Lavender MRT

by | Jun 9, 2022

Lavender MRT

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Guide to Know About Lavender MRT

The station gets called after the neighboring Lavender Street, which is supposed to be a satirical reference to the persistent odor of urine and nightsoil, which Chinese market gardeners employed as fertilizer. Lavender MRT station serves a cluster of HDB housing complexes and nearby business districts and the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) Building and public parks along the Rochor / Kallang river.

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Lavender MRT Station (EW11) is an underground MRT station in Singapore, located between Bugis Station and Kallang Station on the East-West MRT Line.


Although it gets built alongside the initial two-line MRT network, the Lavender MRT station did not open to the public until November 4, 1989, almost two years after the first MRT trains arrived in Singapore. The East-West Line segment from City Hall to Tanah Merah gets opened as Lavender Station. Lavender gets renovated to make it accessible to the physically and visually challenged, similar to other earlier stations. The station has stayed untouched since it gets erected in the late 1980s, except for some minor repairs.

Details about the station

The Golden Mile Complex, the ICA Building, and Jalan Besar Stadium are all close to Lavender station, located beneath Kallang Road. The station has the station code EW11 and gets served by the East-West Line between Kallang and Bugis stations. The station was one of nine on the original MRT network built as emergency bomb shelters, with steel blast doors and reinforced concrete walls 2 meters thick (6.6 feet).


The island platform configuration at Lavender station comprises two underground East-West Line platforms. The air-conditioned station is separated from the tunnel environment by full-height Platform screen doors, which improve commuter safety and station comfort. The above-ground ticket concourse gets reached through escalators, stairs, and lifts. 

Expected train arrival times and messages get displayed on passenger information systems, which are plasma display panels positioned at each platform. The visually impaired can use tactile flooring to help them get from the platform to the exits.


Basement 1 is home to the station’s ticket concourse. It has faregates for automatic fee collection and provides access between the station’s paid and unpaid sectors, with at least one bidirectional wide-swinging gate for passengers in wheelchairs and those carrying heavy things or traveling with prams.

Commuters can buy tickets for single or many travels at General Ticketing Machines, which also accept contactless card transactions like TransitLink Add Value Machines. Commuters can make travel queries at the station office, which serves as a Passenger Service Centre during operating hours.


Like the other of Singapore’s MRT stations, the Lavender MRT station gets modified between 2000 and 2006 to make it wheelchair accessible. A wheelchair-accessible lift connects the street and concourse level at the station entrance adjacent to the ICA Building. A second elevator, located beyond the station ticket gates, connects the concourse and train platform levels, the same as it does at other stations. Aside from the elevators, the station provides accessible bathrooms and a variety of markers and amenities to assist the visually impaired in navigating the station.

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