Bras Basah MRT Station

 CC2 
Bras Basah
Station exit A
Languages 百胜 | பிராஸ் பாசா
Lines   Circle Line
Operator SMRT
Structure Underground
Platform Island
Opened 17 Apr 2010

Bras Basah MRT Station (CC2) is an underground station along the Circle Line (CCL) Stage 1, located in the Central area. It is built underneath Bras Basah Road, bordering Waterloo Street and Queen Street, and serves the surrounding civic district within the Museum planning area. Nearby buildings include the Singapore Art Museum, SMU campus, NTUC Income Centre and Manulife Centre.

Bras Basah is Malay for “wet rice”. When rice carried as boat cargo got wet, they were laid out to dry at the banks of what became known as Sungei Bras Basah (now Stamford Canal).

The station is 35 metres underground, and houses the longest escalators throughout the Singapore rail network at 41.3 metres in length, which connects the station concourse (B1) to the transfer level (B4) and takes approximately one minute to travel. The station design by renowned local architectural firm WOHA was selected through the Marina Line Architectural Design Competition, organised jointly by the Land Transport Authority of Singapore and the Singapore Institute of Architects.

A prominent design feature of the station is the station roof, which appears to be a reflection pool from the surface, but doubles up as a skylight, allowing abundant natural light to reach the lower levels of the deep station. This design has won the station multiple international design awards.

Built in close proximity to Bencoolen station along the Downtown Line, the stations are connected by an underground public (unpaid) link which is part of SMU.


First / Last Train Timings

Circle Line – CC2 Bras Basah
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
Daily
CC1 Dhoby Ghaut 5:54am 6:21am 12:03am
CC29 HarbourFront 5:39am 6:06am 10:50pm
CC26 Pasir Panjang 11:20pm
CC23 one-north 11:36pm
CC17 Caldecott 12:03am
CC11 Tai Seng 12:11am

Station Layout

L1 Street level Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
B1 Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre
B4 Transfer Hall Escalators to Concourse and Platforms
B5 Platform A Circle Line towards  CC29  NE1  HarbourFront
Platform B Circle Line towards  CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut

Levels B2 and B3 are service floors and not for public access.

Platforms

Circle Line (B5):
MRT_rail (2)
Platform A: Circle Line towards  CC29  NE1  HarbourFront via  CC3  Esplanade (→)
Platform B: Circle Line towards  CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut (←)
MRT_rail (2)
Platform level
Platform level

Bras Basah station has two platforms in an island platform arrangement. Full-height Platform screen doors isolate the air-conditioned station from the tunnel environment, enhancing commuter safety and station comfort. A set of escalators and stairs connect to the Transfer Hall above (B4), where another escalator ascends to the Concourse level (B1). On the other hand, a set of lifts connect the platform directly to the Concourse level.

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

The concourse at Basement 1 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.

Transfer hall escalators (B4)
Transfer hall escalators (B4)

General Ticketing Machines allow commuters to purchase tickets for single or multiple journeys, and along with Top-up 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.

Entering the paid areas, the station roof functions as a skylight, bringing natural light into the lower depths into the station. 41.3-metre long escalators – the longest throughout Singapore’s rail network – link the Concourse level (B1) with the Transfer Hall (B4), and a final set of escalators connect that to the Platform level (B5). To conserve energy in the face of low-moderate passenger demand, only one set of escalators are switched on at one time.

A public toilet is located in the unpaid area of the CCL concourse, near the passenger service centre.

Art in Transit: “The Amazing Neverending Underwater Adventures! ” by Tan Kai Syng

A 29-minute video cycle titled ‘The Amazing Neverending Underwater Adventures!’ by Tan Kai Syng is the only video artwork commissioned by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) for the Art in Transit programme. It is screened every evening from 1929hrs, at the concourse level of the station (underneath the skylight). Centered around action heroine Desyphus, it comprises 29 chapters and 29 riddles, questioning our ‘realities’ of the here and now.

Exits

Bras Basah MRT station has three exits leading to ground level (A, D and E). Exit A and E are equipped with escalators, while Exit D is a flight of steps. Exits B and C connect to the Singapore Management University (SMU)’s Li Ka Shing Library, where public lifts within the building provide the only form of disabled access to street level in the vicinity. SMU’s publically-accessible Basement Concourse seamlessly connects to other parts of the campus.

Exit Disabled access Location Nearby
A No Queen Street Bras Basah Road, Bras Basah Complex, National Library, Singapore Art Museum, Oxford Hotel, Royals at Queens Hotel, Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria Hotel, Carlton Hotel, Kum Yan Methodist Church, Church of Saints Peter and Paul, Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, NTUC Trade Union House, NTUC Income Centre, CHIJMES, SMU Administration Building
B Yes SMU Campus SMU Campus, National Museum of Singapore via SMU, Peranakan Museum via SMU, The Substation via SMU, Vanguard Building via SMU, Stamford Centre via SMU, Fort Canning Park via SMU
C Yes SMU Campus
D No Waterloo Street Bras Basah Road/Bencoolen Street, Waterloo Street, Manulife Centre
E No Bras Basah Road Manulife Centre, Maghain Aboth Synagogue, Singapore Caligraphy Centre, YMS Art Centre, Dance Ensemble Singapore, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Campus, Rendezvous Grand Hotel, Strand Hotel, Bencoolen House, Hotel 81, Bayview Hotel, Masjid Bencoolen, Sunshine Plaza

Station Amenities

  • Public toilets at CCL concourse

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

Transport Connections

Bras Basah station connects to several bus stops in the vicinity, as well as taxi stands and passenger pick-up points.

Bus

There are five official bus stops linked to Bras Basah station.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
B/s 1 04179 – Bras Basah Rd (NTUC Income Ctr) A 7, 14/e, 16, 36, 77, 106, 111, 128, 131, 162/M, 167, 171, 175, 502/A, 518/A, 700/A, 850E, 857, 951E, NR7
B/s 2 04019 – Bencoolen St (Manulife Ctr) D 131, 147, 166, 857
B/s 3 04121 – Stamford Rd (SMU) B 7, 14/e, 16, 36, 77, 106, 111, 124, 128, 131, 147, 162/M, 166, 167, 171, 174/e, 175, 190, 700/A, 850E, 857, 951E, 971E
B/s 4 04151 – Victoria St (Cath of The Good Shepherd) B 130, 133, 145, 197, 851, 960
B/s 5 01012 – Victoria St (Hotel Grand Pacific) A 2, 7, 12, 32, 33, 51, 61, 63, 80, 175, NR7

Road

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

Exit Road Provisions
B Queen Street (SMU Li Ka Shing Library dropoff) Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
E Waterloo Street (Manulife Centre) Pick-up/drop-off point

Rail Bridging Services

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

Towards Bus stop Exit
Circle Line
 CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut B/s 3: 04121 – Stamford Rd (SMU) B
 CC29  NE1  HarbourFront B/s 1: 04179 – Bras Basah Rd (NTUC Income Ctr) A

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


Passenger Usage Patterns

As a Central region station serving the civic districts, Telok Ayer station encounters moderate demand levels from visitors to various attractions in the vicinity, as well as students from the Singapore Management University.

Construction

Circle Line Stage 1 (CCL1) Contract 825 for the construction and completion of Dhoby Ghaut, Bras Basah, Esplanade and Promenade Stations (then known as Museum, Convention Centre and Millenia stations) and tunnels was awarded to local, Chinese and Sweedish companies Woh Hup-Shanghai Tunnel Engineering – NCC Joint Venture.

The working name for Bras Basah station was Museum Station.

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