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The Circle Line platform of Dhoby Ghaut Station

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Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station (NS24/NE6/CC1) is a Mass Rapid Transit station in Singapore, located at the eastern end of Orchard Road. Originally it was only a station on the North South Line but after the opening of the North East Line on 20 June 2003, it became the interchange station for these two lines. On 17 April 2010, when the Circle Line wing of the station opened to public, it became the only MRT station in Singapore to be an interchange station for three lines and also the largest MRT station in Singapore. Due to its size, the MRT station is equipped with travellators, and is one of two MRT station in Singapore with travellators in the paid area, the other being at Serangoon MRT Station. The North South Line section of the station was upgraded in 2002 in the first phase of the station upgrading programme, which was completed in 2006. SMRT Corporation operates the North South Line and Circle Line section of the station, while SBS Transit operates the North East Line section. It is currently the largest and second deepest MRT station (after Bras Basah MRT Station) in Singapore. The deepest point is 28 metres in depth and it is the one of the two stations to have five storeys below ground level.

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EtymologyEdit

Dhoby Ghaut, literally "washerman's place", means washing place in Hindi.

LocationEdit

The Atrium @ Orchard is directly located above the station. It has 10 floors on one building and six on the other. Temasek Holdings, MTV Southeast Asia and HSBC occupy the building as its major tenants. Restaurants are located on the ground floor.

HistoryEdit

Before the construction of the North East Line, the Circle Line and the construction of The Atrium, an original underpass opened on 8 Dec 1990 helped ease congestion at the traffic light across Orchard Road. Dhoby Ghaut was one of four stations which participated in Exercise Northstar V, a mock terrorist exercise held on Jan 8 2006. The station is also one of the 4 MRT stations to appear in the original Singapore edition of Monopoly.

ShopsEdit

  • PC Bunk (Asiasoft Customer Service Centre & Internet Cafe)
  • 7-Eleven
  • Dhoby Xchange, located in the basement of the North South Line section of the station, consists of additional retail space and small eateries.
  • Sweet Talk
  • Buzz Pod
  • QB House

Train serviceEdit

Destination First Train Last Train
Mon - Sat Sunday &
Public Holiday
Daily
North South Line
to NS1 Jurong East 6.07am 6.31am 11.53pm
to NS7 Kranji - - 12.11am
to NS27 Marina Bay 5.51am 6.17am 11.47pm
North East Line
to NE1 HarbourFront 6.05am 6.25am 11.50am
to NE17 Punggol 6.09am 6.29am 12.04am
Circle Line
to CC16 Marymount 5.37am 6.04am 11.58pm
to CC11 Tai Seng - - 12.06am

Station layoutEdit

The Circle Line platforms are located under the linkway at Basement Two between the North South Line and the North East Line. Passengers transferring to the Circle Line from the North East Line can proceed to the escalators and stairways bordered by a prominent orange wall, while passengers transferring to the Circle Line from the North South Line can use the set of escalators beside the linkway which leads directly to the Circle Line platforms. Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station has four lifts within the paid area, listed below for reference:

  • Lift that serves North South Line concourse and platforms
  • Lift that serves transfer linkway, Circle Line concourse and platforms
  • Lift that serves transfer linkway and transfer hall
  • Lift that serves North East Line concourse, platforms and transfer hall
L1 Street Level Plaza Singapura
B1 Dhoby Xchange, Stamford Canal
B2 NSL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control, Transitlink Counter
Transfer Linkway Linkbridges from North South Line concourse to Circle Line concourse and transfer hall
NEL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control, Transitlink Counter
B3 Platform A North South Line towards  NS1  EW24  Jurong East via  NS9  Woodlands (→)
Island platform, Doors will open on the right
Platform B North South Line towards  NS27  Marina Bay (←)
Transfer Hall Escalators and lift access to North East Line concourse and platforms, transfer linkway to North South Line, and Circle Line platforms
CCL Concourse Station Control, Transitlink Counter
B4 Platform A Circle Line towards  CC16  Marymount (→)
Island platform, Platform A doors will open on the right, Platform B doors will open on the left
Platform B Circle Line towards  CC16  Marymount (→)
B5 Platform A North East Line towards  NE1  CC29  HarbourFront (→)
Island platform, Doors will open on the right
Platform B North East Line towards  NE17  Punggol (←)

Public artEdit

The artwork Interchange by Milenko and Delia Prvacki can be found on the walls of the linkway between the North South Line and North East Line. Local artist Baet Yoke Kuan created a three dimensional relief work on the large columns that support the Circle Line sector of the station, inspired by the concept 'man and the environment'.

ExitsEdit

North South Line Section, Circle Line SectionEdit

North East Line SectionEdit

Bus servicesEdit

The following bus services pass by the bus stops along Orchard Road:

Bus Stop Code: 08057 (Dhoby Ghaut Station)
Service Between And Notes
SBS Transit Trunk Services
7 Bedok Bus Interchange Clementi Bus Interchange 20px
14 Bedok Bus Interchange Clementi Bus Interchange 20px
16 Bukit Merah Bus Interchange Bedok Bus Interchange
36 Changi Airport PTB 1, 2 and 3 Bus Terminal Tomlinson Road (loop) 20px
65 Tampines Bus Interchange HarbourFront Bus Interchange
111 Ghim Moh Bus Terminal Marina Centre (loop)
124 Saint Michael's Bus Terminal Telok Blangah Drive (loop)
128 Ang Mo Kio Depot Shenton Way Bus Terminal Operates On Weekdays Peak Hours Only
139 Toa Payoh Bus Interchange Bukit Merah Bus Interchange
162 Yio Chu Kang Bus Terminal Shenton Way Bus Terminal
162M Yio Chu Kang Bus Terminal Marina Centre (loop)
174 Boon Lay Bus Interchange New Bridge Road Bus Terminal 20px
175 Clementi Bus Interchange Lorong 1 Geylang Bus Terminal
SBS Transit Fast Forward Services
14e Bedok North Avenue 3 Orchard Road Fast Forward Peak hours one directional service
174e Boon Lay Bus Interchange New Bridge Road Bus Terminal Fast Forward Peak hours one directional service 20px
SBS Transit Express Services
502 Soon Lee Bus Park Marina Station Road (loop)
502A Soon Lee Bus Park Marina Station Road
518 Pasir Ris Bus Interchange Bayfront Ave (loop)
518A Pasir Ris Bus Interchange Bayfront Ave
SBS Transit NiteOwl Services
1N Marina Centre Bus Terminal Yishun Ring Road
2N Marina Centre Bus Terminal Tampines Avenue 3
3N Marina Centre Bus Terminal Choa Chu Kang North 5
4N Marina Centre Bus Terminal Pasir Ris Drive 1
5N Marina Centre Bus Terminal Jurong West Street 92
6N Marina Centre Bus Terminal Punggol Field
SMRT Buses Trunk Services
77 Bukit Batok Bus Interchange Marina Centre Bus Terminal
106 Bukit Batok Bus Interchange Shenton Way Bus Terminal
167 Sembawang Bus Interchange Bukit Merah Bus Interchange
171 Yishun Bus Interchange Marina Centre Bus Terminal 20px
190 Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange New Bridge Road Bus Terminal
700 Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange Shenton Way Bus Terminal
700A Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange Suntec City (loop)
SMRT Buses Short-working Trips
190A Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station Alighting only
SMRT Buses Express Services
971E Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange Cecil Street
SMRT Buses NightRider Services
NR6 Resorts World Sentosa Anchorvale Drive
NR7 Marina Centre Bus Terminal Pasir Ris Drive 3

The following bus services pass by the bus stops along Penang Road:

Bus Stop Code: 08031 (Dhoby Ghaut Station)
Service Between And Notes
SBS Transit Trunk Services
7 Bedok Bus Interchange Clementi Bus Interchange 20px
14 Bedok Bus Interchange Clementi Bus Interchange 20px
16 Bukit Merah Bus Interchange Bedok Bus Interchange
36 Changi Airport PTB 1, 2 and 3 Bus Terminal Tomlinson Road (loop) 20px
111 Ghim Moh Bus Terminal Marina Centre (loop)
124 Saint Michael's Bus Terminal Telok Blangah Drive (loop)
128 Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot Shenton Way Bus Terminal Operates On Weekdays Peak Hours Only
162 Yio Chu Kang Bus Terminal Shenton Way Bus Terminal
162M Yio Chu Kang Bus Terminal Marina Centre (loop)
174 Boon Lay Bus Interchange New Bridge Road Bus Terminal 20px
175 Clementi Bus Interchange Lorong 1 Geylang Bus Terminal
SBS Transit Fast Forward Services
14e Orchard Road Bedok North Avenue 3 Fast Forward Peak hours one directional service
174e New Bridge Road Bus Terminal Boon Lay Bus Interchange Fast Forward Peak hours one directional service 20px
SMRT Buses Trunk Services
77 Bukit Batok Bus Interchange Marina Centre Bus Terminal
106 Bukit Batok Bus Interchange Shenton Way Bus Terminal
167 Sembawang Bus Interchange Bukit Merah Bus Interchange
171 Yishun Bus Interchange Marina Centre Bus Terminal 20px
190 Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange New Bridge Road Bus Terminal
700 Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange Shenton Way Bus Terminal
700A Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange Suntec City (loop)
SMRT Buses NightRider Services
NR6 Resorts World Sentosa Anchorvale Drive
NR7 Marina Centre Bus Terminal Pasir Ris Drive 3

IncidentsEdit

On May 4, 2007, services from HarbourFront to Dhoby Ghaut were disrupted following a power trip. This occurred at about 8.45pm and commuters were told to use the free shuttle services provided. By 10.30 pm, services from HarbourFront to Clarke Quay resumed and about an hour later, the entire line was operating again. A short circuit along the track at the station caused train services along the North-South Line to be disrupted on Nov 1 2007. The incident occurred at 6.13pm, and affected train services from Newton to Marina Bay MRT stations as well as those from Marina Bay to Raffles Place MRT stations. Northbound train services from Raffles Place to Jurong East MRT stations were not disrupted, but southbound trains were turned around at Newton MRT Station and buses were used to ferry affected passengers from 6.48pm between Newton and Marina Bay MRT stations. Train services resumed at 7.13pm. 15,000 passengers were affected during the incident.[1] On Feb 13 2008, the line between Little India and Dhoby Ghaut stations was affected at about 6.53 pm. A power trip caused the delay. Precautionary measures were taken to check the line, causing delays by up to 20 minutes.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Gamar Abdul Aziz, Channel NewsAsia, 2 November 2007, MRT services disrupted after short-circuit at Dhoby Ghaut station, viewed on 2 November 2007.
  2. Wong Mun Wai, Channel NewsAsia, 13 February 2008, Power trips delay trains on 2 sections of North East Line, viewed on 14 February 2008.

External linksEdit

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