|Line Served||Downtown Line|
Hume MRT Station (DT4) is a future underground station along the Downtown Line (DTL) Stage 2 between Hillview and Beauty World stations. It will be built underneath Upper Bukit Timah Road, near the junction of Hume Avenue. The station is located in the vicinity of Memories at Old Ford Factory, and residential areas comprising private homes and condominiums.
Initially built as a shell station, the station will be fully built and outfitted by 2025 as announced during the Committee of Supply Debate 2019. However, the opening date might be brought forward, pending a revised construction schedule.
First / Last Train Timings
|Downtown Line – (DT4) Hume
|Destination||First Train||Last Train|
|Weekdays & Sat||Sun & Public Holidays||Daily|
|DT1 Bukit Panjang||—||—||—|
|DT37 Sungei Bedok||—||—||—|
|Downtown Line towards DT1–BP6 Bukit Panjang via DT3 Hillview (→)
[Unopened shell station – All trains currently bypass this station]
Downtown Line towards DT37TE31 Sungei Bedok (U/C) via DT5 Beauty World (←)
Hume station has two platforms in an island platform arrangement built as part of the shell station.
Hume MRT Station was initially constructed as a shell station as part of Contract 915, titled Design & Construction of Tunnels Between Stations at Beauty World and Hillview for Downtown Line Stage 2, which was awarded to Korean builder SKEC (Singapore Branch) on 1 June 2009. This would comprise 2.3 km of twin-bored tunnels, and a 30-metre by 164-metre cut and cover structure that would later become Hume station.
As a shell station, only structural works were completed, in the form of a station box. Full interior outfitting works and additional alteration work, planned for a later date, would be required to bring the station up to operational status.
Although construction was completed in time for the opening of the Downtown Line Stage 2 in December 2015, additional surface construction work would persist around the Hume area until mid-2017. In an April 2017 article in The Straits Times, the article quotes anonymous industry sources, who said that that the original contractor SKEC was ‘asked by the Land Transport Authority some time in 2014 to build the station’. SKEC did not contribute statements in response to the article, and the LTA denied that it was building Hume station, merely stating that it was building a station box, and existing developments in the area were not sufficient to justify the opening of the station.
Although the full scope of the addition and alterations is not known; the Downtown Line Construction Blog speculated during the construction phase that the additional alteration work was for the construction of integrated ventilation shafts and station exits. However, these surface structures were never built, and the site was fully backfilled in mid-2017.
Despite the presence of nearby residential developments and the repeated pleas of local Member of Parliament Low Yen Ling to have Hume station opened, the Government has insisted that developments there did not warrant a station, and that residents could take a bus to the next nearest station. However, in tandem with the redevelopment of the Rail corridor and the former Bukit Timah Fire Station as recreational nodes, it was announced in 2019 that ridership would then be sufficient to justify opening Hume Station. An opening date of 2025 was indicated by the Government.
Also in 2019, Contract 915A for the full outfitting of Hume station was published. Titled Additions and Alterations including Construction of Entrance, Ventilation Shaft and Fitting-out Works for Hume Station, it was then expected that this contract would involve the necessary work to bring Hume station to full operational status by 2025. Construction work was then slated to begin in 4th Quarter 2020.
In January 2021, Contract 915A was awarded to JSM Construction Group Pte Ltd. at a contract value of $34,338,000. The station is now expected to be ready by 2025.
External Links & References
- BUSINESS > Business Performance (skec.com) [Accessed 14 Jan 2021]
- New Downtown Line station takes shape – Straits Times [Accessed 1 Jul 2020]
- Hume MRT station expected to be open by 2025 – Straits Times [Accessed 1 Jul 2020]
- Work on Hume station set to start in Q4 – Straits Times [Accessed 1 Jul 2020]
- LTA Awards Civil Contract for Hume Station on Downtown Line – Land Transport Authority [Accessed 14 Jan 2021]