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|Address||21 Changi South Avenue 1, Singapore 486065 (EWL)
2 Expo Drive, Singapore 485985 (DTL)
|Lines Served|| East West Line
|Operator||SMRT Trains (EWL)
SBS Transit (DTL)
|Platform||Island (EWL & DTL)|
|Opened on||10 Jan 2001 (EWL)
21 Oct 2017 (DTL)
Expo MRT Station (CG1/DT35) is an above-ground station along the East West Line (EWL)’s Changi Airport Branch line. It is located within the Xilin planning subzone, and is built along Changi South Avenue 1, near the junction with Expo Drive.
The station is designed by British architectural firm Foster and Partners, featuring two shell-shaped roof elements. A 40-metre-diameter disc, clad in stainless steel, shelters the ticket hall and marks the station entrance, while a 130-metre-long, blade-like form, sheathed in titanium, covers the platforms, and is supported by pairs of twin Y-shaped columns outside the tracks, creating a large interior space at platform level. Designed for heavy passenger loads at peak times, clear sight lines and a strong sense of orientation were factored into the design.
The station brings rail connectivity to Singapore Expo, the largest convention and exhibition venue in Singapore, as well as Changi Business Park in the immediate vicinity. East West Line train services operate as shuttle service between Tanah Merah and Changi Airport, necessitating a cross-platform transfer at Tanah Merah station.
From 21 Oct 2017, Expo station became an interchange station with the Downtown Line Stage 3, with the station code CG1DT35
, in addition to being the Eastern terminus of the Downtown Line. A future extension of the Downtown Line (targeted for Year 2024) will add two more stations to the Downtown Line, reverting Expo DTL station to an en-route stop.
First / Last Train Timings
|East West Line – (CG1) Expo
|Destination||First Train||Last Train|
|Weekdays & Sat||Sun & Public Holidays||Daily|
|EW4/CG Tanah Merah||5:36am||6:04am||12:11am|
|Connecting to EW33 Tuas Link||–||–||11:23pm|
|CG2 Changi Airport||5:23am||5:50am||11:53pm|
|Downtown Line – (DT35) Expo
|Destination||First Train||Last Train|
|Weekdays & Sat||Sun & Public Holidays||Daily|
|DT1 Bukit Panjang||5:36am||5:54am||11:40pm|
Passengers heading for the City should board the train no later than 11:23pm to be able to connect with the last Tuas Link bound train at Tanah Merah. Passengers taking the last train out of Expo will still be able to connect with the last Pasir Ris bound train.
Train frequencies are 7 – 9 mins during peak hours, and 12 mins during off-peak hours on the East West Line – Changi Airport Branch.
|L2||Platform A||East West Line towards EW4CG Tanah Merah|
|Platform B||East West Line towards CG2 Changi Airport|
|Lift Lobby||Faregates, Lift to ground level|
|L1||EWL Concourse||Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre, Lift to Platform, Station Exits|
|Street Level||Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point, Retail Shops|
|B1||Subway||Underpass, Retail Shops|
|Transfer Linkway||Paid Transfer Link between EWL & DTL Stations|
|B2||DTL Concourse||Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre|
|B3||Platform C||Downtown Line towards DT1–BP6 Bukit Panjang|
|Platform D||Downtown Line terminating trains, alighting only|
East-West Line (L2):
|Platform A: East West Line towards CG2 Changi Airport (→)
Platform B: East West Line towards EW4CG Tanah Merah (←)
Downtown Line (B3):
|Platform D: Downtown Line terminating trains, alighting only
Platform C: Downtown Line towards DT1–BP6 Bukit Panjang via DT34 Upper Changi (←)
East West Line:
Expo station has two elevated East-West Line platforms in an island platform arrangement. 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. 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 level to the Ticket Concourse level below.
Designed by British architectural firm Foster and Partners, the station has a large, blade-like roof over the platform supported by columns outside of the tracks, allowing for a spacious interior that is easily navigated. Internally, the polished metal roof surface reflects daylight down through the building, minimising the need for artificial lighting, while externally, the cladding deflects the suns rays, thus helping to create a microclimate on the platforms that is refreshingly up to four degrees cooler than the outside temperature.
East West Line train services operate as shuttle service between Tanah Merah and Changi Airport, necessitating a cross-platform transfer at Tanah Merah station for passengers heading towards other destinations. Train frequencies are 7 – 9 mins during peak hours, and 12 mins during off-peak hours.
The station is also unique in having faregates at platform level, serving a single lift that leads to unpaid areas of the ticket concourse.
An additional lift was built in 2017 from the Platform level to the Concourse level within the paid area to facilitate transfer to and from the Downtown Line.
Expo station has two platforms in an island platform arrangement. Full-height Platform screen doors isolate the air-conditioned station from the tunnel environment, enhancing commuter safety and station comfort. Platform D is used only for the alighting of passengers from trains arriving from Upper Changi. Trains will switch tracks further up the line and return to Platform C to pick up a fresh load of passengers for its next journey towards Bukit Panjang.
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.
East West Line:
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 those carrying bulky items. Passengers who require lift access can use the lift within unpaid areas of the station, which leads to faregates on the Platform level.
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.
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. The station office functions as a Passenger Service Centre, and is staffed during operating hours, where commuters may make travel inquiries.
Art in Transit: “A Banquet” by Yeo Chee Kiong
Singapore Expo brings together the traders from all over the world to showcase their products and to demonstrate their innovative ideas.
‘A Banquet‘ illustrates ‘Free-Trade Spirit’ with two free-floating ‘Speech balloons’ between two chairs of negotiation. Through the mirror-finished stainless-steel, the ‘speech balloon’ and ‘deceptive isometric chair model’ becomes two sets of magnificent ‘kaleidoscopes’. They cast and reflect the ever-changing and moving visual pattern or passing-by commuters between each protruding hemisphere and the recess in tetragon piece.
In essence, ‘A Banquet‘ attempts to articulate the importance of organic communication in an era of technological advancement and digital media.
East West Line Station
- Self-service machines at Concourse level (L1)
- Retail shops at Concourse level (L1)
- Bicycle Racks at Station Exits
Downtown Line Station
- Retail shops at Subway Level (B1)
- Public Toilet at Ticket Concourse Level (B2)
The East West Line Expo MRT station has two exits on both sides of the station (Exit A & Exit B).
The Downtown Line Expo MRT Station has its “Exit A” located near the East-West Line Station’s “Exit A” at street level. Exits C, D & E are also at street level. Exits F & G are connected via Basement 1 to the surrounding buildings.
All exits offer barrier-free accessibility for the disabled.
|A||Singapore Expo||Expo Drive, Upper Changi Road, Singapore Expo (Halls 1 – 6 and 7 – 9), The Max Pavilion, Max Atria|
|B||Changi South Avenue 1||Changi Buisness Park, Changi South Avenue 1, Changi City, Changi City Point, Capri by Fraser Changi City, Park Avenue Changi, ESR BizPark @ Changi, The Signature, Standard Chartered @ Changi, The IBM Place, Plaza 8 @ CBP, DBS Asia Hub, Yas Global Logistics, Thyssen Haniel Logistics Centre, U-Freight Logistics Centre, Xinlin Districentre|
|C||Expo Drive||Expo Halls 7 – 9, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), The Max Pavilion|
|D||Changi Business Park||Capri by Fraser: Changi City, Changi City Point, DBS Asia Hub, Eightrium@CBP, One@Changi City, IBP Place, Plaza8 @ CBP, Park Avenue Changi, The Signature, ESR BizPark @ Changi|
|E||Changi South Avenue 1||Capri by Fraser: Changi City, Changi City Point, Citi, DBS Asia Hub, DBS Schenker Logistics Centre, One@Changi City, Thyssen Haniel Logistics Centre, U-Freight Logistics Centre, Yusen Logistics|
|F||Changi City Point
|Changi City Point|
|G||ESR BizPark @ Changi
|ESR BizPark @ Changi|
Expo station connects to several bus stops in the vicinity, as well as taxi stands and passenger pick-up points.
There are eight official bus stops linked to Expo station. Other bus stops are added here to better display nearby bus connections.
|No.||Bus stop||Exit||Bus Routes|
|B/s 1||96021 – Upp Changi Rd East (Opp Expo Halls 1/2/3)||A||12, 24, 38|
|B/s 2||96029 – Upp Changi Rd East (Expo Halls 1/2/3)||A||12, 24, 38|
|B/s 3||96229 – Xilin Ave (Singapore Expo)||A / B||35, 35M, 47, 118|
|B/s 4||96221 – Xilin Ave (Opp Singapore Expo)||A / B||35, 35M, 47, 118|
|B/s 5||96301 – Changi South Ave 1 (Expo Stn Exit B)||B||20, 118|
|B/s 6||96309 – Changi South Ave 1 (Expo Stn Exit E)||E||20, 118|
|B/s 7||96031 – Upp Changi Rd East (Opp Expo Halls 4/5/6)||A||12, 24, 38|
|B/s 8||96039 – Upp Changi Rd East (Expo Halls 4/5/6)||A||12, 24, 38|
|–||96311 – Changi South Ave 1 (Opp Yusen Logistics)||B||47, 118|
|–||96319 – Changi South Ave 1 (Yusen Logistics)||B||47, 118|
|–||96381 – Changi South Ave 2 (Changi City Pt)||A||20, 47|
|–||96389 – Changi South Ave 2 (Opp Changi City Pt)||A||20, 47|
Taxi stands and pick-up/drop-off points are located near station exits:
|A||Expo Drive (Singapore Expo Foyer 2)||Taxi stand (I02)|
|B||Changi South Avenue 1 (Northbound)||Pick-up/drop-off point|
|B / E||Changi South Avenue 1 (Changi City Point driveway)||Taxi stand, Pick-up/drop-off point|
Rail Bridging Services
In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting Expo station, rail bridging services (also called MRT breakdown shuttle buses) may be activated to ply affected stretches of the East West Line or Downtown Line. In which case, the buses can be boarded from the following bus stops:
|East West Line|
|EW4CG Tanah Merah||B/s 6: 96309 – Changi South Ave 1 (Expo Stn Exit E)||B / E|
|CG2 Changi Airport||B/s 5: 96301 – Changi South Ave 1 (Expo Stn Exit B)||B|
|DT1–BP6 Bukit Panjang||B/s 5: 96301 – Changi South Ave 1 (Expo Stn Exit B)||A|
In the event of a large-scale rail disruption affecting multiple stations, a special bridging bus service may be activated in addition to the usual bus bridging services.
- Outram Park – Tanah Merah – Expo – Changi Airport
In addition, passengers can board free regular bus services at Bus Stops 5, 6, 7 & 8 when activated.
Passenger Usage Patterns
Serving Singapore Expo and Changi Business Park, Expo station encounters moderate to high demand during the regular peak hours (from employees heading in/out of Changi Business Park). During peak periods where major exhibitions are held at Singapore Expo, demand can be exceedingly high, and trains may be added to boost the capacity of the Changi Airport Branch line.
With the construction of Singapore Expo, a branch line was conceived to link the it with East West Line at Tanah Merah that eventually extended to Changi Airport. Train services on the Changi Airport Branch line began on 10 January 2001 between Tanah Merah and Expo, as a shuttle service. For a short while, it used the station code E13 until it was renumbered EW28 when the MRT map was revamped later in 2001. It was changed again to CG1 in June 2003, replacing the EW28 code which is now used for Pioneer Station.
When Changi Airport station was opened on 8 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, train services were reverted to a shuttle service between Tanah Merah and Changi Airport since July 2003.
Downtown Line Stage 3 Extension
Expo Station will remain as the Eastern terminus of the Downtown Line until the Downtown Line Extension to Sungei Bedok opens, scheduled for Year 2024.
Thomson-East Coast Line Extension
Announced in the Land Transport Master Plan 2040 in May 2019, the present East West Line Changi Branch Line from Changi Airport to Tanah Merah will be converted to be part of the Thomson-East Coast Line Extension by around 2040.
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