Tan Kah Kee
|Languages||陈嘉庚 | டான் கா கீ|
|Opened||27 Dec 2015|
Tan Kah Kee MRT Station (DT8) is an underground station along the Downtown Line (DTL) Stage 2, located at the boundaries of the Coronation Road and Hillcrest planning subzones. It is built underneath Bukit Timah Road, near the junction of Duchess Road, and serves part of the Bukit Timah corridor.
The station is located in the vicinity of upscale low-rise private homes and gated communities, and educational institutions in the ‘Bukit Timah belt’, such as Hwa Chong Institution, Nanyang Girls’ High School, Raffles Girls’ Primary School and National Junior College.
The station bears the name Tan Kah Kee, after the philanthropist and founder of Hwa Chong Institution. It was the first time that a person’s full name was used for to name a MRT station, and also first time that a MRT station name did not directly relate to the station’s geographical location.
First / Last Train Timings
|Downtown Line – DT8 Tan Kah Kee
|Destination||First Train||Last Train|
|DT1 Bukit Panjang||6.02am||6.22am||12.34am|
|L2||Overhead Bridge||Over Dunearn Road, Bukit Timah Road|
|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 DT35CG1 Expo|
|Platform A||Downtown Line towards Bukit Panjang|
|Platform B: Downtown Line towards DT35CG1 Expo via Botanic Gardens (→)
Platform A: Downtown Line towards Bukit Panjang via Sixth Avenue (←)
Tan Kah Kee 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. With the concourse level wrapping around the platform, the ceiling is two floors high at platform level, conveying a spacious feel. A set of escalators, stairs and lifts connect to the concourse above.
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 exits of the station.
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. A station office is staffed during operating hours, where commuters may make travel inquiries or perform card transactions using cash payment.
Lifts and escalators connect the concourse to street level and the overhead bridge. A public toilet is located in the unpaid area of the concourse, near the Passenger Service Centre.
Art in Transit: “Resilience & Gratitude” by Hwa Chong Institution
Resilience and Gratitude are artworks commemorating the philanthropic legacy of Tan Kah Kee, composed of colourful handwritten text. When viewed from a distance, words dissolve into abstract scenes that depict the blazing sun and the flowing river.
Civil Defence shelter
Tan Kah Kee station is one of six stations along the Downtown Line 2 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.
Tan Kah Kee MRT station has a two exits at ground level (A and B), each at either side of Dunearn / Bukit Timah Road. While Exit A is the surface level entrance to the underground station, Exit B is connected to it via an overhead bridge. Both ends of the overhead bridge are equipped with escalators, and lifts provide barrier-free accessibility for the disabled.
|A||Yes||Bukit Timah Road||Coronation Arcade, Coronation Shopping Plaza, Crown Centre, Hwa Chong Institution, King’s Arcade|
|B||Yes||Dunearn Road||Bougainvillea Park, Nanyang Girls’ High School, National Junior College, Poh Ming Tse Temple, Raffles Girls’ Primary School, Watten Estate|
- Public toilets at DTL concourse
- 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
Tan Kah Kee station connects to two bus stops in the vicinity, as well as a taxi stand and passenger pick-up point.
There are two official bus stops linked to Tan Kah Kee station.
|No.||Bus stop||Exit||Bus Routes|
|B/s 1||41051 – Bt Timah Rd (Tan Kah Kee Stn)||A||66, 67, 74, 151, 154, 156, 157, 170/A, 171, 174, 852, 961/#|
|B/s 2||41069 – Dunearn Rd (Opp Tan Kah Kee Stn)||B||66, 67, 74, 151, 154, 156, 157, 170, 171, 174, 852, 961/#|
Taxi stands and pick-up/drop-off points are located next to the following station exits:
|A||Bukit Timah Road (Westbound)||Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point|
Rail Bridging Services
In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting Tan Kah Kee station, rail bridging services (also called MRT breakdown shuttle buses) may be activated to ply affected stretches of the Downtown Line. In which case, the buses can be boarded from the following bus stops:
|Bukit Panjang||B/s 1: 41051 – Bt Timah Rd (Tan Kah Kee Stn)||A|
|DT35CG1 Expo||B/s 2: 41069 – Dunearn Rd (Opp Tan Kah Kee Stn)||B|
In addition, passengers can board regular bus services at bus stops officially linked to Tan Kah Kee station for free rides.
Passenger Usage Patterns
As a station along the Bukit Timah belt serving both low-density residential homes but multiple educational institutions, Tan Kah Kee station encounters low to moderate demand levels from residents but high demand from students who use the rail network to get to school.
Downtown Line Stage 2 (DTL2) Contract 918 for the Design and Construction of Tan Kah Kee station and tunnels was awarded to Alpine Bau GmbH (Singapore Branch), an engineering contractor from Austria, for approximately S$350.04 million in Sep 2009. However, the company filed for insolvency on 19 June 2013, halting progress on Contracts 917 and 918, both of which were awarded to Alpine Bau.
In Aug 2013, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) appointed SK Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. (Singapore) to complete construction works for Tan Kah Kee station and associated tunnels. Referred to as “Contract 918A“, it was awarded for approximately S$222 million. Originally expected to be delayed till mid-2016, expedited construction work brought the opening of the Downtown Line 2 back on schedule to December 2015.
In May 2015, the LTA filed some S$500 million in claims against bankrupt contractor Alpine Bau for the incompletion of the two MRT projects, but was unlikely to recoup anywhere near the full amount.
The working name for Tan Kah Kee station was Duchess Station.
Cracks appearing in homes
Between July and August 2012, at least 40 terraced and semi-detached houses in the vicinity of Tan Kah Kee were damaged as hairline cracks appeared in walls inside and outside their homes. Besides cracks, some car porch roofs and walls had shifted, and some gates could no longer open. Blamed on the Downtown Line construction, the Land Transport Authority found the homes to be structurally safe and took measures to repair the damage.
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