Expo MRT Station

 CG1  DT35 

Expo
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Station Exit A
Station Exit A
Lines Served   East West Line
  Downtown Line
Operator SMRT (EWL)
SBS Transit (DTL)
Structure Elevated (EWL)
Underground (DTL)
Platform Island (EWL & DTL)
Opened on 10 Jan 2001 (EWL)
21 Oct 2017 (DTL)

Expo MRT Station (CG1/DT35) is an above-ground station along the East West Line (EWL)’s Changi Airport Branch line. It is located within the Xilin planning subzone, and is built along Changi South Avenue 1, near the junction with Expo Drive.

The station is designed by British architectural firm Foster and Partners, featuring two shell-shaped roof elements. A 40-metre-diameter disc, clad in stainless steel, shelters the ticket hall and marks the station entrance, while a 130-metre-long, blade-like form, sheathed in titanium, covers the platforms, and is supported by pairs of twin Y-shaped columns outside the tracks, creating a large interior space at platform level. Designed for heavy passenger loads at peak times, clear sight lines and a strong sense of orientation were factored into the design.

The station brings rail connectivity to Singapore Expo, the largest convention and exhibition venue in Singapore, as well as Changi Business Park in the immediate vicinity. East West Line train services operate as shuttle service between Tanah Merah and Changi Airport, necessitating a cross-platform transfer at Tanah Merah station.

From 21 Oct 2017 onwards, Expo station will be an interchange station with the Downtown Line Stage 3, with the station code  CG1  DT35 
 , in addition to being the Eastern terminus of the Downtown Line. A future extension of the Downtown Line (targeted for Year 2024) will add two more stations to the Downtown Line, reverting Expo DTL station to an en-route stop.


First / Last Train Timings

East West Line – CG1 Expo
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays Sat Sun &
PHs
Daily
EW4/CG Tanah Merah 5:36am 5:36am 6:04am 12:11am
Connecting to
EW33 Tuas Link
11:23pm
CG2 Changi Airport 5:23am 5:23am 5:49am 11:54pm

Passengers heading for the City should board the train no later than 11:23pm to be able to connect with the last Tuas Link bound train at Tanah Merah, Passengers taking the last train out of Expo will still be able to connect with the last Pasir Ris bound train.

Train frequencies are 7 – 9 mins during peak hours, and 12 mins during off-peak hours.

Downtown Line – DT35 Expo
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
Daily
DT1 Bukit Panjang 5:36am 5:54am 11:40pm

Station Layout

L2 Platform A East West Line towards EW4CG Tanah Merah
Platform B East West Line towards CG2 Changi Airport
Lift Lobby Faregates, Lift to ground level
L1 EWL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre, Lift to Platform, Station exit
Street Level Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point, Retail Shops
B1 Subway Underpass, Retail Shops
Transfer Linkway Paid transfer link between East West Line & Downtown Line stations
B2 DTL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre, Lift to Platform
B3 Platform C Downtown Line towards DT1 Bukit Panjang
Platform D Downtown Line terminating trains, alighting only

Platforms

East-West Line (L2):
MRT_rail (1)
Platform A: East West Line towards CG2 Changi Airport (→)
Platform B: East West Line towards EW4CG Tanah Merah (←)
MRT_rail (1)
Downtown Line (B3):
MRT_rail (1)
Platform D: Downtown Line terminating trains, alighting only
Platform C: Downtown Line towards DT1 Bukit Panjang via DT34 Upper Changi (←)
MRT_rail (1)

East West Line:

Expo station has two elevated East-West Line platforms in an island platform arrangement. Half-height Platform screen doors are installed at the platform edge for the safety of commuters, and retrofitted High volume, low speed (HVLS) fans keep passengers cool. 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. Escalators, lifts and stairs connect the Platform level to the Ticket Concourse level below.

Designed by British architectural firm Foster and Partners, the station has a large, blade-like roof over the platform supported by columns outside of the tracks, allowing for a spacious interior that is easily navigated. Internally, the polished metal roof surface reflects daylight down through the building, minimising the need for artificial lighting, while externally, the cladding deflects the suns rays, thus helping to create a microclimate on the platforms that is refreshingly up to four degrees cooler than the outside temperature.

East West Line train services operate as shuttle service between Tanah Merah and Changi Airport, necessitating a cross-platform transfer at Tanah Merah station for passengers heading towards other destinations. Train frequencies are 7 – 9 mins during peak hours, and 12 mins during off-peak hours.

The station is also unique in having faregates at platform level, serving a single lift that leads to unpaid areas of the ticket concourse.

Downtown Line:

Expo 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. Platform D is used only for the alighting of passengers from trains arriving from Upper Changi. Trains will switch tracks further up the line and return to Platform C to pick up a fresh load of passengers for its next journey towards Bukit Panjang.

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:

East West Line:

The station has a ticket concourse located at ground level. It 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 those carrying bulky items. Passengers who require lift access can use the lift within unpaid areas of the station, which leads to faregates on the Platform level.

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 Centres, and is staffed during operating hours, where commuters may make travel inquiries or perform card transactions using cash payment.

Retail shops and toilets are located at ground level, within unpaid areas of the station.

Downtown Line:

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. 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.

A public toilet is located in the unpaid area of the DTL concourse.

Art in Transit: “A Banquet” by Yeo Chee Kiong

Singapore Expo brings together the traders from all over the world to showcase their products and to demonstrate their innovative ideas.

A Banquet‘ illustrates ‘Free-Trade Spirit’ with two free-floating ‘Speech balloons’ between two chairs of negotiation. Through the mirror-finished stainless-steel, the ‘speech balloon’ and ‘deceptive isometric chair model’ becomes two sets of magnificent ‘kaleidoscopes’. They cast and reflect the ever-changing and moving visual pattern or passing-by commuters between each protruding hemisphere and the recess in tetragon piece.

In essence, ‘A Banquet‘ attempts to articulate the importance of organic communication in an era of technological advancement and digital media.

Exits

The East-West Line Expo MRT station has two exits on both sides of the station (Exit A & Exit B).

The Downtown Line Expo MRT Station has its “Exit A” located near the East-West Line Station’s “Exit A” at street level. Exits C, D & E  are also at street level. Exits F & G are connected via Basement 1 to the surrounding buildings.

All exits offer barrier-free accessibility for the disabled.

Exit Disabled access Location Nearby
A Yes Singapore Expo Expo Drive, Upper Changi Road, Singapore Expo (Halls 1 – 6 and 7 – 9), The Max Pavilion, ITE College East, Max Atria
B Yes Changi South Avenue 1 Changi Buisness Park, Changi South Avenue 1, Changi City, Changi City Point, Capri by Fraser Changi City, Park Avenue Changi, UE Bizhub East, The Signature, Standard Chartered @ Changi, The IBM Place, Plaza 8 @ CBP, DBS Asia Hub, Yas Global Logistics, Thyssen Haniel Logistics Centre, U-Freight Logistics Centre, Xinlin Districentre
C Yes Expo Drive Expo Halls 7 – 9, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), The Max Pavilion
D Yes Changi Business Park Capri by Fraser: Changi City, Changi City Point, DBS Asia Hub, Eightrium@CBP, One@Changi City, IBP Place, Plaza8 @ CBP, Park Avenue Changi, The Signature, UE Bizhub East
E Yes Changi South Avenue 1 Capri by Fraser: Changi City, Changi City Point, Citi, DBS Asia Hub, DBS Schenker Logistics Centre, One@Changi City, Thyssen Haniel Logistics Centre, U-Freight Logistics Centre, Yusen Logistics
F Yes Changi City Point  
G Yes UE Bizhub East  

Station Amenities

  • Retail shops and Public toilets at Concourse level (unpaid areas)
  • ATMs and Self-service machines at Concourse level (unpaid areas)

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

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

Bus

There are eight official bus stops linked to Expo station. Other bus stops are added here to better display nearby bus connections.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
B/s 1 96021 – Upp Changi Rd East (Opp Expo Halls 1/2/3) A 12, 24, 38, NR7
B/s 2 96029 – Upp Changi Rd East (Expo Halls 1/2/3) A 12, 24, 38
B/s 3 96229 – Xilin Ave (Singapore Expo) A / B 35, 35M, 47, 118
B/s 4 96221 – Xilin Ave (Opp Singapore Expo) A / B 35, 35M, 47, 118
B/s 5 96301 – Changi South Ave 1 (Expo Stn Exit B) B 20, 118
B/s 6 96309 – Changi South Ave 1 (Expo Stn Exit E) E 20, 118
B/s 7 96031 – Upp Changi Rd East (Opp Expo Halls 4/5/6) A 12, 24, 38, NR7
B/s 8 96039 – Upp Changi Rd East (Expo Halls 4/5/6) A 12, 24, 38
96311 – Changi South Ave 1 (Opp Yusen Logistics) B 47, 118
96319 – Changi South Ave 1 (Yusen Logistics) B 47, 118
96381 – Changi South Ave 2 (Changi City Pt) A 20, 47
96389 – Changi South Ave 2 (Opp Changi City Pt) A 20, 47

Road

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

Exit Road Provisions
A Expo Drive (Singapore Expo Foyer 2) Taxi stand
B Changi South Avenue 1 (Northbound) Pick-up/drop-off point
B / E Changi South Avenue 1 (Changi City Point driveway) Taxi stand, Pick-up/drop-off point

Rail Bridging Services

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

 

Towards Bus stop Exit
East West Line
EW4CG Tanah Merah B/s 6: 96309 – Changi South Ave 1 (Expo Stn Exit E) B / E
 CG2  Changi Airport B/s 5: 96301 – Changi South Ave 1 (Expo Stn Exit B) B
Downtown Line
 DT1BP6 Bukit Panjang B/s 5: 96301 – Changi South Ave 1 (Expo Stn Exit B) A

In addition, passengers can board free regular bus services at bus stops officially linked to Expo station depending on the situation on the ground.


Passenger Usage Patterns

Serving Singapore Expo and Changi Business Park, Expo station encounters moderate to high demand during the regular peak hours (from employees heading in/out of Changi Business Park). During peak periods where major exhibitions are held at Singapore Expo, demand can be exceedingly high, and trains may be added to boost the capacity of the Changi Airport Branch line.

Construction

Brief History

With the construction of Singapore Expo, a branch line was conceived to link the it with East West Line at Tanah Merah that eventually extended to Changi Airport. Train services on the Changi Airport Branch line began on 10 January 2001 between Tanah Merah and Expo, as a shuttle service. For a short while, it used the station code E13 until it was renumbered EW28 when the MRT map was revamped later in 2001. It was changed again to CG1 in June 2003, replacing the EW28 code which is now used for Pioneer Station.

When Changi Airport station was opened on 25 February 2002, through services from Boon Lay commenced after the full opening, with alternate Eastbound trains terminating at either Pasir Ris or Changi Airport. Due to substantially lower demand on the Branch line as compared to Simei, Tampines and Pasir Ris, train services were reverted to a shuttle service between Tanah Merah and Changi Airport since July 2003.

Future Developments

From 21 Oct 2017, Expo station will be an interchange station with the Downtown Line. It will remain as the Eastern terminus of the Downtown Line until the Downtown Line Extension to Sungei Bedok opens, scheduled for Year 2024.


Major Incidents


Gallery

Expo station, the newly-built. Image from website.
Expo station, then newly-built. Image from Foster + Partners website.

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