Things to Know About MacPherson MRT
MacPherson MRT station is an underground MRT interchange station on the Downtown and Circle lines in Singapore’s Geylang planning district, located beneath Paya Lebar Road at the intersection with Circuit Link and Ubi Avenue 2. After neighbouring MacPherson estate Colonel Ronald MacPherson, the first Colonial Secretary of the Straits Settlements in 1867.
MacPherson MRT Station (CC10/DT26) is a Circle Line (CCL) Stage 2 and Downtown Line Stage 3 sub terranean interchange station.
About MacPherson MRT
The MacPherson and Kampong Ubi planning subzones meet here. MacPherson MRT is located beneath Paya Lebar Road, between Circuit Link and Ubi Avenue 2. Colonel Ronald Macpherson, the first Colonial Secretary of the Straits Settlements in 1867, is remembered at the station and the neighbouring housing complex. The MacPherson housing estate and the Ubi industrial area are served by MacPherson Station, surrounded by a mix of commercial and industrial buildings, housing board flats, and a school.
Econ Corporation Ltd NCC International AB Joint Venture was granted Contract 822 for the building of MacPherson station, with a contract value of about S$300 million. However, due to major pending works’ on the two stations, Econ Corporation dropped out in 2005 due to financial concerns, and LTA sought to replace the contractors involved.  A portion of Paya Lebar Road, Circuit Link, and Ubi Avenue 2 had to shift to allow for the building of the CCL station. In September 2007, Chye Joo Construction awarded a contract worth S$17.5 million to complete the MacPherson and Tai Seng MRT stations.
B4 Downtown Line:
The Downtown Line’s MacPherson MRT Station features two platforms in a side platform design, with trains running in both directions using both platforms. The air-conditioned station is isolated from the subterranean environment by full-height Platform screen doors, which improve commuter safety and station comfort. Expected train arrival times and messages displayed on Passenger Information Systems are plasma display panels positioned at each platform. Tactile flooring aids the sight-impaired in getting from the platform to the station exits. A paid link to the Circle Line Platforms is accessible from the Downtown Line Platform lifts and escalators.
The Circle Line (Basement 1) and Downtown Line (Basement 2) station concourses both have fare gates for automatic fare collection and access between paid and unpaid areas of the station, with at least one bidirectional wide-swinging gate for passengers in wheelchairs, those carrying bulky items, or those travelling with prams. Commuters can buy tickets for single or multiple travels from General Ticketing Machines, which Top-up Machines accept contactless card transactions. During operational hours the station office serves as a Passenger Service Centre, where commuters can inquire about travel options. Both Circle Line and the Downtown Line concourses have free linkages connecting them.
Circle Line Art in Transit:
The Virtuous Cycle is Macpherson Station’s metaphorical meaning depicting the confluence of human vitality and intellectual energy, channelled and sustained by the station’s machinery. The bright arrows the crowds have gathered in the Macpherson area red rectangles symbolise Macpherson Station. The station serves as a conduit, linking the general public to Macpherson while also recognising the community’s ongoing vitality.
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