Singapore MRT

Singapore MRT – History

Twenty years ago, the idea of a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system to serve the transportation needs of modern Singapore was first suggested. Financially, it was beyond our means then. WE were a newly independent nation. Our coffers were empty. But the advantages of a Singapore MRT system were overwhelming. We proceeded cautiously. Detailed studies on feasibility and viability were conducted. The public participated actively in discussions and debates, weighing the desirability and cost of an Singapore MRT map system against its alternatives.

Singapore MRT train

In the 1970’s, Singapore made rapid economic progress and prospered. This helped tilt the balance in favour of the Singapore MRT. So in May 1982 the Government decided to proceed with the construction of the Singapore MRT – the largest single project in the history of Singapore. We were ambitious. We set out to build the entire system in two phases, within a decade. Our deadline was 1992. By early 1984, the worldwide economic slowdown had affected the international construction industry. We decided to bring forward our already tight schedule to take advantage of the very competitive tender prices. International consortia of contractors made intense bids for contracts. By December 1984, we were able to announce a new target for full completion of the second phase – 1990 – two years ahead of original schedule. The Mass Rapid Transit Corporation rose to the challenge. Singaporeans also rallied to the call for sacrifice. They gave their full cooperation, in spite of the inconvenience, disruption, and in extreme cases, resettlement, caused by construction work. So work proceeded smoothly with the minimum wastage of time, energy and resources. As a result the first section of the Singapore MRT system, from Yio Chu Kang to Toa Payoh, was opened for public service on November 7, 1987, six months ahead of original schedule. Fares were considered very affordable by all. The response from the public was overwhelming. They packed the trains day after day. With the official opening of the system by the Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, on March 12, 1988, Singaporeans are now served by the main trunk of the Singapore MRT system from Yio Chu Kang via the city centre to Clementi. The MRT system will be best remembered as a monumental project where every Singaporean made a contribution directly or indirectly. Properly operated, the system will be a ready reminder of our progress towards achieving a City of Excellence and a Society of Distinction of Singapore by 1999.

Here is some history about Singapore MRT  stations: 

Singapore had started to develop to build Singapore MRT stations and high rise office buildings in the 1980s through fund raising by government approval and experienced landscape developer and artichitural structure design of the proposed Singapore MRT stations from Indonesia and started to become more advanced country in the late twenty-first centuries. Singapore had started to extend the MRT stations in the late 1990s from the stretch of Yishun until Choa Chu Kang because these area districts had just completed building the Housing Developement Board (HDB) public housing, condominiums and private housing of the developement on the stretch of the northern to the western part of Singapore. There were many coomunters taking the Singapore MRT trains to work, leisure and schools because of the increasing population of people residing in Singapore especially the foreigners who wants to enjoy and experience the Singapore Central Business District (CBD) and central part to keep everyone one united, nation and racial harmony country.

The first section of the Singapore MRT stations which is the red colour MRT line for North-South Line operates from Yio Chu Kang to Toa Payoh on 7 November 1987 being held at Toa Payoh Singapore MRT Station by the guest-of-honour named Mr Ong Teng Cheong who is the minister for transport  and passed away at the age of sixty-six in 2002 during his sleep in Johor Barhu, Malaysia from lymphoma in his home at about 8.14pm after a few days discharge from hospital and even coincided with the opening of the Changi Airport MRT Station and was the fifth president of Singapore for six years from 1 September 1993 to 31 August 1999 and stretch from Toa Payoh to Raffles Place on 12 December 1987 and is the green colour MRT line for East-West Line oprates on thew first stretch of the central part of Singapore from City Hall to Outram Park on 12 December 1987 and the mrt stations stretch to the other part of Singapore from 1988 onwards through different stages of the Singapore developed MRT stations. Singapore opened the first fully automated underground MRT line which is the purple colour line for North-East Line consisting a total of sixteen MRT stations except for both Woodleigh and Buangkok on 20 June 2003 operated by SBS Transit collabrated together with the SBS Transit Bus and LRT trains being introduced in 2002. Buangkok has officially opened on 15 January 2006 because people who stays in Hougang near to Buangkok MRT stations has been complainnig of travelling too long by direct public transport to reach Hougang MRT stations and the completion of the developement area district in Buangkok. There were lots of commuters requested to take the train at Woodleigh by conducting survey to all people and interviews among the media and Land Transport Authority (LTA) that results in opening the Woodleigh MRT station on 20 June 2011 which is eight years later from the commencement of the North-East Line which is heavily transported commuters developed in the North-East part of Singapore.

As for the historical story of the East-West Line, the stretch started from the central part was extended to the western part of Singapore opens on 12 March 1988 from Outram Park to Clementi MRT Stations and towards the end western part of Singapore from Clementi to Lakeside on 5 November 1988. The stretch from the central part was extended to the eastern part of Singapore opens at a later on 4 November 1989 from City Hall to Tanah Merah MRT Stations and towards the end eastern part of Singapore from Tanah Merah to Pasir Ris on 16 December 1989 and finally one more Singapore MRT station being extended from Lakeside to Boon Lay on 6 July 1990 towards the end western part of Singapore as Boon Lay area district had just developed with public housing and currently the shopping malls connected together with Boon Lay Bus Interchange which is the third air-conditioned bus interchange and The Centrais Condominium above the shopping mall. There is an additional of Singapore MRT station named Dover which is located to Singapore Polytechnic opens on 18 October 2001 with the first oldest historical polytechnic diploma school in Singapore operated since 1954. The Singapore government collabrated together with both the Land Transport Authority and Transport Ministry had decided to construct the Changi Airport MRT Extension Line being stretched on the eastern part of Singapore towards near to the Singapore Changi International Airport which are Expo opens first on 10 January 2001 from Tanah Merah and Changi Airport opens on 8 February 2002 with 4.3km fully underground from Expo. There is an extension towards the end western part of Singapore serving Pioneer and Joo Koon on the Boon Lay MRT Extension Route since 28 February 2009 and the stretch from Joo Koon to Tuas Link on the Tuas West MRT Extension Route will be operational in 2016 with a total distance of 7.5km with four above ground Singapore MRT stations and a depot.

The historical story of the North-South Line, the stretch started from the northern part of Singapore extension from Yio Chu Kang to Yishun opens on 20 December 1988, five days before Christmas and the end central part of Singapore extension from Raffles Place to Marina Bay opens on 4 November 1989 and the western part of Singapore from Jurong East to Choa Chu Kang opens on 10 March 1990. On the second phase of the MRT red line, the Singapore Government collabrated with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Transport Ministry had decided to build the stretch extension from Yishun until Choa Chu Kang because of the developed area district filled with public housing in Singapore with the opening operational on 10 February 1996. There is an additional track platform at Jurong East MRT Station operational since 27 May 2011 to ease the commuters to take the trains during peak hour periods in both the mornings and evenings. The Singapore Government also proposed two additional Singapore MRT stations which were Canberra with the station code NS12 for future residents housing to take the train from this station and Sungei Kadut with the station code NS6 being reserved for future use and public housing in Singapore.

Circle Line started its construction stages one and two in the late 2001 and early 2002 from Dhoby Ghuat to Tai Seng and only started operational on 17 April 2010 due to the Nicoll Highway collaspe being held on 20 April 2004 causing four construction workers to lost their lives with three dead bodies and one unfound body named Mr Heng Tow Piow who lives with his mother, wife, children and seven siblings whom they called him “Ah Piow”. The boss of the construction worker company will visit him every year during the Qing Ming Festival period. Due to the cause of the Nicoll Highway Collaspe incident that causede the Circle Line MRT Stage One and Two delayed for another three more years. Circle Line Stage Three starts its construction in 2002 and runs from Bartley to Marymount opens on 28 May 2009 while Circle Line Stage Four runs from Caldecott until Kent Ridge and finally Circle Line Stage Five runs from Haw Par Villa to HarbourFront opens both stages on 8 October 2011. Please note that Circle Line Stage Four and Five started its construction in late 2005 and early 2006 and Circle Line Extension started its construction in late 2006 and opened on 14 January 2012 from Promonade, Bayfront and Marina Bay.

Singapore MRT future plans… 

Downtown Line started its construction of the first stage runs from Bugis to Chinatown in early February 2008 and opened only on 22 December 2013 which was three days before Christmas. Downtown Line started its construction of the second stage runs from Bukit Panjang to Rochor in 2009 and opened only in 2016. Downtown Line started its construction of the third stage runs from Fort Canning to Expo in late 2011 and opened only in 2017. Thomson Line started its construction of the first stage runs from Woodlands North to Woodlands South since March and early April this year and opened only in 2019. Thomson Line started its construction of the second stage runs from Springleaf to Caldecott in late this year and opened only in 2020. Thomson Line started its construction of the third stage runs from Mount Pleasant to Gardens by the Bay hopefully by next year and opened only in 2021.