|Languages||梧槽 | ரோச்சோர்|
|Opened||27 Dec 2015|
Rochor MRT Station (DT13) is an underground station along the Downtown Line (DTL) Stage 2, located at the boundaries of the Little India and Bencoolen planning subzones. It is built underneath Sungei Road and Rochor Canal Road, serving parts of the vibrant Bugis, Rochor and Little India district.
The station is located in the vicinity of shopping centres, office and retail mixed-use developments, preserved shophouses and LASALLE College of the Arts. Construction of the station involved significant engineering challenges to divert the Rochor Canal and building the station underneath the future North-South Expressway and Rochor Canal.
First / Last Train Timings
|Downtown Line – DT13 Rochor
|Destination||First Train||Last Train|
|DT1 Bukit Panjang||6.05am||6.33am||12.24am|
|L1||Street level||Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point|
|B2||Concourse||Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre|
|B3||Platform B||Downtown Line towards DT35CG1 Expo|
|Platform A||Downtown Line towards Bukit Panjang|
|Platform B: Downtown Line towards DT35CG1 Expo via Bugis (→)
Platform A: Downtown Line towards Bukit Panjang via Little India (←)
Rochor 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 station exits.
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.
A public toilet is located in the unpaid area of the DTL concourse, opposite the passenger service centre.
Art in Transit: “Tracing Memories” by LASALLE College of the Arts
These local vintage objects, acquired from The Thieves’ Market, are featured deliberately in Tracing Memories to convey the impression of a motherboard. Executed in three styles of image making, from simple pencil drawing to monoprint and modern digital drawing, the artwork attempts to examine the binary reflections of what Singapore’s youths share, while living in a contemporary city: a fascination with technological advancement through the latest gadgets and gear, as well as sentimentality for history, tradition and memorabilia.
Rochor MRT station has two exits leading to ground level (A and B). Exit A is the main exit with an lift and escalator network; Exit B is simply a pair of lifts leading to street level. A notice at both ends of Exit B’s staircase advises commuters to take the lifts instead of the stairs.
|A||Yes||Rochor Canal Road||Albert Centre, Albert Complex, Burlington Square, Fu Lu Shou Complex, Hotel G, Ibis Singapore on Bencoolen, LASALLE College of The Arts, Sim Lim Square, The Bencoolen|
|B||Yes||Sungei Road||Masjid Abdul Gafoor, Rochor Centre, Sim Lim Tower, Singapore After-Care Association, The Verge (U/C)|
- Public toilets at DTL concourse
- 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
Rochor station connects to two bus stops in the vicinity, as well as a taxi stand and passenger pick-up point.
There are two official bus stops linked to Rochor station.
|No.||Bus stop||Exit||Bus Routes|
|B/s 1||07531 – Rochor Canal Rd (Rochor Stn)||A||23, 48, 57, 66, 67, 170, 170A, 851, 851e, 960, 960e, 980|
|B/s 2||07539 – Sungei Rd (Opp Rochor Stn)||B||2N, 4N, 48, 56, 57, 131, 166, 170, 851, 851e, 960, 960e, 980|
Taxi stands and pick-up/drop-off points are located next to Downtown Line station exits:
|A||Prinsep Street||Pick-up/drop-off point|
|B||Perak Road||Pick-up/drop-off point|
Rail Bridging Services
In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting Rochor 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: 07531 – Rochor Canal Rd (Rochor Stn)||A|
|DT35CG1 Expo||B/s 2: 07539 – Sungei Rd (Opp Rochor Stn)||B|
In addition, passengers can board regular bus services at bus stops officially linked to Rochor station for free rides.
Passenger Usage Patterns
As a Central area station serving both commercial and civic districts, Rochor station encounters moderate demand levels from developments in the vicinity but does not encounter heavy demand owing to close proximity to Bugis and Little India interchange stations, which are the main stations serving the Bugis and Little India districts respectively.
Downtown Line Stage 2 (DTL2) Contract 921 for the Design and Construction of Rochor and Little India stations and associated tunnels was awarded to South Korean company SsangYong Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. for approximately S$803.3 million in Jun 2009.
The construction of Rochor and Little India MRT stations presented the greatest engineering challenge of the entire Downtown Line. Construction involved over 30 stages of traffic and canal diversions, including the creation of temporary roads facilitate construction works and minimise traffic disruptions in Rochor. At $803 million, the contract to build these stations was one of the highest ever given out.
The Rochor Canal, formerly visible at ground level between Sungei Road and Rochor Canal Road, was diverted to flow underground. and expanded to increase its capacity. A 180-metre long, 40-metre wide and 8-metre high tunnel box was also built as part of advance works for the North-South Expressway, and underneath that, the concourse and platforms of Rochor station. All this had to be built in marine clay, at times having the consistency of peanut butter, and as such, infrastructure had to be stabilized firmly into the ground.
A Straits Times graphic is attached here.
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