|Languages||索美塞 | சாமர்செட்|
|Lines||North South Line|
|Opened||12 Dec 1987|
Somerset MRT Station (NS23) is an underground station along the North South Line (NSL). It is located within the planning subzone of the same name, and is built underneath Somerset Road, near the junction of Penang Road.
The station is named after Somerset Road, and along with nearby roads such as Exeter, Oxley, Killiney, Dublin, Devonshire, etc., were named after English cities and suburbs. Somerset station now serves the Orchard Road shopping belt, bringing rail connections to the retail and entertainment area, with many shopping centres, hotels, office buildings and upscale condominiums and private houses in the vicinity. Underground pedestrian walkways connect the Basement ticket concourse seamlessly to nearby developments.
First / Last Train Timings
|North South Line – NS23 Somerset
|Destination||First Train||Last Train|
|NS1 Jurong East||6:09am||6:09am||6:34am||11:58pm|
|NS28 Marina South Pier||5:51am||5:51am||6:16am||11:49pm|
|NS27 Marina Bay||–||–||–||11:52pm|
|L1||Street level||Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point|
|B1||Concourse||Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre|
|B2||Platform A||North South Line towards Jurong East|
|Platform B||North South Line towards Marina South Pier|
North South Line (B2):
|Platform B: North South Line towards Marina South Pier via Dhoby Ghaut (→)
Platform A: North South Line towards Jurong East via Orchard (←)
Somerset station has two underground North South Line 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 connect the platform level to the station 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 connecting platforms and the station exits.
The station has a ticket concourse located at Basement 1, with an unpaid corridor allowing pedestrians to use the station’s underground passages between exits without entering paid areas. Faregates are used 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 TransitLink Add Value 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.
Retail shops are located in the unpaid areas of the station at Basement 1. Toilets are located at street level, beside Exit A.
Somerset MRT station has two exits at street level (A and B) and an additional two underground exits branching out from the ticket concourse, linking to nearby developments. All exits offer barrier-free accessibility for the disabled, with Exits A and B having their own lift access. Pedestrians using the underground exits may access lifts to street level from other buildings.
|A||Yes||Somerset Road||Somerset Road, Comcentre, Devonshire Building, Indian High Commission, Killiney Rd Post Office, National Youth Centre, Orchard NPC, Skate Park, Tai Wah Building, TripleOne Somerset, Winsland House|
|B||Yes||Orchard Road||Orchard Road, 313 @ Somerset, Cineleisure Orchard, Concorde Hotel S’pore (formerly Le Meridien), Grand Park Orchard, Holiday Inn Orchard City Centre, Hotel Grand Central, Mandarin Orchard Singapore, OG Orchard Point, Orchard Central, Orchard Plaza, Pan Pacific Serviced Suites, Peranakan Place, The Centrepoint, The Hereen|
|C||Yes||Orchard Gateway||Underground access|
|D||Yes||Hotel Jen / Orchard Gateway||Underground access|
- Public toilets at concourse level (unpaid areas)
- Bicycle racks at station exits
- ATMs and Self-service Machines at concourse level (unpaid areas)
- 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
Somerset station connects to several bus stops in the vicinity, as well as taxi stands and passenger pick-up points.
There are three official bus stops linked to Somerset station.
|No.||Bus stop||Exit||Bus Routes|
|B/s 1||09037 – Orchard Rd (Opp Mandarin Orchard)||B||36, 77, 124, 128, 143, 162, 162M, 167, 167e, 171, 174, 174e, 190, 518, 518A, 700, 700A, 971E, 972, NR6, NR7|
|B/s 2||09038 – Orchard Rd (Opp Somerset Stn)||B||1N, 2N, 3N, 4N, 5N, 6N, 7, 7B, 14, 14e, 16, 65, 106, 111, 123, 175, 502, 502A, NR6, NR7|
|B/s 3||08121 – Somerset Rd (Somerset Stn)||A||7, 7A, 14, 14e, 16, 36, 65, 77, 106, 111, 123, 124, 128, 143, 162, 162M, 167, 167e, 171, 174, 174e, 175, 190, 700, 700A, 971E, 972, NR1, NR2, NR3, NR5, NR8|
Taxi stands and pick-up/drop-off points are located at the driveways of adjacent developments. This list is not exhaustive owing to many adjacent developments with their own driveways.
|B||Orchard Gateway driveway (Somerset Rd)||Taxi stand, Pick-up/drop-off point|
|B||Orchard Central driveway (Killiney Rd)||Taxi stand|
Rail Bridging Services
In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting Somerset station, rail bridging services (also called MRT breakdown shuttle buses) may be activated to ply affected stretches of the North South Line. In which case, the buses can be boarded from the following bus stops:
|North South Line|
|Jurong East||B/s 3: 08121 – Somerset Rd (Somerset Stn)||A|
|Marina South Pier||B/s 2: 09038 – Orchard Rd (Opp Somerset Stn)||B|
In addition, passengers can board regular bus services officially linked to Somerset station depending on the situation on the ground.
Passenger Usage Patterns
Located within the Orchard area in Central Singapore, Somerset station serves a large number of developments in the vicinity such as shopping centres, office buildings, and condominiums. It encounters moderate to high demand throughout the day, mostly from shoppers and tourists visiting the area.
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