King Albert Park
கிங் ஆல்பர்ட் பார்க்
|Opened||27 Dec 2015|
King Albert Park MRT Station (DT6) is an underground station along the Downtown Line (DTL) Stage 2, located at the boundaries of the Swiss Club and Holland Road planning subzones. It is built underneath Bukit Timah Road, at the junction of Blackmore Drive, and serves part of the Bukit Timah corridor.
The station is located in the vicinity of upscale low-rise private homes and condominiums, as well as commercial buildings, and Methodist Girls’ School. It bears the name King Albert Park after the nearby upper-class residential area with the same name.
First / Last Train Timings
|Downtown Line – DT6 King Albert Park
|Destination||First Train||Last Train|
|DT1 Bukit Panjang||6.06am||6.27am||12.38am|
|L2||Overhead Bridge||Over Dunearn Road, Bukit Timah Road|
|L1||Street level||Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point|
|B1||Concourse||Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre|
|B2||Platform B||Downtown Line towards DT35CG1 Expo|
|Platform A||Downtown Line towards Bukit Panjang|
|Platform B: Downtown Line towards DT35CG1 Expo via Sixth Avenue (→)
Platform A: Downtown Line towards Bukit Panjang via Beauty World (←)
King Albert Park station has two platforms in an island platform arrangement, with both platforms utilized for trains travelling in either direction. Full-height Platform screen doors isolate the air-conditioned station from the tunnel environment, enhancing commuter safety and station comfort. With the concourse level wrapping around the platform, the ceiling is two floors high at platform level, conveying a spacious feel. A set of escalators, stairs and lifts connect to the concourse above.
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 exits of the station.
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 or perform card transactions using cash payment.
Lifts and escalators connect the concourse to street level and the overhead bridge. A public toilet is located in the unpaid area of the concourse, near the Passenger Service Centre.
Art in Transit: “The Natural History of Singapore’s Mythical Botanic Creatures” by the Artists Caravan
The art pieces are a whimsical narrative illustrating the juxtaposition between natural and built habitats in our environment. Strategically positioned in nooks and corners of the station, the mythical biological collection instigates curious cues to activate dialogue of our oscillating environment.
Civil Defence shelter
King Albert Park station is one of six stations along the Downtown Line 2 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.
King Albert Park MRT station has a two exits at ground level (A and B), each at either side of Bukit Timah Road / Dunearn Road. While Exit A is the surface level entrance to the underground station along Bukit Timah Road, Exit B along Dunearn Road is connected to it via an overhead bridge. Both ends of the overhead bridge are equipped with escalators, and lifts provide barrier-free accessibility for the disabled.
|A||Yes||Bukit Timah Road||Bukit Timah Railway Station, Bukit Timah Railway Bridge, Floridian, Covenant Community Methodist Church, KAP Residences, King Albert Park, King Albert Lodge, Maple Woods, Methodist Girls’ School, The Nexus, The Sterling,|
|B||Yes||Dunearn Road||Jardin, Mayfair Gardens, The Blossomvale, Sime Darby Centre, Yarwood Avenue|
- Public toilets at DTL concourse
- Civil Defence shelter
- 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
King Albert Park station connects to two bus stops in the vicinity, as well as taxi stands and passenger pick-up points.
There are two official bus stops linked to King Albert Park station.
|No.||Bus stop||Exit||Bus Routes|
|B/s 1||42051 – Bt Timah Rd (King Albert Park Stn)||A||66, 67, 74, 77, 151, 154, 157, 170/A, 171, 174, 852, 961/#, 970|
|B/s 2||42059 – Dunearn Rd (Opp King Albert Pk Stn)||B||66, 67, 74, 77, 151, 154, 157, 170, 171, 174, 852, 961/#, 970|
Taxi stands and pick-up/drop-off points are located next to the following station exits:
|A||Bukit Timah Road (Westbound)||Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point|
|B||Dunearn Rd (Eastbound)||Pick-up/drop-off point|
Rail Bridging Services
In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting King Albert Park station, rail bridging services (also called MRT breakdown shuttle buses) may be activated to ply affected stretches of the Downtown Line. In which case, the buses can be boarded from the following bus stops:
|Bukit Panjang||B/s 1: 42051 – Bt Timah Rd (King Albert Park Stn)||A|
|DT35CG1 Expo||B/s 2: 42059 – Dunearn Rd (Opp King Albert Pk Stn)||B|
In addition, passengers can board regular bus services at bus stops officially linked to King Albert Park station for free rides.
Passenger Usage Patterns
As a station along the Bukit Timah belt serving both low-density residential homes and few commercial developments, King Albert Park station encounters low to moderate demand levels from residents.
Downtown Line Stage 2 (DTL2) Contract 917 for the Design and Construction of King Albert Park and Sixth Avenue stations and tunnels was awarded to Alpine Bau GmbH (Singapore Branch), an engineering contractor from Austria, for approximately S$320.7 million in Sep 2009. However, the company filed for insolvency on 19 June 2013, halting progress on Contracts 917 and 918, both of which were awarded to Alpine Bau.
In Aug 2013, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) appointed McConnell Dowell South East Asia Pte Ltd to complete construction works for Sixth Avenue and King Albert Park stations and associated tunnels. Referred to as “Contract 917A“, it was awarded for approximately S$254 million. Originally expected to be delayed till mid-2016, expedited construction work brought the opening of the Downtown Line 2 back on schedule to December 2015.
In May 2015, the LTA filed some S$500 million in claims against bankrupt contractor Alpine Bau for the incompletion of the two MRT projects, but was unlikely to recoup anywhere near the full amount.
The working name for King Albert Park station was Blackmore Station.
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