Changi Airport MRT Station
Changi Airport MRT Station (CG2) is the underground Mass Rapid Transit terminal station on the East West Line's Changi Airport Branch Line in Changi, Singapore. The station is located within Singapore Changi Airport, hence its name.
Changi Airport station platform level.
|Location||70 Airport Boulevard
|Operated by||SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)|
|Platform levels||3 (excluding street level)|
|Parking||Yes (Changi Airport)|
|Bicycle facilities||Yes (Changi Airport)|
|Opened||27 February 2002|
The station was opened on 25 February 2002, while the ceremony held on 27 February 2002 by the then Minister for Transport, Mr Yeo Cheow Tong as one of the terminal Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) stations for the East West Line's Changi Airport Branch Line, and located in between Singapore Changi Airport's Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. The section of underground track between this station and Expo station is currently the longest underground track between any two MRT stations in Singapore.
Before the MRT line, Changi Airport had been operating with no rail link and with full reliance on taxi and bus connections ever since the airport began operations in 1981. This has proven effective given the short 20 kilometre distance to the city via the East Coast Parkway and affordability of taxis and buses. Public buses instead link commuters to nearby MRT stations at Bedok, Tampines and Pasir Ris. Therefore, there were previously unsuccessful attempts to propose an extension to Changi Airport.
The idea of extending the Mass Rapid Transit system to Changi Airport was reconsidered when Terminal 3 was being built. The earlier plans had long been made for a new line branching off from the existing East West Line at Tanah Merah, with some conceptual plans showing a tentative route alignment up to the airport along Airport Boulevard, continuing beyond the airport to Changi Point, before turning southwest back towards the city along the east coast of the island. When the extension to the airport was finally announced, however, the route alignment showed a deviation from previous plans. The final plan involved building only the first two stations, namely Expo, and the Changi Airport station, the underground station built between Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. The alignment of the station at the airport has been switched perpendicularly to an east–west direction, such that the station leads to two of the terminals directly from either end of the station.
Since the station's opening, passenger traffic has been moderate, as most bus routes were maintained and continue to be a popular means of cheap, direct transport for local airport/airline employees, as well as travellers not living along the East West Line. Many air travellers also prefer to continue taking taxis or private transport as all the MRT services does not have luggage racks. Peak hours in Changi Airport Line are defined according to the flight schedules. Thus primary users of the station are usually confined to airport/airline employees, leisure visitors, well-wishers, and budget air travellers, in particular backpackers. This station receives a huge load of traffic during weekends due to the transfer point for commuters from Expo to the bus terminal. The atria wall collapsed on 23 July 2002.
The Tanah Merah-Expo route was initially operated as a shuttle service; through services from Boon Lay commenced after the opening of this station. However, due to low ridership, the route reverted to being operated as a shuttle service from 22 July 2003. On September 24 in the same year, a man died at the station, apparently having fallen five storeys from the departure hall.
The initial numbering of the station was EW29, but was changed on 20 June 2003 to CG2. The original code is now used for the Joo Koon station.
Proposal of line extensionEdit
Plans were announced for a fifth terminal at the airport in the mid-2010s. Accordingly, the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) might be extended from its current terminus at Sungei Bedok MRT Station to serve this new terminal, in addition to becoming an interchange with this station, in the future.
- This is one of the four MRT stations that have fare gates on the same level as the platform. The three other MRT stations which have this feature are Expo (lift concourse), Bishan (Exit E at south-bound train platform), and Stevens (both platforms on the Downtown Line).
- The station is the easternmost station on the MRT network and has the widest platforms in any underground MRT station in Singapore of which it is 26.5 meters wide. It is rated 10 out of 15 most beautiful subway stops in the world in 2011.
- This station has a list of every hotel in Singapore as well as the closest MRT station to these places. This is because Changi Airport MRT Station staff often receive queries on hotel locations.
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