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The Expo MRT Station (CG1/DT35) was opened on 10 January 2001, and is part of the Singapore MRT Changi Airport Extension to the existing East West Line. It sports a space age architecture designed by world renowned architect Sir Norman Foster. The roof is clad in titanium, steel, and glass, and its design enabled the platform to be columns-free and invoking a sense of spaciousness. This design is also functional in that it handles human traffic which deviates significantly on a daily basis due to its proximity to the Singapore Expo, where human traffic is dependent on the timing of events held. The large space is thus needed to facilitate smooth traffic flow.

The section of underground track between this station and Changi Airport MRT Station is the longest between any two underground SMRT stations in Singapore.

The Land Transport Authority has announced that this station will be an interchange with the future Downtown MRT Line.

The initial numbering of this station was EW28, until 20 June 2003 when it was changed to CG1. The same numbering is now used for Pioneer Station.

ArchitectureEdit

The station's shell-shaped roof is derived from the section of a torus, as the eventual shape of the roof resembles a cylindrical cut perpendicular to the torus, while the shell roof is supported by two pairs of "Y" shaped twin columns separated by a 70 metre span in between. These columns are unique in that they are built outside the station platform and behind the train tracks.

Another distinctive feature is the large disc situated at the top of the glass elevator shaft, as seen in the photo on the right. The disc overhangs and terminates one end of the toroidal curved roof form, and contains an elevator shaft for the usage of the handicapped or needy. Its unusual shape lead some people to comment that it looked like a spaceship or UFO. This unique disc is the first of its kind in Singapore, although it was also used for the New Supreme Court building in downtown Singapore, which was opened in 2006.

Train servicesEdit

Train services to Expo station were initially operated as a 2-station shuttle service from Tanah Merah MRT Station when the station first opened. It was then converted to a through service from Boon Lay Station when the other station on the Changi Extension, Changi Airport, opened. However, to cut costs due to ridership falling below expectations, the service was reverted into shuttle mode on 22 July 2003.

At present, the station has a high passenger traffic whenever there are major events occurring in the Singapore Expo. The recent expansion of Singapore Expo helped increase the passenger traffic in the station. However, traffic is still rather low at certain times of the year when there are not many events held.

Train serviceEdit

Destination First Train Last Train
Mon - Sat Sunday &
Public Holiday
Daily
East West Line
to EW4 Tanah Merah 5.36am 6.04am 12.11am
to CG2 Changi Airport 5.22am 5.49am 11.54pm

Current Station LayoutEdit

L2
Platforms
Platform A East West Line towards  CG2  Changi Airport (→)
Island platform, Doors open on the right
Platform B East West Line towards  EW4  Tanah Merah (←)
L1 EWL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control, 7-Eleven, Singapore Expo

Bus servicesEdit

The following bus services pass by the bus stops along Upper Changi Road East:

Bus Stop Code: 96029 (Expo Halls 1/2/3)
Service Between And Notes
SBS Transit Trunk Services
12 Pasir Ris Bus Interchange New Bridge Road Bus Terminal 20px
24 Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange Changi Airport PTB 1, 2 and 3 Bus Terminal
38 Tampines Bus Interchange Bedok Bus Interchange
ComfortDelGro Premium Services
522 Flora Road / Mariam Way Nicoll Highway Peak hours one-directional service
SMRT Buses NightRider Services
NR7 Marina Centre Bus Terminal Pasir Ris (Loop)
Bus Stop Code: 96021 (Opp Expo Halls 1/2/3)
Service Between And Notes
SBS Transit Trunk Services
12 Pasir Ris Bus Interchange New Bridge Road Bus Terminal 20px
24 Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange Changi Airport PTB 1, 2 and 3 Bus Terminal
38 Tampines Bus Interchange Bedok Bus Interchange
JR1 Jurong West Bus Interchange Pasir Ris Bus Interchange
SMRT Buses NightRider Services
NR7 Marina Centre Bus Terminal Pasir Ris (Loop)

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