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Clementi MRT Station

Clementi MRT Station

Clementi MRT Station is an above-ground MRT station in the west of Singapore. It is part of the East West Line. Clementi MRT Station is heavily used by commuters who live in Clementi itself or further west to go to work. It is also used by students in the National University of Singapore, Nan Hua High School and other schools around Clementi.

The tracks between this station and Jurong East is the longest between any two stations on the East West Line and also the longest between any MRT interchanges in Singapore. It takes four minutes for trains to travel between these two stations. The crowd at this station during peak hours also rivals City Hall.

HistoryEdit

One of the older MRT stations in Singapore, Clementi was opened in 1988. The station is painted light blue, and with recent renovations a lift has been added for the benefit of commuters. The station and nearby track follows Commonwealth Avenue West, as do the Dover, Buona Vista, Commonwealth and Queenstown stations. Looking to the southwest one can see Clementi Central, with what was previously Commonwealth theatre, a McDonald's, and the bus interchange. At the northeast there is a connecting bridge to the nearby housing estate.

On 5 August 1993, at around 7.53 am, two trains collided in the station. It appeared that one train had stopped at the station for longer than usual after experiencing a technical fault, and then a second westward train hit the first. 156 commuters were injured, many of whom were on their way to work. Eight were admitted to three hospitals, while the rest received outpatient treatment.

A four-member independent panel was subsequently formed by SMRT to conduct an inquiry into the accident. The panel was chaired by Chua Koon Hoe, deputy director-general of the Public Works Department of Singapore, with the members Chang Meng Teng, deputy chairman of the Public Transport Council, and Dr. Natarajan Varaprasad, principal of Temasek Polytechnic. Low Tien Sio, SMRTC's general manager (project administration) served as the secretary.

The results of the inquiry were announced by the SMRTC on 19 October 1993. Shortly after the accident The Straits Times had reported that an oil spill on the tracks was responsible for the second train's inability to brake in time. Some 50 litres of oil had spilled from a locomotive doing maintenance work on the track in the pre-dawn hours of 5 August. SMRT staff had been alerted to the spill and had dispatched a cleaning crew to the neighbouring Buona Vista, but approval to access the tracks was delayed. Already ten trains had reported difficulty braking on the track that morning. The 11th train had to use its emergency brakes upon reaching Clementi station, and while it was waiting for the brakes to be recharged so that it could move off again, the 12th approached the station and could not brake in time to avoid hitting the 11th train.

The Communications Minister at that time, Mah Bow Tan, said that as the SMRT staff followed procedures and none were found to be negligent, so no staff would be punished. However SMRT promised to look into the problem of oil spillage from maintenance locomotives by replacing the hoses and oil seals on all locomotives, checking all locomotives for leaks upon their return to depots, and assigning a station master to inspect tracks for oil. Procedures were also amended so that trains would not move off from stations preceding the spill until it had been cleaned up.

On September 17, 2006, 26-year-old Jenny Low Siew Mui was pushed down off the platform on to the tracks and was slightly injured, an oncoming train having almost hit her. She saw the train coming towards her and had managed to climb over towards the side of the tracks (opposite the station platform). A Malaysian man, 26-year-old Kwong Kok Hing who pushed her onto the tracks was arrested by police after passers-by pinned him to the ground as he tried to escape. Kwong had pushed her over after a quarrel in which he refused to break-up with her.

On October 30, 2006, a man was killed by a westbound train at the station and died on the spot. The police have described the death as an unnatural death and are investigating the matter. As a result, there was a service delay that affected 11,700 commuters.[1]

On May 23, 2007, Kwong was sentenced to one year in jail by a Supreme Court judge. He has also reported apologized to Jenny after the incident and promised not to contact her again. After an appeal from the prosecution, the sentence was upped to three years. Kwong was not in Singapore then as he had been released after serving his one year sentence and returned to Malaysia.[2]

On January 27, 2007, a woman in her 50s got her leg stuck in the gap between the train and the platform and fractured her leg. This happened at 8.27 am and caused delays in service between Queenstown and Jurong East. Train services resumed at 8.51 am.[3]

On July 20, 2007, a woman was killed by an incoming west-bound train at the station. 4120 passengers were affected by the accident as eastbound service in between Queenstown and Jurong East were suspended from 1.05 pm to 1.42 pm.

In a rare incident on 8 October 2008, a man in his 30s got onto the eastbound track at the station and walked about 200 metres towards Dover. The man was clad in a red T-shirt and black shorts. A passenger had notified SMRT staff about the incursion at about 9 am. SMRT staff escorted the man back to Clementi. The man was arrested under the Miscellaneous Offences Act. Westbound trains were delayed for nine minutes while eastbound trains were delayed for seven minutes.[4]

A woman was killed after being hit by a train at Clementi on March 24, 2009. Police said they received a call at about 6.15 am that a person had fallen onto the train tracks. The Chinese woman, who was in her early seventies, was pronounced dead at about 7 am by paramedics. SMRT said the incident at 6.15 am caused westbound service between Queenstown and Jurong East to be affected. To maintain service on the unaffected stretch of the East West Line, westbound trains were turned around at Queenstown. Train services between Jurong East and Joo Koon were not affected by the incident. SMRT also activated a bus bridging service from Queenstown to Jurong East to ferry affected passengers. The first bus arrived at Queenstown at about 6.50 am. Train services resumed at 7.03 am. SMRT said about 6,250 passengers were affected during the incident.[5]

On 19 September 2011, a train developed a technical fault between Clementi and Jurong East at 7.40 am. The train was withdrawn from service. SMRT said that the incident caused a 9-minute delay in service.[6]

As with most of the stations along the East West Line, it was initially built without platform screen doors which prevents commuters from falling onto the train tracks. After several successful test at Jurong East, Yishun and Pasir Ris and eventually, installation of the half-height screen doors started on 19 April 2010 and operations commenced on 16 August 2010. It was the 4th above-ground station to have Half-Height Platform Screen Doors installed and in operational with Bukit Gombak.[7] Also, the station has been installed with MJ Air Tech High Volume, Low Speed (HVLS) Pro-Jet fans and commenced operations on 3 October 2012.

PlatformsEdit

Escalators, lifts and stairs connect the Platform level to the Ticket Concourse level below.

ConcourseEdit

Faregates at both concourses are used for automatic fare collection and provides access between paid and unpaid areas of the station. These were changed from 1st generation faregates to newer faregates on 21 October 2011.

In addition, this station have one bidirectional wide-swinging gate for the benefit of passengers-in-wheelchairs and those carrying bulky items or travelling with prams at the original and revised exits.

The Passenger Service Centre (PSC) provides top-up services for the MRT station, which is available at the western end of the concourse. The eastern end of the concourse is only exclusive in having general ticketing machines. Cash top ups are no longer accepted since 1 September 2017.

The eastern concourse was opened on 21 August 2015.

Station layoutEdit

L3 Platform 1 East West Line towards Pasir Ris via Dover (→)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 2 East West Line towards Tuas Plaza via Jurong East (←)
L2 EWL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control, The Clementi Mall, Footbridge (to cross Commonwealth Avenue West)
L1 Street Level Commonwealth Avenue West, The Clementi Mall, Clementi Bus Interchange, City Vibe

Transport connectionsEdit

RailEdit

Destination First Train Last Train
Mon – Sat Sunday &
Public Holiday
Daily
East West Line
to Pasir Ris 5.38am 6.06am 11.49pm
to Joo Koon 6.21am 6.47am 12.20am

ExitsEdit

Together with Commonwealth and Queenstown stations, this station will see the construction of an additional pedestrian link bridge linking the station to two new exits, one on each side of the road. The exits will be equipped with fare gates and ticketing machines. It was completed and opened on 25 August 2015.

Passenger Usage PatternsEdit

The exit A1 and A2 consists of the Clementi Bus Interchange, Clementi Mall, Clementi CityVibe & Clementi Hawker Centre. Timothy Mok had been using it on the 26 July 2011, and also on the 29 December 2014. The exit B1 and B2 was also used for the students who are SNO, during the SNO Camp 2014.

Serving the Clementi Town Centre along with schools, community amenities, retail and housing developments in the vicinity, Clementi station encounters moderate to 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.
EW7 Eunos Take East West Line to Eunos.
EW10 Kallang Take East West Line to Kallang.
EW11 Lavender Take East West Line to Lavender, or take bus service 7 / 175 to Kallang Road (Lavender Station).
EW12 Bugis Take East West Line to Bugis, or take bus service 7 / 175 to Victoria Street (opp Bugis Junction).
EW13 City Hall Take East West Line to City Hall.
EW14 Raffles Place Take East West Line to Raffles Place.
EW15 Tanjong Pagar Take East West Line to Tanjong Pagar.
EW16 Outram Park Take East West Line to Outram Park.
EW21 Buona Vista Take bus service 105 / 106 / 147 / 185 to Commonwealth Avenue West (Blk 15).
EW22 Dover Take bus service 105 / 106 / 147 / 185 to Commonwealth Avenue West (Dover Station).
EW24 Jurong East Take bus service 52 / 105 / 183 to Jurong East Interchange, or 99 to Boon Lay Way (Jurong East Station/Int). Take East West Line to Jurong East.
EW25 Chinese Garden Take bus service 99 to Jurong Town Hall Road (Parc Oasis) and walk.
EW26 Lakeside Take bus service 154 to Boon Lay Way (Lakeside Station).
EW27 Boon Lay Take bus service 154 to Boon Lay Interchange.
EW29 Joo Koon Take bus service 99 to Joo Koon Interchange.
CG1 Expo Take East West Line to Tanah Merah, and change to Changi Airport Line to Expo.
CG2 Changi Airport Take East West Line to Tanah Merah, and change to Changi Airport Line to Changi Airport.
North South Line
NS2 Bukit Batok Take bus service 106 / 189 (B/S 2) or 173 (Int) to Bukit Batok Interchange.
NS3 Bukit Gombak Take bus service 106 (B/S 2) to Bukit Batok West Avenue 5 (Bukit Gombak Station).
NS4 Choa Chu Kang Take East West Line to Jurong East, then take North South Line to Choa Chu Kang.
Or take service 52 / 105 to Toh Guan Road (Blk 288E) and transfer to bus service 188 to Choa Chu Kang Interchange.
NS7 Kranji Take East West Line to Jurong East, then take North South Line to Kranji.
NS8 Marsiling Take East West Line to Jurong East, then take North South Line to Marsiling.
NS9 Woodlands Take East West Line to Jurong East, then take North South Line to Woodlands.
NS10 Admiralty Take East West Line to Jurong East, then take North South Line to Admiralty.
NS14 Khatib Take East West Line to Jurong East, then take North South Line to Khatib.
NS15 Yio Chu Kang Take East West Line to Buona Vista, then take Circle Line to Bishan, then take North South Line to Yio Chu Kang.
NS16 Ang Mo Kio Take bus service 165 (Int) to Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 (Ang Mo Kio Station).
NS17 Bishan Take bus service 52 (B/S 1) to Bishan Interchange.
NS20 Novena Take bus service 166 (Int) to Thomson Road (Novena Church).
NS21 Newton Take bus service 154 (B/S 1) to Dunearn Road (opp Botanic Gardens Station), and transfer to service 48 / 66 / 67 / 170 to Dunearn Road (opp Newton Station).
NS22 Orchard Take bus service 7 / 106 (B/S 1) to Orchard Road (Lucky Plaza).
NS23 Somerset Take bus service 7 / 106 (B/S 1) to Orchard Road (Midpoint Orchard).
NS24 Dhoby Ghaut Take bus service 7 / 106 (B/S 1) to Orchard Road (Dhoby Ghaut Station).
NS25 City Hall Take East West Line to City Hall.
NS26 Raffles Place Take East West Line to Raffles Place.
NS27 Marina Bay Take bus service 106 (B/S 1) to Central Boulevard (Marina Bay Station).
North East Line
NE1 HarbourFront Take bus service 166 (Int) to Telok Blangah Road (HarbourFront Station).
NE3 Outram Park Take bus service 147 / 147e / 166 (Int) to Eu Tong Sen Street (Outram Park Station).
NE4 Chinatown Take bus service 147 / 147e / 166 (Int) to Eu Tong Sen Street (People's Park Centre).
NE5 Clarke Quay Take bus service 147 / 147e / 166 (Int) to Eu Tong Sen Street (Clarke Quay Station).
NE6 Dhoby Ghaut Take bus service 7 / 106 (B/S 1) to Orchard Road (Dhoby Ghaut Station).
NE7 Little India Take East West Line to Outram Park, and change to North East Line to Little India or take bus service 154 (B/S 1) to Dunearn Road (opp Botanic Gardens Station), and transfer to service 48 / 66 / 67 / 170 to Bukit Timah Road (opp Little India Station).
NE8 Farrer Park Take bus service 147 (Int) to Serangoon Road (Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple).
NE9 Boon Keng Take bus service 147 (Int) to Serangoon Road (Boon Keng Station).
NE10 Potong Pasir Take bus service 147 (Int) to Upper Serangoon Road (Potong Pasir Station).
NE11 Woodleigh Take bus service 147 (Int) to Upper Serangoon Road (Woodleigh Station).
NE12 Serangoon Take bus service 105 (B/S 1) to Serangoon Interchange.
NE14 Hougang Take bus service 165 (Int) to Hougang Central Interchange.
NE16 Sengkang Take bus service 156 (Int) to Sengkang Interchange.
Circle Line
CC1 Dhoby Ghaut Take bus service 7 / 14 / 106 / 175 (B/S 1) to Orchard Road (Dhoby Ghaut Station).
CC2 Bras Basah Take bus service 7 / 14 / 106 / 175 (B/S 1) to Bras Basah Road (NTUC Income Centre).
CC3 Esplanade Take bus service 106 (B/S 1) to Temasek Boulevard (Suntec Convention Centre).
CC4 Promenade Take bus service 106 (B/S 1) to Temasek Avenue (opp Millenia Tower).
CC19 Botanic Gardens Take bus service 154 (B/S 1) / 156 (Int) to Dunearn Road (opp Botanic Gardens Station).
CC20 Farrer Road Take bus service 165 (Int) to Farrer Road (Farrer Road Station).
CC21 Holland Village Take bus service 7 / 165 (Int) to Holland Road (opp Holland Village).
CC23 one-North Take East West Line to Buona Vista and change to Circle Line to one-North.
CC24 Kent Ridge Take East West Line to Buona Vista and change to Circle Line to Kent Ridge.
CC26 Pasir Panjang Take bus service 175 (Int) to Pasir Panjang Road (Pasir Panjang Station).
CC27 Labrador Park Take bus service 166 / 175 (Int) to Telok Blangah Road (aft Alexandra Road).
CC28 Telok Blangah Take bus service 166 (Int) to Telok Blangah Road (Telok Blangah Station).
CC29 HarbourFront Take bus service 166 (Int) to Telok Blangah Road (HarbourFront Station).
CE1 Bayfront Take bus service 106 (B/S 1) to Bayfront Avenue (Marina Bay Sands Hotel).
CE2 Marina Bay Take bus service 106 (B/S 1) to Central Boulevard (Marina Bay Station).
Downtown Line
DT1 Bukit Panjang Take bus service 184 (B/S 1) to Bukit Panjang Interchange.
DT2 Cashew Take bus service 184 (B/S 1) to Cashew Road (aft Cashew Terrace).
DT3 Hillview Take bus service 184 (B/S 1) to Upper Bukit Timah Road (Hillview Station).
DT5 Beauty World Take bus service 173 / 184 (B/S 1) to Upper Bukit Timah Road (opp Bukit Timah Shopping Centre).
DT6 King Albert Park Take bus service 154 (B/S 1) to Dunearn Road (opp King Albert Park Station).
DT7 Sixth Avenue Take bus service 154 (B/S 1) / 156 (Int) to Dunearn Road (Sixth Avenue Station).
DT8 Hwa Chong Take bus service 154 (B/S 1) / 156 (Int) to Dunearn Road (Hwa Chong Station).
DT9 Botanic Gardens Take bus service 154 (B/S 1) / 156 (Int) to Dunearn Road (opp Botanic Gardens Station).
DT10 Stevens Take bus service 154 (B/S 1) to Dunearn Road (opp Botanic Gardens Station), and transfer to service 48 / 66 / 67 / 170 to Dunearn Road (opp Stevens Station).
DT11 Newton Take bus service 154 (B/S 1) to Dunearn Road (opp Botanic Gardens Station), and transfer to service 48 / 66 / 67 / 170 to Dunearn Road (opp Newton Station).
DT12 Little India Take East West Line to Outram Park, and change to North East Line to Little India or take bus service 154 (B/S 1) to Dunearn Road (opp Botanic Gardens Station), and transfer to service 48 / 66 / 67 / 170 to Bukit Timah Road (opp Little India Station).
DT13 Rochor Take bus service 154 (B/S 1) to Dunearn Road (opp Botanic Gardens Station), and transfer to service 48 / 170 to Sungei Road (Rochor Station).
DT14 Bugis Take East West Line to Bugis, or take bus service 7 / 175 to Victoria Street (opp Bugis Junction).
DT15 Promenade Take bus service 106 (B/S 1) to Temasek Avenue (opp Millenia Tower).
DT16 Bayfront Take bus service 106 (B/S 1) to Bayfront Avenue (Marina Bay Sands Hotel).
DT17 Downtown Take bus service 106 (B/S 1) to Central Boulevard (Downtown Station).
DT19 Chinatown Take bus service 147 / 147e / 166 (Int) to Eu Tong Sen Street (People's Park Centre).
DT21 Bencoolen Take bus service 7 / 14 / 106 / 175 (B/S 1) to Bras Basah Road (Hotel Rendezvous).

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