Tanjong Pagar MRT

by | Jun 9, 2022

Tanjong Pagar MRT

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Guide to Know Tanjong Pagar MRT Station

Tanjong Pagar station gets located between the civic area of Tanjong Pagar and the financial district of Shenton Way. The difference in architecture underlines the area’s diversity since it gets situated between dense high-rise office buildings and conserved shophouses that house a diverse range of small enterprises. Through the Ticket Concourse and Tanjong Pagar Xchange levels, the Tanjong Pagar MRT station gets linked to the Guoco Tower (Formerly known as Tanjong Pagar Centre) construction (B2 & B1)

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Tanjong Pagar MRT Station (EW15) is an East-West Line (EWL) underground station that serves residents and workers in the Shenton Way and Robinson Road region.


In November 1982, the government gazetted a 12,211.9 square meter (131,448 square foot) block of land between Wallich Street and Chong Guan Street for the station building, then known as Maxwell. Taisei-Shimzu-Marubeni, a Japanese consortium, was awarded Contract 108 in December 1983 for the Maxwell station building and the tunnels connecting it to Raffles Place station. The station was moved 15 meters closer to Wallich Street in 1984 to avoid a severe bend on the line. 

Grouting reduces the influence of tunnel construction on neighboring buildings’ structural stability by strengthening the earth stability around the bored tunnels during the construction of the tunnels beneath Robinson Road between this station and Raffles Place. The station’s name was changed from Maxwell to Tanjong Pagar in November 1986 in an attempt by the MRTC to give the system a more local feel. As part of the system’s extension to Outram Park, the station opened on December 12, 1987.

By June 2006, the station gets upgraded to provide disability access, and by the end of 2008, Tanjong Pagar Xchange, a retail area next to the station, had opened. The station was one of the first six in the system to receive flood barriers in 2013, making it one of the first six.


Tanjong Pagar station features an island platform arrangement with two 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 2 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.


Tanjong Pagar MRT station has seven surface exits connected to the station via an underground network. The additional exits are located in the basement and linked to other developments. 

Guoco Tower (Exit J) has lifts that connect directly to the Ticket Concourse of Tanjong Pagar MRT Station at Basement 2 and provide barrier-free access from/to street level. Commuters can utilize the lift at Guoco Tower (Exit J) to travel between Basement 1 (through Tanjong Pagar XChange) and Basement 2 for barrier-free accessibility from/to Exit K.

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