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City Hall MRT Station is an underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station in Singapore, that is part of the North South Line and the East West Line in Singapore, and serves as an interchange station between the two lines.

It is located in the Civic District in the Downtown Core, which is within the Central Area, the central business district of Singapore. It is situated underground, beneath the junction of Stamford Road and North Bridge Road, and is thus east of the Singapore River. The commercial district of Raffles Place and the respective Raffles Place station is located across the River. City Hall station is one of the more prominent and busier stations within Singapore's transport system, especially being an interchange station located within the Central Area. The national monument of City Hall is within walking distance from the station.

Additionally, it is one of the four MRT stations to appear in the "Uniquely Singapore Edition" of the board game Monopoly. It was also mentioned in the 2009 film Whiteout.

HistoryEdit

Prior to the building of the station, it was called St Andrew's. It was renamed to City Hall for historical significance reasons in 1984. On 4 May 1984, the contractor Nishimatsu-Lum Chang Joint Venture awarded the construction of the station where it began on June 1984 together with the tunnels to Bugis MRT station, under Contract 107.

On June 5, 2008, 280 youths spent the night at City Hall, learning how to deal with an emergency in a train tunnel.

At around midnight, the young campers boarded a train and as the train departed, there was a simulated bomb explosion. They activated the detrainment ramps at both ends of the train, and evacuated to safety via an escape shaft. The students also used the items from their Ready Bags to "survive" the attack.

A power failure and blackout occurred at the station on 6 July 2012 at about 1.30 pm, causing the platforms for north and west-bound trains turned pitch black. Air-conditioning and escalators also stopped functioning. Emergency lighting was turned on immediately after the incident occurred. However, train services were not affected by the incident. Lighting was progressively restored from 2 pm, and was back to normal at 3.15 pm. All escalators have also been turned on. SMRT has apologised for any inconvenience caused.

About 2,800 commuters were affected by a 8.5 minute delay on the East-West Line towards Pasir Ris at 7.25 pm on September 23, 2011. An SMRT spokesman said passengers on an eastbound train were asked to alight at City Hall due to a train fault. To minimize the impact to other passengers and to maintain eastbound train service, passengers on a westbound train were asked to alight at Bugis and serve eastbound passengers, the spokesman said.

This station was part of the series of 2011 MRT train disruptions on 15 and 17 December 2011, caused by a misalignment between the trains' current collector shoes, which collect power from the third rail, and the third rail itself. These were Singapore's two largest MRT disruptions at the time of occurrence.

Grand Park City Hall is a shopping mall and the hotel in City Hall, Singapore. Normally, the graduation nights of Tampines Secondary School were held until 2012, but these were planned on 23 November 2013 and it did not happen in the end. In the end, it was shifted to Furama Riverfront Clarke Quay in 2014 and subsequently into Hotel Re! Pearl's Hill in 2015.

Public artEdit

There is a mural along the wall of the station called Vitreous Enamelled Mural by Simon Wong. However, this art piece is not under the Art in Transit scheme.

Free Travel and IncentivesEdit

Every weekday morning until 7.45am, there are more passengers who alighted at the station, enjoyed a 1-year free travel trial. This move will save the fare of the ez-link card. For those who missed the cut-off timing, they can enjoy a 50 cent discount for further 15 mins before more crowded trains came at 8am in the morning.

Among of them, students will be able to enjoy their benefits of using the station. This is an interchange station.

Students who are heading east and who have decided to start here or change at this station more frequently are Poh Jing Xiang, Heng Jee Wei and Tse Mun Hoi. Tan Jun Yang, Lee Hongyi, Darrick Ching, How Hongyi, Nathaniel Yeo, Kai Ning, Leng Yuk, Kun Zhe, Choo Xian Zhi, Chua Chee Hean, Service 50, Lee Her Leong, Rey Taylor, Maryann Seto, Ong You Yuan, Tessa Tan Si Ying, Ho Jia Yi, Shaun Huang, Shaun Yue, Kelvin Tan, also stops or continues more frequently. Timothy Mok also took the trains with people around the vicinity, be it as 27 July 2012 or 12 August 2012. There are 23 people who took the trains altogether.

Many students under the excursion either they proceed at City Hall MRT Station to connect to the eastbound train which is from the Orchard Road and Dhoby Ghaut or they will continue their journey to Raffles Place MRT Station to connect to the westbound train which is towards Pioneer, Clementi, Queenstown, Redhill and Tiong Bahru.

Students who are heading north and who have decided to continue are likewise Tan Wan Yin, Willis Chong, Jiaxuan Nyu, Service 140, Service 141 and Low Kay Se; who are heading towards Dhoby Ghaut, Yio Chu Kang and Yishun respectively. It also adds on to certain people who starts here are JingXuan Phoebe, Ostyn Zombier, Derrian Chia, Dylan Tan, Marcus Lee and Ong Si Ying. Some of them change at this station likewise Lee Sher Min, Adonia Teo, Rachel Tan, Denise Wang and Tham Hui Shan in order to go from the East West Line at Eunos, Kallang and Lavender to end at Orchard MRT Station respectively. Ng Wen Ping, Seng Sam Kiat and Jordan Kwan ends at City Hall as it is order to go to Skyfall from Paya Lebar, Aljunied, Kallang, Lavender and Bugis. Ng Si Miang also start service at City Hall in order to go to Ang Mo Kio.

Collin Koh stops the train service at City Hall from Orchard by their escort through southern service. People who are heading west are Tessa Tan Si Ying, but Jeremy Mok took the train from City Hall to Lakeside on certain periods of time (27 July 2012, 12 August 2012 and 18 May 2013).

PlatformsEdit

Basement 2:

  • Platform 4: to Joo Koon
  • Platform 1: to Jurong East

Basement 3:

  • Platform 2: to Pasir Ris
  • Platform 3: to Marina South Pier/Marina Bay

ConcourseEdit

The station has a combined ticket concourse located at Basement 1. It 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.

This station had installed TITAN faregates in August 2014, of whom they had 24 faregates in total and is the largest jump in their faregates.

Prior to the installation of the wide faregates, it was so troublesome to accept wheelchair passengers, prams or people carrying with trolleys. It was requested since 1997.

Station layoutEdit

L1 Street Level Exit/ Entrance
G1 Linkway to CityLink Mall, One Raffles Link, Esplanade
B1 Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control, Transitlink
B2 Platform 1 North South Line towards Jurong East via Dhoby Ghaut (→)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 3 East West Line towards Tuas Plaza via Raffles Place (←)
B3 Platform 2 North South Line towards Marina South Pier via Raffles Place (←)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Platform 4 East West Line towards Pasir Ris via Bugis (→)

ExitsEdit

These are the largest group of people who have alighted at City Hall MRT Station.

City Hall MRT station has two exits at ground level (A and B) and another two exits at Basement 1 (C and D), all of which offer barrier-free accessibility. Out-of-system transfers can be made to Esplanade station.

  • Exit A is located towards the Singapore Recreation Club and Raffles City, but it connects to the Carlton Hotel too. The other buildings include The Cenotaph, Bras Basah Complex, Fairmont Singapore, 251 North Bridge Road, War Memorial Park, National Library, Raffles Hotel and CHIJMES.
  • Exit B is located towards the Funan DigitaLife Mall, The Adelphi and Padang. Other buildings include Supreme Court Building, Capitol Building, Parliament House, National Art Gallery of Singapore, Peninsula Plaza, St Andrew's Cathedral, Armenian Church, Funan Digitalife Mall and Grand Park City Hall.
  • Exit C is located towards the Marina Square and CityLink Mall, which includes Marina Square, Esplanade Park, Esplanade MRT Station out-of-station transfer, Suntec City and Convention Centre, and Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay.
  • Exit D goes towards the Capitol Piazza

Taxi StandsEdit

Taxi stands and pick-up/drop-off points for cars and private buses are located next to station exits:

Exit Road Provisions
A Stamford Road (driveway outside Raffles City) Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
A North Bridge Road (outside Raffles City) Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point

Passenger Usage PatternsEdit

City Hall is a key interchange station linking the North South Line with the East West Line. Located within the Ciry Centre, the station serves many shopping centres, office buildings and other attractions in the vicinity, in addition to being a key transport node for NSL/EWL transfer passengers. Hence, the station encounters high demand throughout the day.

East West Line
EW1 Pasir Ris Take East West Line to Pasir Ris.
EW2 Tampines Take East West Line to Tampines.
EW3 Simei Take East West Line to Simei.
EW5 Bedok Take East West Line to Bedok.
EW6 Kembangan Take East West Line to Kembangan.
EW7 Eunos Take East West Line to Eunos.
EW8 Paya Lebar Take East West Line to Paya Lebar.
EW14 Raffles Place Walk ~700m to Raffles Place.
EW16 Outram Park Take bus service 124 / 174 / 174e (B/S 1) or 63 / 851 / 961 (B/S 2) to either New Bridge Road (Outram Park Station) or Outram Road (Outram Park Station).
EW17 Tiong Bahru Take bus service 16 (B/S 4) or 63 (B/S 2) to Tiong Bahru Road (Tiong Bahru Station).
EW18 Redhill Take bus service 32 (B/S 2) to Tiong Bahru Road (Redhill Station).
EW19 Queenstown Take bus service 111 (B/S 4) to Commonwealth Avenue (Queenstown Station).
EW20 Commonwealth Take bus service 111 (B/S 4) to Commonwealth Avenue (Commonwealth Station).
EW21 Buona Vista Take bus service 106 (B/S 4) to Commonwealth Avenue West (Buona Vista Station).
EW22 Dover Take bus service 14 / 106 (B/S 4) or 166 (B/S 1) to Commonwealth Avenue West (Dover Station).
EW23 Clementi Take East West Line to Clementi or take bus service 7 / 14 / 106 / 175 (B/S 4) to Commonwealth Avenue West (Clementi Station).
EW24 Jurong East Take East West Line to Jurong East or take bus service 51 (B/S 1) / 197 (B/S 2) to Jurong East Interchange.
EW26 Lakeside Take East West Line to Lakeside.
EW27 Boon Lay Take East West Line to Boon Lay.
EW28 Pioneer Take East West Line to Pioneer.
CG1 Expo Take East West Line to Tanah Merah and change to Changi Airport Line to City Hall.
North South Line
NS24 Dhoby Ghaut Take bus service 7, 14, 16, 36, 77, 106, 111, 162, 167, 171, 175 and 700/700A (B/S 4) to Penang Road (Dhoby Ghaut Station).
NS23 Somerset Take bus service 7, 14, 16, 36, 77, 106, 111, 162, 167, 171, 175 and 700/700A (B/S 4) to Somerset Road (Somerset Station).
NS22 Orchard Take bus service 7, 14, 16, 36, 77, 106, 111, 162, 167, 171, 175 and 700/700A (B/S 4) to Orchard Boulevard (opp Orchard Station) or Orchard Turn (Orchard Station).
NS21 Newton Take bus service 162 / 167 (B/S 4) to Scotts Road (Newton Station).
NS20 Novena Take bus service 162 / 167 (B/S 4) to Thomson Road (opp Novena Church) or take North South Line to Novena.
NS19 Toa Payoh Take North South Line to Toa Payoh.
NS16 Ang Mo Kio Take North South Line to Ang Mo Kio.
NS15 Yio Chu Kang Take bus service 162 to Yio Chu Kang Interchange.
NS14 Khatib Take North South Line to Khatib.
NS13 Yishun Take North South Line to Yishun or bus service 857 (B/S 4) to Yishun Interchange.
NS11 Sembawang Take North South Line to Sembawang or bus service 167 (B/S 4) to Sembawang Interchange.
NS10 Admiralty Take North South Line to Admiralty.
NS9 Woodlands Take North South Line to Woodlands.
NS5 Yew Tee Take East West Line to Jurong East, then change to North South Line to Yew Tee.
NS3 Bukit Gombak Take East West Line to Jurong East, then change to North South Line to Bukit Gombak.
NS2 Bukit Batok Take East West Line to Jurong East, then change to North South Line to Bukit Batok.
North East Line
NE1 HarbourFront Take bus service 61 / 124 / 145 / 166 (B/S 1) or 80 (B/S 2) to Telok Blangah Road (VivoCity).
Circle Line
CC3 Esplanade Walk via CityLink Mall
CC21 Holland Village Take bus service 61 (B/S 2) / 106 (B/S 4) to Holland Avenue (Holland Village Station).
CC22 Buona Vista Take bus service 106 (B/S 4) to Commonwealth Avenue West (Buona Vista Station).
CC25 Haw Par Villa Take bus service 51 (B/S 2) to West Coast Road (Haw Par Villa Station).
CC26 Pasir Panjang Take bus service 51 (B/S 2) / 175 (B/S 4) to Pasir Panjang Road (Pasir Panjang Station).
CC27 Labrador Park Take bus service 51 (B/S 2) / 175 (B/S 4) to Pasir Panjang Road (Labrador Park Station).
CC28 Telok Blangah Take bus service 61 / 166 (B/S 1) to Telok Blangah Road (VivoCity).
CC29 HarbourFront Take bus service 61 / 124 / 145 / 166 (B/S 1) or 80 (B/S 2) to Telok Blangah Road (VivoCity).
CE1 Bayfront Take bus service 106 / 133 / 502 / 518 (B/S 5) to Bayfront Avenue (Marina Bay Sands Hotel).
Downtown Line
DT2 Cashew Take North South Line to Newton and change to Downtown Line to Cashew.
DT16 Bayfront Take bus service 106 / 133 / 502 / 518 (B/S 5) to Bayfront Avenue (Marina Bay Sands Hotel).
DT20 Fort Canning Take bus service 32 / 195 (B/S 2) to River Valley Road (Fort Canning Station).

Transport connectionsEdit

RailEdit

Destination First Train Last Train
Mon – Sat Sunday &
Public Holiday
Daily
North South Line
to Jurong East 6.05am 6.30am 11.55pm
to Marina South Pier 5.54am 6.20am 11.54pm
to Kranji 12.11am
East West Line
to Pasir Ris 6.01am 6.29am 12.11am
to Tuas Plaza 5.57am 6.24am 11.52pm

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