Haw Par Villa
|Languages||虎豹别墅 | ஹா பர் வில்லா|
|Opened||8 Oct 2011|
Haw Par Villa MRT Station (CC25) is an underground station along the Circle Line (CCL) Stage 5, located at the boundaries of the Pasir Panjang 1 and Port planning subzones. It is built underneath West Coast Highway and Pasir Panjang Road, and located next to Haw Par Villa (or Tiger Balm Gardens), the oriental-style theme park which the station is named after.
Haw Par Villa was originally built in 1937, then privately owned. Known for its statues depicting scenes from Chinese folklore, the garden grounds were acquired by the government in the late 1980s and subsequently leased out to various private companies for development and management as a commercial theme park, and subsequently a public park and remains as the prominent attraction in the vicinity.
Apart from the Haw Par Villa park, Haw Par Villa station serves private homes, condominiums and industrial buildings near the Pasir Panjang Port.
First / Last Train Timings
|Circle Line – CC25 Haw Par Villa
|Destination||First Train||Last Train|
|CC1 Dhoby Ghaut||5:32am||5:53am||11:12pm|
|CC26 Pasir Panjang||–||–||12:10am|
|L1||Street level||Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point|
|B1||Concourse||Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Passenger Service Centre|
|B2||Platform A||Circle Line towards HarbourFront|
|Platform B||Circle Line towards Dhoby Ghaut|
Circle Line (B2):
|Platform A: Circle Line towards HarbourFront via Pasir Panjang (→)
Platform B: Circle Line towards Dhoby Ghaut via Kent Ridge (←)
Haw Par Villa 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. A set of escalators, stairs and a lift connects the platform level to the concourse level one floor above. The concourse wraps around the platform, creating a large interior space which gives the station a spacious feel.
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.
The station concourse at Basement 1 feature 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 or perform card transactions using cash payment.
Toilets are located at concourse level, near the Passenger Service Centre. There are no retail shops within this station.
Art in Transit: “Eroclamation” by Tan Wee Li
Much of the west side of Singapore is reclaimed land. As Singapore continues to undergo development and construction, traces of our history have been gradually replaced and consigned to memory. Consisting of various iconic landmarks of the West, the work presents these distinct features in the tradition of a paper-cut that aims to re-capture the tranquility of a past longed for. The omnipresent construction machinery juxtaposed against the serenity of the composition represents their naturalized integration into our everyday environment and the integral role they play in social progress and urban development.
Civil Defence shelter
Haw Par Villa CCL station is one of eleven stations along the Circle Line 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.
Haw Par Villa MRT station has just one exit leading to ground level (A).
|A||Yes||Pasir Panjang Road||Haw Par Villa (Tiger Balm Garden), Science Park 2, PSA Vista, West Coast Car Mart, Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre, Pasir Panjang Terminal Building, West Coast Park, Westway|
- Public toilets at concourse level
- Bicycle racks at station exits
- 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
Haw Par Villa station connects to several bus stops in the vicinity, as well as a taxi stand and passenger pick-up point.
There are four official bus stops linked to Haw Par Villa station.
|No.||Bus stop||Exit||Bus Routes|
|B/s 1||16019 – Pasir Panjang Rd (Haw Par Villa Stn)||A||10, 30, 30e, 51, 143, 188, 200|
|B/s 2||16011 – Pasir Panjang Rd (Opp Haw Par Villa Stn)||A||10, 30, 30e, 51, 143, 188, 200|
|B/s 3||16221 – West Coast Highway (Opp Haw Par Villa Stn)||A||175, 176|
|B/s 4||16229 – West Coast Highway (Haw Par Villa Stn)||A||175, 176|
Taxi stands and pick-up/drop-off points are located next to Circle Line station exits:
|A||Pasir Panjang Road (Eastbound)||Taxi stand, Pick-up/drop-off point|
Rail Bridging Services
In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting Haw Par Villa station, rail bridging services (also called MRT breakdown shuttle buses) may be activated to ply affected stretches of the Circle Line. In which case, the buses can be boarded from the following bus stops:
|Dhoby Ghaut||B/s 4: 16229 – West Coast Highway (Haw Par Villa Stn)||A|
|HarbourFront||B/s 3: 16221 – West Coast Highway (Opp Haw Par Villa Stn)||A|
In addition, passengers can board regular bus services at bus stops officially linked to Haw Par Villa station for free rides.
Passenger Usage Patterns
Serving a theme park with limited patronage, along with residential areas and few industrial developments, Haw Par Villa station encounters low to moderate passenger demand throughout most of the day. The station is also popular with passengers commuting to and from West Coast, Pasir Panjang, NUS Buisness School and Singapore Science Park II as they transfer between the rail network to other bus services to their destinations.
Circle Line Stage 5 (CCL5) Contract C856 for the construction of West Coast, Pasir Panjang, Alexandra, Telok Blangah and HarbourFront stations and associated tunnels was awarded to local company Sembawang Engineers & Constructors Pte Ltd. The working name for Haw Par Villa station was West Coast Station.
Originally earmarked as a future station, only structural provisions would have been provided as the area around it was not fully developed. The station eventually opened along with all other stations along the Circle Line Stage 5.