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Raffles Place MRT Station is a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) interchange station on the North South Line and the East West Line in Singapore. It is directly beneath the centre of the financial district of Raffles Place, located in the Downtown Core area, south of the Singapore River. It 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 station has a large number of entrances/exits, the two main ones facing the Raffles Gardens, with the building being a miniature facade of the historic John Little building.

HistoryEdit

On 9 October 1983, local ventures had won the MRT job for the construction of the tunnel from City Hall to Raffles Place. On the larger scale, on 4 May 1984, the contractor, Taisei-Shimizu-Marubeni had awarded the contract for the station, Contract 108. To make way for the construction of the station, the Chartered Bank Building was torn down.

During the construction, massive rocks were blasted out of the way for the station, which shook several buildings near the station. This station used to be the largest and deepest MRT station in Singapore, but the record was broken by Dhoby Ghaut in 2003 and then by Bras Basah in 2010, by Promenade in 2013 and then by Bencoolen in 2017 which is 43 metres below ground. In 1998, some foreigners who could not find accommodation in Singapore were caught staying overnight in the station, and were regarded as loiterers. It is also one of the four MRT stations to appear in "Uniquely Singapore Edition" of the board game Monopoly.

This station is part of the three emergency terrorist exercises. They are the Exercise Northstar 4 in 2004, the 2006 Singapore attacks and the 2009 Singapore attacks together with the Sentosa and VivoCity.

A rail commuter’s leg slipped between the MRT platform and the train at Raffles Place station on 13 June 2012. An SMRT spokesman said a passenger on the eastbound train hit the emergency communications button at 4.10 pm, and station staff arrived within a minute to free the man’s leg. The unnamed man declined ambulance assistance and continued with his journey after some rest, she said. The incident delayed the train for four minutes. This accident happened 12 days after a similar incident at Bugis on 1 June 2012.

Eastbound train service on the East West Line was delayed due to a faulty train at Raffles Place on 15 February 2013. Rail operator SMRT said passengers were asked to alight, and the train was taken out of service. To maintain service on the unaffected stretches of the East West Line, some trains were turned around at Queenstown and Outram Park (eastbound), and Bugis (westbound).

A track fault occurred between Raffles Place and Marina Bay stations at 7.15 am on 3 April 2013. Trains from Raffles Place entering Marina Bay were affected. SMRT said its engineers were activated to rectify the fault. Station employees were deployed to manually control the track switch on site to allow safe train movement over the affected sector. Southbound trains from Raffles Place station were diverted to turn around at Outram Park station. These trains resumed northbound service at Raffles Place station towards Jurong East station. SMRT activated free buses for seven trunk services at about 7.50 am between Raffles Place and Marina Bay stations. Normal train service resumed after the track fault was rectified about an hour later. Operator SMRT said that preliminary investigations found that the disruption was due to a short circuit which was caused by a foreign metal object measuring 2 cm in length that its engineers found on the insulated rail joint located on the running rail connecting the two track blocks.

Station layoutEdit

L1 Street Level Entrance/Exit
B1 Linkway to Raffles Xchange, Shops
B2 Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control, Transitlink Counter
B3 Platform 1 East West Line towards Pasir Ris via City Hall (→)
Island platform, doors will open on the left/right
Platform 2 North South Line towards Jurong East via City Hall (→)
B4 Platform 3 East West Line towards Joo Koon via Tanjong Pagar (←)
Island platform, doors will open on the left/right
Platform 4 North South Line towards Marina South Pier via Marina Bay (←)

ConcourseEdit

Raffles Place was upgraded to TITAN faregates from both 1st and 2nd generation of faregates on October 2014.

Escalators, and lifts connect the concourse to the platforms below. There are escalators that lead to Basement 3 and others that lead straight to Basement 4, and commuters are advised to follow the signages to the correct escalator.

Toilets are located in the unpaid areas of the station, near to the Passenger Service Centre. Retail shops occupy at Basement 1 located at the Raffles Xchange, consisting of 7-Eleven and EC House.

ExitsEdit

There are several exits at Raffles Place MRT Station, all are in an expanded value. It is located sometimes at the historical buildings and sights, whereby it is very hard for people to see.

These are the largest group of people who have alighted at Raffles Place MRT Station. Overcrowding will occur during the morning and evening peak periods. Most of the load were diverted due to the opening of Downtown, Telok Ayer and Chinatown stations of the Downtown Line.

Barrier-free accessibility is limited to lifts at Raffles Place Park and within buildings with basement station exits.

  • Exit A leads to Bharat Building, Royal Brother Building, Clifford Centre, The Arcade, Malacca Centre, 63 Market St, One Raffles Place and Raffles Place Park, although seen before.
  • Exit B: The Fullerton Bay Hotel, Chevron House, Great Eastern Centre, Straits Trading Building, Clifford Pier, 16 Collyer Quay, OCBC Centre, Customs House, HSBC Building, Singapore Land Tower, Change Alley, Golden Shoe Carpark, One Raffles Place, Raffles Place Park
  • Exit C: Ocean Towers
  • Exit D: Republic Plaza
  • Exit E: Equity Plaza, Ocean Financial Centre
  • Exit F was usable during most periods of time to Chinatown and Cecil Street. Its buildings are Capital Square, Fuk Tak Chi Museum, PWC Building, China Square, Great Eastern Centre, Samsung Hub, City House, Market Street CP, Robinson Tower, Far East Square, Prudential Tower.
  • Exit G was usable on January 2009 and it leads to Boat Quay and UOB Plaza.
  • Exit H: Bank of China Building, One Fullerton, Raffles Landing Site, Merlion Park, Six Battery Rd, The Fullerton (Hotel), The Arts House at the Old Parliament, Asian Civilisations Museum, Maybank Tower, Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall
  • Exit I was usable on 17 August 2016, but it goes to SGX Centre, Lucrum Capital Building, Ascott Raffles Place, Lau Pa Sat Festival Market
  • Exit J was usable in most periods of time, but it goes to The Promontory@Marina Bay, Marina Bay Suites, Marina Bay Financial Centre, The Sail @ Marina Bay, One Raffles Quay, Marina Bay Link Mall, One Marina Boulevard (NTUC Centre), Marina Bay Residences.

Passenger Usage PatternsEdit

Raffles Place is a key interchange station linking the North South Line with the East West Line. Located within the City Centre, the station serves many 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, especially during the peak hours, but significantly lower demand on weekends.

Every weekday morning until 7.45am, there are more passengers which are office workers 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. The people are trainspotters Willis Chong (towards Yishun) and Ong You Yuan (towards Tanah Merah), who have one reason to hate the evening peak hours. Abdul Qayyum also takes the train in order to go to Pasir Ris, during the evenings to nights.

They are also home to the Learning Journeys of which students will gain experience of the heritage in Raffles Place, OCBC Centre, The Sail @ Marina Bay, Marina Bay City Gallery, Old Custom House and Finlayson Green.

Some of the students are also going Learning Journeys, but whom they are also interchange stations if I am not wrong. The School Journey starts at Raffles Place to terminate at Jurong East, Woodlands/Admiralty, Clementi, Queenstown and Pioneer through the western stretch.

East West Line
Eastbound
EW12 Bugis Take bus service 130 (B/S 2) or 133 (The Sail) to Victoria Street (Bugis Station).
EW10 Kallang Take bus service 100 to Sims Avenue (Kallang Station) / 11 to Lorong 1 Geylang Bus Terminal, or take East West Line to Kallang Station.
EW9 Aljunied Take bus service 100 to Aljunied Road (opp Aljunied Station) or East West Line to Aljunied Station.
EW8 Paya Lebar Take bus service 41 to Paya Lebar Road (opp Paya Lebar Station).
EW7 Eunos Take East West Line to Eunos Station.
EW6 Kembangan Take East West Line to Kembangan Station.
EW5 Bedok Take East West Line to Bedok Station.
EW4 Tanah Merah Take East West Line to Tanah Merah Station.
EW3 Simei Take East West Line to Simei Station.
EW2 Tampines Take East West Line to Tampines Station or take bus service 10 (B/S 2) to Tampines Interchange.
EW1 Pasir Ris Take East West Line to Pasir Ris Station.
Westbound
EW15 Tanjong Pagar Take bus service 10 / 57 / 100 / 131 to Shenton Way (opp Temasek Tower), or take bus service 11 / 41 / 75 / 107 / 128 / 130 / 167 to Shenton Way (opp MAS Building).
EW16 Outram Park Take bus service 75 to Outram Road (opp Outram Park Station).
EW17 Tiong Bahru Take bus service 11 to Tiong Bahru Road (opp Tiong Bahru Plaza).
EW18 Redhill Take East West Line to Redhill Station.
EW19 Queenstown Take East West Line to Queenstown Station.
EW20 Commonwealth Take East West Line to Commonwealth Station.
EW21 Buona Vista Take East West Line to Buona Vista Station.
EW22 Dover Take East West Line to Dover Station.
EW23 Clementi Take East West Line to Clementi Station.
EW24 Jurong East Take East West Line to Jurong East Station.
Walk to Central Boulevard (Downtown Station) and take bus service 47 / 97 to Jurong East Interchange.
EW25 Chinese Garden Take East West Line to Chinese Garden Station.
EW26 Lakeside Take East West Line to Lakeside Station.
EW27 Boon Lay Take East West Line to Boon Lay Station.
EW28 Pioneer Take East West Line to Pioneer Station.
EW29 Joo Koon Take East West Line to Joo Koon Station.
North South Line
NS2 Bukit Batok Take East West Line to Jurong East, then change to North South Line to Bukit Batok Station.
NS3 Bukit Gombak Take East West Line to Jurong East, then change to North South Line to Bukit Gombak Station.
NS4 Choa Chu Kang Take East West Line to Jurong East, then change to North South Line to Choa Chu Kang Station.
NS5 Yew Tee Take East West Line to Jurong East, then change to North South Line to Yew Tee Station.
NS8 Marsiling Take North South Line to Marsiling Station.
NS9 Woodlands Take North South Line to Woodlands Station.
NS10 Admiralty Take North South Line to Admiralty Station.
NS11 Sembawang Take North South Line to Sembawang Station.
NS13 Yishun Take North South Line to Yishun Station.
NS14 Khatib Take North South Line to Khatib Station.
NS15 Yio Chu Kang Take North South Line to Yio Chu Kang Station.
NS16 Ang Mo Kio Take North South Line to Ang Mo Kio Station.
NS17 Bishan Take North South Line to Bishan Station.
NS18 Braddell Take North South Line to Braddell Station.
NS19 Toa Payoh Take North South Line to Toa Payoh Station.
NS21 Newton Take bus service 167 / 700 (B/S 3) to Scotts Road (Newton Station) or 128 (B/S 2) to Scotts Road (Newton Station).
NS22 Orchard Take North South Line to Orchard Station.
NS23 Somerset Take North South Line to Somerset Station.
NS24 Dhoby Ghaut Take North South Line to Dhoby Ghaut Station, or take bus service 128 / 162 (B/S 2) or 167 / 700 (B/S 3) to Penang Road (Dhoby Ghaut Station).
NS27 Marina Bay Walking distance from Raffles Place.
North East Line
NE1 HarbourFront Take bus service 41 / 57 / 100 to Telok Blangah Road (VivoCity) / Resorts World Sentosa.
NE3 Outram Park Take bus service 75 to Outram Road (opp Outram Park Station).
NE4 Chinatown Walk from Raffles Place.
NE5 Clarke Quay
NE6 Dhoby Ghaut Take North South Line to Dhoby Ghaut Station, or take bus service 128 / 162 (B/S 2) or 167 / 700 (B/S 3) to Penang Road (Dhoby Ghaut Station).
NE7 Little India Take bus service 57 to Bukit Timah Road (opp Little India Station).
NE10 Potong Pasir Take bus service 107 to Upper Serangoon Road (Potong Pasir Station).
NE11 Woodleigh Take bus service 100 to Upper Aljunied Road (bef Upper Serangoon Road) or 107 to Upper Serangoon Road (Woodleigh Station).
NE12 Serangoon Take bus service 41 to Serangoon Central (Serangoon Station) or 100 to Serangoon Avenue 2 (opp Nex).
NE13 Kovan Take bus service 107 to Upper Serangoon Road (Kovan Station).
NE14 Hougang Take North South Line to Dhoby Ghaut, then change to North East Line to Hougang Station or take bus service 107 to Upper Serangoon Road (Hougang Central Interchange).
NE15 Buangkok Take North South Line to Dhoby Ghaut, then change to North East Line to Buangkok Station.
NE16 Sengkang Take North South Line to Dhoby Ghaut, then change to North East Line to Sengkang Station (for connection to Renjong & Kangkar).
Or take bus service 41 to Punggol Road (Blk 227D).
NE17 Punggol Take North South Line to Dhoby Ghaut, then change to North East Line to Punggol Station.
Or take bus service 41 to Punggol Interchange.
Circle Line
CC1 Dhoby Ghaut Take North South Line to Dhoby Ghaut Station, or take bus service 128 / 162 (B/S 2) or 167 / 700 (B/S 3) to Penang Road (Dhoby Ghaut Station).
CC3 Esplanade Take bus service 10 / 41 / 128 / 162 / 196 (B/S 2) or 57 / 700 to Esplanade Drive (Esplanade Bridge).
CC5 Nicoll Highway Take bus service 10 / 11 / 41 to Nicoll Highway (The Concourse).
CC7 Mountbatten Take bus service 10 to Mountbatten Road (Mountbatten Vocational School).
CC8 Dakota Take bus service 10 to Old Airport Road (Blk 99).
CC9 Paya Lebar Take bus service 41 to Paya Lebar Road (opp Paya Lebar Station).
CC10 MacPherson Take bus service 41 to Paya Lebar Road (MacPherson Station).
CC11 Tai Seng Take bus service 41 to Upper Paya Lebar Road (aft Tai Seng Station).
CC13 Serangoon Take bus service 41 to Serangoon Central (Serangoon Station) or 100 to Serangoon Avenue 2 (opp Nex).
CC16 Marymount Take North South Line to Bishan, then change to Circle Line to Marymount Station.
CC19 Botanic Gardens Take East West Line to Buona Vista, then change to Circle Line to Botanic Gardens Station.
CC20 Farrer Road Take East West Line to Buona Vista, then change to Circle Line to Farrer Road Station.
CC25 Haw Par Villa Take East West Line to Buona Vista, then change to Circle Line to Haw Par Villa Station.
CC29 HarbourFront Take bus service 41 / 57 / 100 to Telok Blangah Road (VivoCity) / Resorts World Sentosa.
CE1 Bayfront Walk to The Sail and take bus 97 / 106 / 133 to Bayfront Avenue (Marina Bay Sands MICE) or 47 to ITE College South.
CE2 Marina Bay Walking distance from Raffles Place.
Downtown Line
DT11 Newton Take bus service 167 / 700 (B/S 3) to Scotts Road (Newton Station) or 128 (B/S 2) to Scotts Road (Newton Station).
DT12 Little India Take bus service 57 to Bukit Timah Road (opp Little India Station).
DT13 Rochor Take bus service 57 to Rochor Canal Road (Rochor Station).
DT14 Bugis Take bus service 130 (B/S 2) or 133 (The Sail) to Victoria Street (Bugis Station). Or take bus 57 (B/S 3) to Rochor Road (aft Beach Road)
DT16 Bayfront Walk to The Sail and take bus 97 / 106 / 133 to Bayfront Avenue (Marina Bay Sands MICE) or 47 to ITE College South.
DT17 Downtown Walking distance from Raffles Place.
DT18 Telok Ayer
DT19 Chinatown
DT20 Fort Canning Walk ~1.5km along Singapore River to Fort Canning Station.
DT24 Kallang Bahru Take bus service 107 to Kallang Bahru (Blk 66).
DT32 Tampines Take bus service 10 (B/S 2) to Tampines Interchange.

Transport connectionsEdit

RailEdit

Destination First Train Last Train
Mon – Sat Sunday &
Public Holiday
Daily
North South Line
to Jurong East 6.03am 6.28am 11.53pm
to Marina Bay 5.57am 6.22am 11.58pm
to Kranji 12.09am
East West Line
to Pasir Ris 5.59am 6.27am 12.09am
to Joo Koon 5.59am 6.25am 11.58pm

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