Gul Circle MRT Station

EW30
Gul Circle
卡尔圈 | கல் சர்க்கிள்
Gul Circle Station
Lines Served   East West Line
Operator SMRT
Structure Elevated
Platform Stacked Island
Opened 18 June 2017

This Train Station is affected by Early Closure and Late Opening on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in December 2017. Click here for more details.

This Train Station is affected by Suspended Train Services between Joo Koon & Gul Circle till June 2018. Click here for more details.

Gul Circle MRT Station (EW30) is an above-ground station along the East West Line (EWL). It is located along Tuas Road, near the junction with Tuas Avenue 3 / Gul Circle, sitting at the boundaries of the Gul Circle and Tuas North planning subzones.

The station was constructed as part of the Tuas West Extension of the EWL. It takes its name from the nearby road of the same name, which serves the Gul industrial area. It is also the first elevated stacked interchange station to be built in Singapore, with two unused platform provisions for a planned branch line to Tuas South. The station ceiling rises 33 metres above ground – about the height of a 10-storey Housing Board block, making Gul Circle the tallest elevated station in Singapore.

The station serves industries in the vicinity of Tuas Road, such as Tuas Avenue 3 / 5 and Gul Circle / Cres.


First / Last Train Timings

East West Line – EW30 Gul Circle
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays & Sat Sun &
PHs
Daily
EW1 Pasir Ris 5.26am 5.56am 11.27pm
EW33 Tuas Link 5.30am 6.00am 12.41am

Station Layout

L4 Platform B East West Line towards EW33 Tuas Link
Platform D No Train Service (Future extension to Tuas South)
L3 Platform A East West Line towards EW1 Pasir Ris
Platform C No Train Service (Future extension to Tuas South)
L2 Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre, Retail Shops, Footbridge across Tuas Road
L1 Street Level Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point, Station exits

Platforms

East-West Line (L4):
MRT_rail (1)
Platform B: East West Line towards EW33 Tuas Link via EW31 Tuas Crescent (←)
Platform D: No Train Service (Future extension to Tuas South)
MRT_rail (1)
East-West Line (L3):
MRT_rail (1)
Platform A: East West Line towards EW1 Pasir Ris via EW29 Joo Koon (→)
Platform C: No Train Service (Future extension to Tuas South)
MRT_rail (1)

Gul Circle station has four elevated East West Line platforms arranged in two stacked island platforms. Train services to Tuas Link use the upper platform, while train services to Pasir Ris use the lower platform. Unused platforms at each level are reserved for a future line extension to Tuas South.

The station is built with a barrel vault roof design similar to other stations between Tuas Link and Pioneer, and many other overground stations along the Eastern side of the East West Line. The large curved roof does away with support columns for a more specious feel and easy navigation at platform level. Half-height Platform screen doors are installed at the platform edge for the safety of commuters.

On the upper platform level, high volume, low speed (HVLS) fans keep passengers cool. Skylights on the roof, running the length of the station, allow natural lighting into the station platforms. On the lower platform level, Pro-Jet fans are used instead.

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 levels to the Ticket Concourse level below.

Concourse

The station has a ticket concourse located at Level 2. It features faregates for automatic fare collection and provides access between paid and unpaid areas of the station, with at least 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.

Toilets and retail shops are located in the unpaid areas of the ticket concourse. A link bridge across Tuas Road connects to two exits on either side of the road.

Exits

Built in-between two carriageways of Tuas Road, Gul Circle MRT station has one ground-level exit on both sides of the road, linked to the ticket concourse level by a pedestrian overpass. All exits offer barrier-free accessibility for the disabled.

Exit Disabled access Location Nearby
A Yes Tuas Road (Westbound) /
Gul Circle
Tuas Road, Gul Circle, Gul Crescent, Tuas Fire Station
B Yes Tuas Road (Eastbound) /
Tuas Avenue 3
Tuas Road, JTC Space @ Tuas, Mapletree Pioneer Logistic Hub, Raffles Golf Course

Station Amenities

  • TBC

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

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

Bus

There are two bus stops officially linked to Gul Circle station.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
B/s 1 24511 – Tuas Rd (Gul Circle Stn Exit A) A 192, 193
B/s 2 24519 – Tuas Rd (Gul Circle Stn Exit B) B 192, 193

Road

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

Exit Road Provisions
A Tuas Road (Westbound) Taxi Stand, Pick-up/Drop-off Point
B Tuas Avenue 3 Pick-up/Drop-off Point

Rail Bridging Services

In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting Gul Circle station, rail bridging services (also called MRT breakdown shuttle buses) may be activated to ply affected stretches of the East West 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 2: 24519 – Tuas Rd (Gul Circle Stn Exit B) B
EW33 Tuas Link B/s 1: 24511 – Tuas Rd (Gul Circle Stn Exit A) A

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

Train Service Disruption between Joo Koon & Gul Circle from 20 Nov 2017

Train services between EW29 Joo Koon and EW30 Gul Circle is currently suspended from Monday, 20 November 2017 till mid-2018 to separate the new CBTC Signalling System from the Legacy Signalling System as a result of the Train Collision at Joo Koon on 15 Nov 2017.
However, train services between Tuas Link and Gul Circle continue to operate as per normal.

The Free Shuttle Bus Service between Joo Koon & Gul Circle can be boarded at the following Bus Stop:

Towards Bus stop Exit
East West Line
EW29 Joo Koon B/s 2: 24519 – Tuas Rd (Gul Circle Stn Exit B) B

 


Track Layout

As provisions for a future branch line to Tuas South, Platforms C and D are not open for passenger service. While tracks and platform screen doors have been installed, the electrified third rail has not been installed.

At the west end of the station, scissors crossovers on both the upper and lower platform levels provide access from the main line to the future branch line. Rail buffers physically isolate the unused platforms from the main line.

The rail viaducts at Platforms C and D end just east of the station.


Passenger Usage Patterns

TBC

Construction

Contract 1688 (C1688) for the construction of Gul Circle Station and associated 2.8km of MRT viaducts along the Tuas West Extension was awarded to Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co Ltd at a contract sum of S$190 million in November 2011. The civil engineering contractor had also been involved in constructing the Circle Line and Downtown Line Stages 1 and 2.

Gul Circle station was constructed as part of the $3.5 billion, 7.5-kilometre Tuas West extension, a fully elevated extension with four stations and a new train depot in Tuas.

The working name for Gul Circle station was Tuas Station.

Brief History

Future Developments


Major Incidents


Gallery

For more pre-opening pictures, check out the Gul Circle MRT Station: Gallery


External Links & References

One thought on “Gul Circle MRT Station

  • 19 June 2017 at 3:27 PM
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    Ok, so this is the actual thing that I want to say apart from those 3 comments: I have a feeling that the unused platforms c and d might be used for the cross island line. ?

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