Telok Ayer MRT

by | Jun 9, 2022

Telok Ayer MRT

telok ayer mrt station facade

Want To Know About Telok Ayer MRT?

Telok Ayer MRT station is an MRT station on the Downtown Line is underground (DTL). The Telok Ayer MRT, located in Outram, Singapore, serves several workplaces and commercial complexes around Cross Street and Telok Ayer Street. SBS Transit is in charge of the station.

Cross Street MRT station was first announced in 2005 as part of the Circle line’s Downtown extension construction required diverting traffic on Cross Street to a temporary bridge while the DTL tunnels above the operational East-West line tunnels. The station, which opened in 2013 alongside the DTL Stage 1 stations, includes an Art-in-Transit piece by Lim Shing Ee called Charm of Bay.

telok ayer mrt station

About Telok Ayer MRT

It is located between the Robinson Road commercial district and the Chinatown civic district, near Cross Street and Telok Ayer Street. Telok Ayer, which means “bay water” in Malay, is a historic coastal roadway along the bay that served as the landing spot and focal point for Chinese immigration. Since then, land reclamation has stretched the coastline to the current location of the Central Business District. The station surrounded high-rise office buildings and historic shophouses that hold a variety of food and beverage establishments, highlighting the area’s diversity. 

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In December 2010, a temporary viaduct was installed during the station’s development. When the Land Transport Authority (LTA) inaugurated the 3.4-kilometre (2.1-mile) Downtown extension (DTE) on June 14, 2005, the station was first known as Cross Street station. The DTE was supposed to be an extension of the Circle line that would run from Milennia (now Promenade) station to Chinatown station. The DTE was redesigned in 2007 to become the initial stage of the 40-kilometre Downtown line. A joint venture between Samsung Corporation and Soletanche Bachy France was awarded Contract 908 building of Cross Street station and accompanying tunnels for S$224.9 million (US$151.47 million).

telok ayer mrt concourse  

Downtown Line (B2) Platforms:

Telok Ayer station and subsequent stations Downtown and in Chinatown have two platforms in a side platform design, with both platforms used for trains travelling in either direction. The air-conditioned station is isolated from the subterranean environment by full-height Platform screen doors, which improve commuter safety and station comfort. The concourse reached through escalators, stairs, and lifts. Expected train arrival times and messages displayed on Passenger Information Systems are plasma display panels positioned at each platform. 

telok ayer mrt platform  

Art in Transit

Telok Ayer, which means “bay water” in Malay, is a historic coastal roadway along the bay that served as the landing spot and focal point for Chinese immigration. “Charm of Bay” pays homage to the area’s heritage by employing abstract forms inspired by plantations and water components, each pointing to or linking to the next as though telling a story about the past. The three giant bulbous constructions resemble prehistoric monuments, marking the arrival of Chinese immigrants while also tracing the ever-changing traffic across time as the past collides with the present through their shadows projected on the floor. The artwork viewed as a whole transforms the concourse into a fanciful environment that greets passengers.

telok ayer mrt wall  

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