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens

Station Amenities

  • Public toilets at CCL, DTL concourse level
  • Retait outlet at CCL concourse level

Safety Features

  • Emergency Train Stop buttons on the station platform, when activated, will prevent approaching trains from entering the station, and any train already stopped at the platform will be prevented from moving off.
  • Emergency telephones at station platforms and the intercom system inside the lifts enable commuters to communicate with station staff in the Passenger Service Centre.
  • Emergency door handles allow the platform doors to be opened manually from the train-side in the event of failure.
  • Fire Extinguishers in various locations
  • All escalators equipped with Emergency Stop buttons

Travel Time

All travel times provided here are estimated and subject to changes and delays.

Downtown Line Travel Times
DTL Platform A DTL Platform B
Towards Bukit Panjang Towards Chinatown
 DT8 Tan Kah Kee 2 min DT10 Stevens 2 min
 DT7 Sixth Avenue 4 min DT11 Newton 4 min
 DT6 King Albert Park 6 min DT12 Little India 6 min
 DT5 Beauty World 8 min DT13 Rochor  min
 DT3 Hillview 11 min DT14 Bugis 9 min
 DT2 Cashew 13 min DT15 Promenade 11 min
 DT1 Bukit Panjang 15 min DT16 Bayfront 13 min
DT17 Downtown 15 min
DT18 Telok Ayer 16 min
DT19 Chinatown 18 min
Circle Line Travel Times
CCL Platform A CCL Platform B
Towards Dhoby Ghaut /
Marina Bay
Towards Harbourfront
CC17 Caldecott 5 min  CC20 Farrer Road 2 min
CC16 Marymount 7 min  CC21 Holland Village 5 min
CC15 Bishan 10 min  CC22 Buona Vista 7 min
CC14 Lorong Chuan 12 min  CC23 one-north 9 min
CC13 Serangoon 14 min  CC24 Kent Ridge 11 min
CC12 Bartley 17 min  CC25 Haw Par Villa 13 min
CC11 Tai Seng 19 min  CC26 Pasir Panjang 15 min
CC10 MacPherson 21 min  CC27 Labrador Park 18 min
CC9 Paya Lebar 23 min  CC28 Telok Blangah 20 min
CC8 Dakota 25 min  CC29 Harbourfront 22 min
CC7 Mountbatten 27 min
CC6 Stadium 29 min
CC5 Nicoll Highway 31 min
CC4 Promenade 33 min
CC3 Esplanade 35 min
CC2 Bras Basah 37 min
CC1 Dhoby Ghaut 39 min
CE1 Bayfront 35 min
CE2 Marina Bay 37 min

Transport Connections

Botanic Gardens station connects to several bus stops in the vicinity, as well as taxi stands and passenger pick-up points at selected exits.

Bus

There are two official bus stops linked to Botanic Gardens station.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
B/s 1 41029 – Dunearn Rd (Opp Botanic Gdns Stn) A / B 48, 66, 67, 151, 153, 154, 156, 170, 171, 186
B/s 2 41021 – Bt Timah Rd (Botanic Gdns Stn) A / B 48, 66, 67, 151, 153, 154, 156, 170/A, 171, 186

Road

Taxi stands and pick-up/drop-off points are located next to station exits:

Exit Road Provisions
A Cluny Park Road Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
B Bukit Timah Road (Westbound) Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point

Rail Bridging Services

In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting Botanic Gardens station, rail bridging services (also called MRT breakdown shuttle buses) may be activated to ply affected stretches of the Circle Line or Downtown Line. In which case, the buses can be boarded from the following bus stops:

Towards Bus stop Exit
Circle Line
 CC29  NE1  HarbourFront  B/s 1: 41029 – Dunearn Rd (Opp Botanic Gdns Stn) A / B
 CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut
 CE2  NS27  Marina Bay
B/s 2: Bt Timah Rd (Botanic Gdns Stn) A / B
Downtown Line
 DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang B/s 2: Bt Timah Rd (Botanic Gdns Stn) A / B
 DT19  NE4  Chinatown B/s 1: 41029 – Dunearn Rd (Opp Botanic Gdns Stn) A / B

In addition, passengers can board regular bus services at bus stops officially linked to Botanic Gardens station for free rides.


Passenger Usage Patterns

Serving the popular tourist attraction of Botanic Gardens, as well as residential developments and educational institutions in the vicinity, Botanic Gardens station encounters moderate to high passenger demand throughout the day.

Construction Trivia

Circle Line Stage 4 (CCL4) Contract 854 for the Construction and Completion of Thomson, Adam and Farrer Stations, including Bukit Brown RTS Structure and Tunnels, was awarded to Taisei Corporation. The working name for Botanic Gardens station was Adam Station.

Downtown Line Stage 2 (DTL2) Contract 919 for the Design and Construction of Botanic Gardens and Stevens stations and tunnels was awarded to Sembawang Engineers & Constructors Pte Ltd for approximately S$378.2 million in Jul 2009.

Future Developments


Major Incidents

Casualty incident

On 11 March 2012, a Bangladeshi worker was killed near Botanic Gardens when a concrete slab fell on him. In the first casuality incident of Downtown Line connstruction, 35-year-old Masud Al Mamun was operating an excavator deep in the ground when the slab fell. SCDF rescuers took nearly five hours to reach him, and he was pronounced dead at around 9am.


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