Kallang MRT station

Kallang MRT station is an above-ground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station on the East West line in Kallang, Singapore. Located next to the Kallang River and along Sims Avenue at the junction of Lorong 1 Geylang, this used to be the nearest MRT station to the National Stadium until Stadium MRT station on the Circle line opened on 17 April 2010. Today, a sheltered walkway links Kallang station with the new Singapore Sports Hub.

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Kallang
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காலாங்
Kallang
Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station
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Exit A of Kallang MRT station.
Location5 Sims Avenue
Singapore 387405
Coordinates1°18′41.29″N 103°52′17.04″E / 1.3114694°N 103.8714000°E / 1.3114694; 103.8714000Coordinates: 1°18′41.29″N 103°52′17.04″E / 1.3114694°N 103.8714000°E / 1.3114694; 103.8714000
Operated bySMRT Trains Ltd (SMRT Corporation)
Line(s)
Platforms2 (1 island platform)
Tracks2
ConnectionsLorong 1 Geylang Bus Terminal, Taxi
Construction
Structure typeElevated
Platform levels1
ParkingYes (external)
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
History
Opened4 November 1989; 32 years ago (1989-11-04)
ElectrifiedYes
Previous namesGeylang
Services
Preceding station   Mass Rapid Transit   Following station
towards Pasir Ris
East West Line
towards Joo Koon or Tuas Link
Location
Singapore MRT/LRT system map
Singapore MRT/LRT system map
Kallang
Kallang station in Singapore

Kallang station is the last above-ground station on the eastern section of the East West line for trains travelling westwards. The Lorong 1 Geylang bus terminal is located across the station.

HistoryEdit

 
Platform A

On 8 November 1985, Lee Kim Tah was awarded the MRT civil contract for Kallang, Aljunied and Paya Lebar stations under Contract 302 and 303, including the viaducts from Kallang portal to Paya Lebar MRT station.[1]

On 28 December 2005, a 32-year-old Indian man died within minutes after he fell onto the tracks and was subsequently hit by an oncoming west-bound train. The incident occurred at about 3 pm and disrupted train services heading towards Boon Lay for 50 minutes. 4000 passengers had their trips disrupted. The man is believed to have jumped to his death.[2]

On 14 October 2011, some 6,500 commuters were affected by a train delay along the East West line on Friday evening. An SMRT spokesperson said a westbound train at Kallang encountered a train fault and had to be taken out of service at 5.50 pm. Westbound train service between Kallang and Bugis were disrupted for 20 minutes. Trains were turned around at Bugis and Eunos.[3]

As with most of the above-ground stations along the East West line, it was built without platform screen doors. Installation of half-height platform screen doors, to prevent commuters from falling onto the train tracks, was started on 19 December 2010 and started operation on 25 February 2011 with Kembangan.[4] This station is fitted with high-volume low-speed fans, which have been operating since 28 July 2012.[5]

On 25 February 2021, a 31 year old man died after intruding into the track and was hit by the oncoming east-bound train at around 9pm. The incident took place near a train tunnel 150 metres away from the station and disrupting train services between Bugis and Aljunied from 9pm until end of the service.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lee Kim Tah awarded the MRT contract
  2. ^ "Train services hit after man's death". TODAY Newspaper. 29 December 2005.
  3. ^ "MRT Breakdown Affects 6500 Commuters". Channel NewsAsia. 14 October 2011.
  4. ^ Wong, Siew Ying (26 January 2008). "Above-ground MRT stations to have platform screen doors by 2012". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Enhancing Connectivity and Comfort for Commuters". Land Transport Authority. 13 October 2011. Archived from the original on 25 December 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Man dies after being run over by train near Kallang MRT station". Channel NewsAsia. 25 February 2021. Retrieved 25 February 2021.

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