Fort Canning MRT Station

Fort Canning
福康宁 | ஃபோர்ட் கென்னிங்
Fort Canning Station
Lines Served   Downtown Line
Operator SBS Transit
Structure Underground
Platform Island
Opening in Year 2017

Fort Canning MRT Station (DT20) is an underground station along the Downtown Line (DTL) Stage 3, bordering the Clarke Quay and Fort Canning planning subzones. It is built underneath River Valley Road, near the junction with Clemenceau Avenue.

The station is named after Fort Canning Hill, the small hill just north of the station that carries a historical significance. It took on a military role in 1859 and was named after then Governor-General Charles Canning. It is still referred to as Fort Canning to this day.

Apart from serving the Fort Canning Hill, the station is located in the vicinity of the Clarke Quay entertainment district and River Valley, with its shopping malls, offices, hotels and residential homes.

First / Last Train Timings

Downtown Line – DT20 Fort Canning
Destination First Train Last Train
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
DT1 Bukit Panjang
DT35 Expo

Station Layout

L1 Street level Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
B1 Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre
B2 Platform B Downtown Line towards  DT35 CG1   Expo
Platform A Downtown Line towards  DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang


Platform B: Downtown Line towards  DT35  CG1  Expo via  DT21  Bencoolen (→)
Platform A: Downtown Line towards  DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang via  DT19  NE4  Chinatown (←)

Fort Canning station has two platforms in an island platform arrangement, with both platforms utilized for trains travelling in either direction. Full-height Platform screen doors isolate the air-conditioned station from the tunnel environment, enhancing commuter safety and station comfort.

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.

Unseen from the platform, a pair of cripple sidings are located parallel to the running tracks, separated by a concrete wall.


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: TBC



Recognition & Awards

Extracted from IES released documents

The Downtown Line tunnel between Fort Canning and Bencoolen MRT stations on the Downtown Line was recognised by the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) as one of the top 50 engineering achievements with the greatest impact on Singapore since 1965.

Linking the Fort Canning and Bencoolen MRT stations, LTA engineers had to build tunnels just 1m above the existing North East Line (NEL) tunnel – the closest two lines have run on Singapore’s rail network. Built over nine months between 2013 and 2014, they also cross below the North South Line and Circle Line tunnels, at 8m and 3m respectively.

In addition, the Downtown Line tunnel between Fort Canning and Chinatown stations also made it to the top 50 list, cutting underneath the Singapore River and built in close proximity to the existing Central Expressway tunnel.

Source: Straits Times and IES

Station Amenities

  • Public toilets at DTL 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 (TBC)

Rail Bridging Services (TBC)


Passenger Usage Patterns

As a Central region station serving both commercial and entertainment districts, Fort Canning station encounters moderate to high demand levels owing to its close proximity to Clarke Quay. Complementing relatively weak bus connections in the area, the station brings about better accessibility to this unique corner of Singapore.


Downtown Line Stage 3 (DTL3) Contract 937 for the construction and completion of Fort Canning Station and associated tunnels was awarded to Korean contractor GS Engineering & Construction Corp. for approximately S$255.05 million.

The working name for Fort Canning station was River Valley Station.

Future Developments

Major Incidents


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