Tanah Merah MRT Station

 EW4 
Tanah Merah
Station Exterior
Languages 丹那美拉 | தானா மேரா
Lines   East West Line
Operator SMRT
Structure Elevated
Platform Double Island
Opened 4 Nov 1989

Tanah Merah MRT Station (EW4) is an above-ground station along the East West Line (EWL) while serving as the transfer station with the EWL’s Changi Airport Branch line. It is located at the boundaries of the Bedok North and Bedok South planning subzones, and is built along New Upper Changi Road, between the junctions of Bedok South Avenue 3 and Bedok Road.

The station name, which means red earth in Malay, is derived from the red lateritic cliffs along the coast that were once visible from the sea (most of which were leveled into the sea for land reclamation works) . The station serves the Tanah Merah area, a hilly residential area with many condominiums, private houses and a few schools.

Tanah Merah station offers a cross-platform interchange between mainline East West Line train services and Changi Airport Branch line services to Changi Airport which use the middle track. The station will also benefit from a future expansion with a new platform by Year 2024. 


First / Last Train Timings

East West Line – EW4 Tanah Merah
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays Sat Sun &
PHs
Daily
EW1 Pasir Ris 5:16am 5:16am 5:42am 12:31am
EW29 Joo Koon 5:36am 5:36am 6:02am 11:31pm
CG2 Changi Airport 5:20am 5:20am 5:47am 11:50pm

Train frequencies on the Changi Airport Branch line are 7 – 9 mins during peak hours, and 12 mins during off-peak hours.


Station Layout

L2 Platform A East West Line towards  EW1  Pasir Ris
Platform B East West Line towards  EW33  Tuas Link
Platform C & D East West Line towards  CG2  Changi Airport
L1 Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Retail Shops
Street Level Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point, Station exits
B1 Underpass Public underpass underneath New Upper Changi Road

Platforms

East-West Line (L2):
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Platform A: East West Line towards  EW1  Pasir Ris via  EW3  Simei (→)
Platform C: East West Line towards  CG2  Changi Airport via (→)
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Platform D: East West Line towards  CG2  Changi Airport via (→)
Platform B: East West Line towards  EW33  Tuas Link via  EW5  Bedok (←)
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Tanah Merah station has four elevated East-West Line platforms arranged in two island platforms, serving three tracks. While the outermost tracks are used for regular EWL services (Platforms A and B), the middle track is used for the turnaround of Changi Airport Branch Line trains and is served by Platforms C and D. Train frequencies on the Airport branch are 7 – 9 mins during peak hours, and 12 mins during off-peak hours.

The station is built with a modified barrel vault roof design used at many other stations along the Eastern side of the East West Line. The curved roof spans three platforms and is supported by two rows of pillars on each island platform. 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. Skylights on the roof above the middle track, running the length of the station, allow natural lighting into the station platforms.

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 both platforms to the Ticket Concourse level below, where passengers can walk between platforms or exit the station paid areas.

Concourse

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 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 TransitLink Add Value 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.

Retail shops and toilets are located at ground level, within unpaid areas of the station concourse. Escalators, stairs and a lift connect the ticket concourse level to the basement underpass, which leads to exits on either side of New Upper Changi Road.

Exits

Built in-between two carriageways of New Upper Changi Road, Tanah Merah MRT station has two exits on either side of the road. Both exits offer barrier-free accessibility for the disabled.

Exit Disabled access Location Nearby
A Yes New Upper Changi Road (Westbound) APSN Katong School, Bedok View Secondary School, Bedok South Secondary School, Bedok Ria, Bedok Rise, eCO condominium, Limau Estate, Man Fatt Lam Buddhist Temple, Stratford Court
B Yes New Upper Changi Road (Eastbound) Bedok Shopping Complex/Market Place, Anglican High School, Bedok Stadium / Swimming Complex / Tennis Centre / Sports Hall, Sepak Tekraw & Silat Centre, Tanah Merah Kechil, The Tanamera, Optima @ Tanah Merah, East Meadows, Casa Merah, Urban Vista, HDB Vista 8
Bus Services to: ITE College East, Changi Village, Changi Prison, Changi Chapel & Museums, Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Changi Ferry Terminal, Changi Jetty, Changi Airfreight Terminal

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

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

Bus

There are two official bus stops linked to Tanah Merah station.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
B/s 1 85091 – New Upp Changi Rd (Tanah Merah Stn Exit B) B 2, 9, 12, 14, 24, 31, 35, 35M, 38, 45, 47, 48, NR7
B/s 2 85099 – New Upp Changi Rd (Tanah Merah Stn Exit A) A 2, 9, 12, 14, 24, 31, 35, 35M, 38, 45, 47, 48

Road

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

Exit Road Provisions
A New Upper Changi Road (Westbound) Taxi stand, Pick-up/drop-off point
B New Upper Changi Road (Eastbound) Taxi stand, Pick-up/drop-off point

Rail Bridging Services

In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting Tanah Merah 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 1: 85091 – New Upp Changi Rd (Tanah Merah Stn) A
 EW33  Tuas Link B/s 2: 85099 – New Upp Changi Rd (Tanah Merah Stn) B
 CG2  Changi Airport B/s 1: 85091 – New Upp Changi Rd (Tanah Merah Stn) A

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


Passenger Usage Patterns

Serving schools and residential areas in the vicinity, Tanah Merah station encounters moderate demand from students and residents in the area. More people use the station for transfers between the mainline and Changi Airport branch.

Construction

Brief History

The station opened on 4 November 1989 in its present form, with two island platforms for East West Line services in both directions and an unused middle track. Train services on the Changi Airport Branch line began on 10 January 2001 between Tanah Merah and Expo, as a shuttle service.

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, Changi Airport Branch Line train services were reverted to a shuttle service between Tanah Merah and Changi Airport since July 2003.

Future Developments

New platform at Tanah Merah station

A third platform and fourth track will be constructed at Tanah Merah station to improve waiting times on the Changi Airport branch. Currently operating out of the middle track, a future fourth track will be constructed north of the station for Eastbound East West Line services, leaving the middle two tracks for train services to Changi Airport, hence allowing trains to arrive and depart at the station at shorter intervals.

Contract T315 for the Addition and Alteration Works to Existing Tanah Merah Station and Existing Viaducts was awarded to Lum Chang Building Contractors Pte Ltd for S$325 million in October 2016. The reconfigured viaducts will connect the East-West Line to the East Coast Integrated Depot.

This will be the second MRT station in Singapore to have tracks added to its original configuration, the first being Jurong East. Enhancement works will commence in 2016, and are expected to be completed in 2024.


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