|Languages||多美歌 | டோபி காட்|
|Lines||North South Line
North East Line
|Operators||SMRT (NSL & CCL)
SBS Transit (NEL)
|Platforms||Island (NSL, NEL & CCL)|
|Opened||12 Dec 1987 (NSL)
17 Apr 2010 (CCL)
Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station (NS24/NE6/CC1) is an underground interchange station in the Central area, at the Eastern end of the Orchard Road shopping belt, connecting the North South Line (NSL), North East Line (NEL) and the Circle Line (CCL).
Located underneath Orchard Road and the The Atrium@Orchard shopping mall, the station brings rail connections to the diverse Dhoby Ghaut commercial area, with shopping centres, museums, educational institutions, residential apartments, the Istana, and places of worship in the vicinity. At ground level, a green space (Dhoby Ghaut Green) adds tropical greenery to the densely-built Orchard Road district.
The station and its surrounding area gets its name from Dhobi Ghat, which means “washerman’s place” in Hindi, in reference to people that used to wash their laundry from a clear stream in the area (now Stamford Canal) until the early 1900s.. Dhoby Ghaut station is also Singapore’s first three-line interchange station, and one of three terminus stations of the Circle Line.
First / Last Train Timings
|North South Line – NS24 Dhoby Ghaut
|Destination||First Train||Last Train|
|NS1 Jurong East||6:07am||6:07am||6:32am||11:57pm|
|NS28 Marina South Pier||5:52am||5:52am||6:17am||11:50pm|
|NS27 Marina Bay||–||–||–||11:54pm|
|North East Line – NE6 Dhoby Ghaut
|Destination||First Train||Last Train|
|Weekdays||Sat, Sun & PHs|
|Circle Line – CC1 Dhoby Ghaut
|Destination||First Train||Last Train|
|CC26 Pasir Panjang||–||–||11:18pm|
|CC11 Tai Seng||–||–||12:10am|
|L1||Street level||Plaza Singapura, Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point|
|B1||Dhoby Xchange||Dhoby Xchange, Plaza Singapura basement|
|B1M||Underpass||Unpaid linkway between NSL and NEL stations|
|B2||NSL Concourse||Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre|
|Transfer linkway||Linkway from NSL Concourse and CCL Concourse to B3 Transfer Hall|
|NEL Concourse||Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre|
|B3||NSL Platform A||North South Line towards Jurong East|
|NSL Platform B||North South Line towards Marina South Pier|
|NEL Transfer Hall||Located between NEL concourse and platform levels; escalator network to B2 transfer linkway for NSL and CCL transfer|
|CCL Concourse||Escalators to both North South Line platforms, lift to North South Line southbound platform and ticket concourse|
|B4||CCL Platform A||Circle Line towards HarbourFront|
|CCL Platform B||Circle Line towards HarbourFront|
|B5||NEL Platform A||North East Line towards HarbourFront|
|NEL Platform B||North East Line towards Punggol|
With both the North East Line and Circle Line terminating at HarbourFront, signs are placed to advise commuters that the North East Line offers the faster route to HarbourFront station. Well-integrated with the The Atrium@Orchard and Plaza Singapura shopping mall, various exits lead directly to retail areas of the mall.
North South Line (B3):
|Platform A: North South Line towards Jurong East via Somerset (←)
Platform B: North South Line towards Marina South Pier via City Hall (→)
North East Line (B5):
|Platform A: North East Line towards HarbourFront via Clarke Quay (→)
Platform B: North East Line towards Punggol via Little India (←)
Circle Line (B4):
|Platform A: Circle Line towards HarbourFront via Bras Basah (→)
Platform B: Circle Line towards HarbourFront via Bras Basah (→)
Dhoby Ghaut station has six platforms, with the North South Line (NSL), North East Line and the Circle Line (CCL) occupying two platforms each. All of them are arranged in an island platform arrangement, separated by depth by occupying different floors between Basement 3 and Basement 5. 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.
All platforms are served by a set of escalators, stairs and lifts which connect to the concourse and transfer linkways above. The NEL platform, being the deepest, contains a very spacious indoor space two floors high.
As the terminus of the Circle Line, both CCL platforms at utilized alternatively for train turnarounds.
While all three rail lines have station concourses, only the North South Line and North East Line concourses feature faregates for automatic fare collection and provides access between paid and unpaid areas of the station. At least one bidirectional wide-swinging gate is installed at each point of entry/exit for the benefit of passengers-in-wheelchairs and those carrying bulky items or travelling with prams. The Circle Line concourse is located entirely within paid areas of the station, and does not have faregates.
General Ticketing Machines allow commuters to purchase tickets for single or multiple journeys, and along with Transitlink Add Value Machines (NSL) and Top-up Machines (NEL), offer contactless card transactions. All NSL, NEL and CCL station offices function as Passenger Service Centres, and are staffed during operating hours, where commuters may make travel inquiries or perform card transactions using cash payment.
The transfer areas between the three rail lines span two floors. Starting from the NSL concourse at B2, a transfer linkway connects with the CCL concourse off to the right, where a pair of escalators and stairs lead to the CCL platform at B4. Further on, the transfer linkway emerges at an atrium where a set of four escalators descend to the B3 transfer hall, where passengers can ascend to the NEL concourse or descend to the NEL platform level. The station is fully accessible to the disabled, and a network of lifts and tactile flooring help with movement around the large station.
Retail shops are present in both NSL and NEL parts of the station. One floor above the NSL concourse is the Dhoby Xchange, a large retail space with a selection of retail shops. Small numbers of retail shops are also located within the NEL concourse.
NEL Art in Transit: “Universal Language” by Sun Yu-Li
This artwork is a good example of how art can help guide commuters through a complex interchange station. Floor tiles that employ a universal language of symbols such as the hunter and the fish line the six routes leading towards the trains. At the heart of the station, these symbols come together in a large floor mural and stunning wall panel.
NEL Art in Transit: “Interchange” by Milenko & Delia Prvacki
Located in the linkway of the interchange, the work of this husband and wife team salutes Asia’s rich artistic legacy. Working in mosaic, Milenko created a lush, floor design that fans out at the foot of the escalators and four sets of column rings. A vibrant, tactile wall mural sees Delia’s refined work ceramics fusing seamlessly with Milenko’s earthy mosaics.
CCL Art in Transit: “Man and Environment” by Baet Yoke Kuan
The artwork has been conceived to relieve the pressures of the frenzied atmosphere typical of a journey on the MRT with forms inspired by the balmy textures and sensitive lines textures abundant in nature. The natural, organic forms are inserted in the interior of the station as act as a counterbalance to its architectural scale and hectic activities of the MRT station; fragmented pieces of visual poetry meant to ameliorate even the toughest of life’s migraines, pieces that hope to stay the steps of commuters but allow their imaginations to be vivified.
Dhoby Ghaut MRT station has four exits at ground level (A, B, E, F), and two below ground level (C, D), all of which are accessible to the disabled. Exits C and D connect to the basement of Plaza Singapura, while exits E and F are integrated within The Atrium@Orchard. Exits A and B share a single lift in between the two exits.
|A||Yes||Handy Road||MacDonald House, National Museum of Singapore, Orchard Presbytarian Church, Parklane Shopping Mall, Peace Centre, Plaza by the Park, PoMo, Registry of Marriage, Rendezvous Hotel, School Of The Arts , SMU, The Cathay, Wesley Methodist Church, Wilkie Edge, YMCA|
|B||Yes||Penang Road||Church of Sacred Heart, Concorde Hotel, Dhandayutha Pani Murugan Temple, Fort Canning Centre, Hotel Grand Central, Hotel Innotel, Istana , Macdonald House, Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura, Red Cross House, Supreme Hotel, Teochew Chew Building, The Atrium @ Orchard, The Glass House, University of Chicago, Singapore Shopping Centre, Park Mall|
|C||Yes||Plaza Singapura (Basement)||Plaza Singapura, Concorde Hotel, Istana|
|E||Yes||The Atrium@Orchard||Hotel Rendezvous, Macdonald House, Orchard Road, School Of The Arts, SMU, The Cathay|
- Public toilets at NSL, NEL concourse
- ATMs and Self-service machines
- 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
Dhoby Ghaut station connects to several bus stops in the vicinity, as well as taxi stands and passenger pick-up points at selected exits.
There are three official bus stops linked to Dhoby Ghaut station.
|No.||Bus stop||Exit||Bus Routes|
|B/s 1||08031 – Penang Rd (Dhoby Ghaut Stn)||B||7, 7A, 14/e, 16, 36, 65, 77, 106, 111, 124, 128, 162/M, 167, 171, 174/e, 175, 190, 652, 656, 660, 663, 665, 700/A, 850E, 951E, 971E, 972|
|B/s 2||08057 – Orchard Rd (Dhoby Ghaut Stn)||E / F||1N, 2N, 3N, 4N, 5N, 6N, 7, 7B, 14/e, 16, 36, 77, 106, 111, 124, 128, 162/M, 167, 171, 174/e, 175, 190, 502/A, 518/A, 652, 656, 660, 663, 665, 700/A, 850E, 951E, 971E, 972, NR6, NR7|
|B/s 3||08058 – Orchard Rd (Aft Dhoby Ghaut Stn)||E / F||64, 65, 139, NR6, NR7|
Taxi stands and pick-up/drop-off points are located next to station exits:
|Exit||Road / Landmark||Provisions|
|B||Penang Road (outside Park Mall)||Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point|
|E / F||Handy Road (outside The Atrium @ Orchard)||Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point|
Rail Bridging Services
In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting Dhoby Ghaut station, rail bridging services (also called MRT breakdown shuttle buses) may be activated to ply affected stretches of the North South Line, North East Line or Circle Line. In which case, the buses can be boarded from the following bus stops:
|North South Line|
|Jurong East||B/s 1: 08031 – Penang Rd (Dhoby Ghaut Stn)||B|
|Marina South Pier||B/s 2: 08057 – Orchard Rd (Dhoby Ghaut Stn)||E / F|
|North East Line|
|HarbourFront||B/s 1: 08031 – Penang Rd (Dhoby Ghaut Stn)||B|
|Punggol||B/s 2: 08057 – Orchard Rd (Dhoby Ghaut Stn)||E / F|
|HarbourFront||B/s 2: 08057 – Orchard Rd (Dhoby Ghaut Stn)||E / F|
In addition, passengers can board regular bus services at bus stops officially linked to Dhoby Ghaut station for free rides.
Passenger Usage Patterns
As an interchange station in the heart of the City, the station is well-utilized by many commuters transferring between rail lines heading in and out of the area. With the area’s strong retail environment accompanied by many places of interest, Dhoby Ghaut station encounters high commuter traffic throughout the day.
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