|Languages||卡尔圈 | குல் வட்டம்|
|Lines||East West Line|
|Opening||2nd Quarter 2017|
Gul Circle MRT Station (EW30) is an above-ground station along the East West Line (EWL). It sits at the boundaries of the Gul Circle and Tuas North planning subzones, and is physically located along Tuas Road, near the junction with Tuas Avenue 3 / Gul Circle.
The station is scheduled to open in 2nd Quarter 2017 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.
When opened, Gul Circle station is expected to serve 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|
|EW1 Pasir Ris||—||—||—||—|
|EW33 Tuas Link||—||—||—||—|
|L4||Platform C||East West Line towards Tuas Link|
|Platform D||Unused (Future extension to Tuas South)|
|L3||Platform A||East West Line towards Pasir Ris|
|Platform B||Unused (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|
East-West Line (L4):
|Platform C: East West Line towards Tuas Link via Tuas Crescent (←)
Platform D: Future extension to Tuas South
East-West Line (L3):
|Platform A: East West Line towards Pasir Ris via Joo Koon (→)
Platform B: Future extension to Tuas South
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.
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.
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 linkbridge across Tuas Road connects to two exits on either side of the road.
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.
|A||Yes||Tuas Road (Westbound)||Tuas Road, Tuas Fire Station, Gul Circle, Gul Cres, Gul Lane, Gul Link, Gul Street 4 & 5|
|B||Yes||Tuas Road (Eastbound)||Tuas Road, Tuas Avenue 1, 3 & 5, Tuas Drive 1 & 2, JTC Space @ Tuas, Tuas Village Eating House|
- 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
Gul Circle MRT station connects to several bus stops in the vicinity, as well as taxi stands and passenger pick-up points.
There are two bus stops officially linked to Gul Circle station.
|No.||Bus stop||Exit||Bus Routes|
|B/s 1||24511 – Tuas Rd (Tuas Fire Stn)||A||192, 193|
|B/s 2||24519 – Tuas Rd (Opp Tuas Fire Stn)||B||192, 193|
Taxi stands and pick-up/drop-off points are located near station exits:
|A||Tuas Road (Westbound)||Taxi Stand, Pick-up/Drop-off Point|
|B||Tuas Avenue 3||Taxi Stand, 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:
|East West Line|
|Pasir Ris||B/s 2: 24519 – Tuas Rd (Opp Tuas Fire Stn)||B|
|Tuas Link||B/s 1: 24511 – Tuas Rd (Tuas Fire Stn)||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.
Passenger Usage Patterns
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.
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