Buona Vista MRT Station

 EW21  CC22 
Buona Vista
Station exit D
Languages 波那维斯达 | புவன விஸ்தா
Lines   East West Line
  Circle Line
Operator SMRT
Structure Elevated (EWL)
Underground (CCL)
Platform Island (EWL & CCL)
Opened 12 Mar 1988 (EWL)
8 Oct 2011 (CCL)

Buona Vista MRT Station (EW21/CC22) is an interchange station along the East-West Line (EWL) and Circle Line (CCL) Stage 4, located at the northern edge of the One North planning area. It is built near the junction of North Buona Vista Road and Commonwealth Road West. Connecting the elevated EWL station with the underground CCL station, it was the second elevated-underground interchange station built, after Paya Lebar station.

The station is named after the surrounding area which carries the same name – translated to “good sight” in Italian, the Buona Vista area is hilly, which could have inspired the name.

Buona Vista Station serves a mix of commercial and residential developments, with The Star Vista mall and Rochester Mall near the station, and HDB estates at Ghim Moh and Holland Vista. It also serves Biopolis, a biomedical research and development centre and part of the one-north business park, a developing area for the R&D and high technology cluster.


First / Last Train Timings

East West Line – EW21 Buona Vista
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
Daily
EW1 Pasir Ris 5:43am 6:11am 11:53pm
EW33 Tuas Link 6:16am 6:42am 12:15am

 

Circle Line – CC22 Buona Vista
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
Daily
CC1 Dhoby Ghaut 5:39am 6:00am 11:19pm
CC7 Mountbatten 11:56pm
CC12 Bartley 12:19am
CC29 HarbourFront 5:39am 6:03am 11:34pm
CC26 Pasir Panjang 12:04am
CC23 one-north 12:20am

 


Station Layout

L4 Platform A East West Line towards  EW1  Pasir Ris
Platform B East West Line towards  EW33  Tuas Link
L3 EWL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre
Linkbridge Pedestrian bridge across North Buona Vista Road
L2 Transfer Linkway Paid link between EWL Platforms and CCL concourse
L1 Street Level Station Exits, Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point, Retail Shops, TransitLink Service Centre
Lift Lobby Faregates, Ticketing machines, Lift access to L2 and L4
B1 CCL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre, Underpass across North Buona Vista Road
B2 Platform A Circle Line towards  CC29  NE1  HarbourFront
Platform B Circle Line towards  CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut

Platforms

East West Line (L4):
Platform A: East West Line towards  EW1  Pasir Ris via  EW20  Commonwealth (→)
Platform B: East West Line towards  EW33  Tuas Link via  EW22  Dover (←)

Buona Vista station’s elevated East West Line platform level has two platforms in an island platform arrangement. Half-height Platform screen doors are installed at the platform edge for commuters’ safety, and retrofitted Pro-Jet fans keep passengers cool. Similar to many older stations along the Western side of the East West Line, a simple flat roof shelters the platform level, and the station is painted with a single base colour, which is Light Green for this station.

A set of escalators, stairs and lifts connect to both the EWL concourse level (L3) for exiting the station, and transfer linkway (L2) for transfers to the Circle Line.

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 station exits and the Circle Line platforms.

Circle Line (B2):
MRT_rail (2)
Platform B: Circle Line towards  CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut via  CC21  Holland VIllage (→)
Platform A: Circle Line towards  CC29  NE1  HarbourFront via  CC23  one-north (←)
MRT_rail (2)

The underground Circle Line platform 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, stairs and a lift connects the platform level to the concourse level one floor above. With the concourse wrapping around the platform, a large interior space is created that gives the impression of spaciousness. The platforms are wider to accommodate more passengers at CCL interchange stations such as Buona Vista.

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 East West Line platform and station exits.

Concourse

East West Line and Circle Line station concourses are at Level 3 and Basement 1 respectively. They feature 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 TransitLink Add Value Machines (EWL) and Top-up Machines (CCL), offer contactless card transactions. The station offices at each concourse function as a Passenger Service Centre, and is staffed during operating hours, where commuters may make travel inquiries or perform card transactions using cash payment.

Both EWL and CCL stations are connected by a transfer linkway within paid areas. Escalators and lifts lead from the CCL Concourse level (Basement 1) to the Transfer floor (Level 2) where another set of escalators and lifts connect with the EWL platform.

The CCL concourse level is also equipped with an unpaid corridor which allows pedestrians to use the station as an underpass crossing underneath North Buona Vista Road, without having to enter the rail network. At Level 1, a TransitLink Service Centre / Concession card replacement office is open from 1000hrs to 1800hrs daily, except public holidays.

Toilets are located in the unpaid areas of both concourse levels, situated near the Passenger Service Centres. There are retail shops within unpaid areas of the EWL concourses, at Level 1.

CCL Art in Transit: “The Tree of Life” by Gilles Massot

Scenic tropical greenery along South Buona Vista were the earliest impressions Massot had of Singapore when he first arrived in 1981. This strong sense of nature and greenery and its association to the name Buona Vista inspired this artwork. Situated close to Rochester and Nepal Parks, The Tree of Life is an attempt to bring the over-ground landscape to the underground station. This eucalyptus tree, though not an indigenous species, has been selected as the subject for its shape and texture of the bark, as well as the colour to complement the colour scheme of the station. Dimension and movement created through the use of tiling technique brings life to the station space.

Civil Defence shelter

Buona Vista CCL 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

Buona Vista MRT station has three exits at ground level (A,  C and D), all of which provide barrier-free accessibility for the disabled. An overground Exit B leads to an overhead bridge across North Buona Vista Road which does not provide disabled access.

Exit Disabled access Location Nearby
A Yes Commonwealth Avenue West Commonwealth Avenue West, Holland Drive estate, Ghim Moh estate, Buona Vista Bus Terminal, Buona Vista Community Centre, Buona Vista Neighbourhood Police Post, Civil Service College, Ghim Moh Bus Terminal, Ghim Moh Market and Food Court, Ghim Moh Valley, Holland Drive Market and Food Court, MOE Language Centre (Ghim Moh), Ulu Pandan Community Centre
B No North Buona Vista Road (Southbound) Commonwealth Avenue West, Holland Drive estate, Buona Vista Bus Terminal, Civil Service College, Holland Drive Market and Food Court, Ministry of Education (MOE), The Metropolis, NTU @ One-North, Biopolis
C Yes North Buona Vista Road (Northbound) North Buona Vista Road, Rochester Park, Rochester Mall, Park Avenue Rochester, The Rochester Condo, The Star Vista and Performing Arts Centre, Dover Heights, Anglo-Chinese Junior College, Fairfield Methodist School (Primary), Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary)
D Yes The Metropolis North Buona Vista Road, The Metropolis, Ministry of Education (MOE), Biopolis, NTU @ One-North, One-North Park, One-North Residences

Station Amenities

  • Public toilets at concourse level
  • Bicycle racks at station exits
  • ATMs and Self-service Machines at 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

Transport Connections

Buona Vista station connects to several bus stops in the vicinity, taxi stands and passenger pick-up points.

Bus

There are six official bus stops linked to Buona Vista station.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
B/s 1 11191 – C’wealth Ave West (Buona Vista Stn) A 105, 106, 147, 185, NR5, NR8
B/s 2 11361 – Nth Buona Vista Rd (Buona Vista Stn Exit C) B / C 74, 91, 92, 92M, 95, 191, 196, 198, 200
B/s 3 11369 – Nth Buona Vista Rd (Buona Vista Stn Exit D) D 74, 91, 92, 92M, 95, 191, 196, 198, 200
B/s 4 11199 – C’wealth Ave West (Blk 15) A 105, 106, 147, 185
B/s 5 11181 – C’wealth Ave (Opp Blk 43) B / D 74, 74e, 91, 95, 100, 105, 106, 111, 147, 185, 191, 196, 198, 200, NR5, NR8
B/s 6 11189 – C’wealth Ave (Blk 43) B / D 32, 74, 74e, 91, 95, 100, 105, 106, 111, 145, 147, 185, 191, 196, 198, 200

Road

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

Exit Road Provisions
B / C North Buona Vista Road (Northbound) Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
D Paya Lebar Road (Southbound) Pick-up/drop-off point

 

Rail Bridging Services

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

Towards Bus stop Exit
East West Line
 EW1  Pasir Ris B/s 4: 11199 – C’wealth Ave West (Blk 15) A
 EW33  Tuas Link B/s 1: 11191 – C’wealth Ave West (Buona Vista Stn) A
Circle Line
 CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut B/s 2: 11361 – Nth Buona Vista Rd (Buona Vista Stn Exit C) B / C
 CC29  NE1  HarbourFront B/s 3: 11369 – Nth Buona Vista Rd (Buona Vista Stn Exit D) D

In the event of a large-scale rail disruption affecting multiple lines, special shuttle bus services may be activated in addition to the usual bus bridging services. They are:

Route Bus stop Exit
Buona Vista – Clementi – Jurong East – Boon Lay B/s 2: 11361 – Nth Buona Vista Rd (Buona Vista Stn Exit C) B / C

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


Passenger Usage Patterns

Buona Vista is an important interchange station linking the East-West Line with the Circle Line, and as such, encounters large numbers of transfer passengers between the two lines. It also benefits shopping malls, as well as offices and residential developments in the vicinity, hence passenger traffic through this station is relatively high.

Construction

Circle Line Stage 4 (CCL4) Contract C855 for the construction of Holland, Buona Vista, one-North and National University Hospital stations and associated tunnels was awarded to Japanese and local companies Nishimatsu / Lum Chang Joint Venture.

Future Developments


Major Incidents


Gallery


External Links & References

2 thoughts on “Buona Vista MRT Station

  • 23 June 2016 at 9:08 PM
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    LTA should consider make a bus interchange around this MRT for at least 14 service with 35 parking lots and Ghim Moh and Buona Vista terminals can close for good

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    • 16 July 2016 at 11:01 AM
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      I’m not sure if there is enough space though. Plus, there is a land previously vacated by the temporary market and food centre next to Ghim Moh Bus Terminal, so LTA/MND should replace the roadside terminal with a bus interchange. As for Buona Vista, I feel that there are more parking lots for the eight existing bus services and this should not be much of a problem.

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