Platform level of Canberra MRT station with the new C151C train.
|Location||11 Canberra Link|
|Owned by||Land Transport Authority|
|Operated by||SMRT Trains Ltd (SMRT Corporation)|
|Platforms||2 (2 side platforms)|
|Bicycle facilities||Yes (~500 lots)|
|Opened||2 November 2019|
Canberra MRT station (NS12) is an elevated Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station on the North South line located along Canberra Link at the junction with Canberra Way in Sembawang, Singapore. The station's construction started on 26 March 2016; it opened on 2 November 2019. It was built following a successful feasibility study conducted by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) after the idea of a new MRT station between the Sembawang and Yishun MRT stations was raised in the 2013 Land Transport Master Plan. It is the second infill station on the MRT network (after Dover MRT station), and the first in Singapore with a platform linked directly to an overhead bridge at the same level. With several green features included in the station during construction, it was also the first MRT station to be awarded Platinum for the Building and Construction Authority's Green Mark for Transit Stations.
The station takes its name from Canberra Link, the road beside which it is located. This road is named after Canberra, the capital of Australia. Like Singapore, it is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.
Canberra MRT station is located in the eastern part of Sembawang, next to the residential town of Yishun and near Sungei Simpang Kiri river. An estimated 17,000 households will benefit from the station.
There are new and forthcoming Housing and Development Board (HDB) public housing developments, private condominiums as well as landed properties (Sembawang Springs Estate) near the station. In addition, it serves Yishun Industrial Park A, which houses mainly manufacturing companies along with the Singapore Civil Defence Force 3rd Division Headquarters and the Yishun Fire Station.
The station will be linked to Canberra Plaza (currently under construction) via an elevated sheltered footbridge built across Canberra Link. Canberra Plaza is a three-story shopping mall built by the HDB as part of a forthcoming mixed-use transit-oriented development. It will be completed by the end of 2019.
|Artist impression of Canberra MRT station and image of the station's construction progress in April 2018 Source: LTA|
|Annex of the location of crossover track at Canberra MRT station Source: LTA|
The North South line, Singapore's first MRT line, opened on 7 November 1987. The stations from Yew Tee to Sembawang were opened in 1996 as part of the Woodlands Extension, with missing station codes NS6 and NS12 reserved for future stations along the line.
Both the Land Transport Master Plan 2013 (launched by then-Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew in October) and the Draft Master Plan 2013 (unveiled by the Urban Redevelopment Authority during a public exhibition in November) mentioned the possible addition of a new MRT station between Sembawang and Yishun stations. After a year of review, the Draft Master Plan 2013 was officially gazetted to become the Master Plan 2014 in June that year.
Between January 2013 and June 2014, in response to these Master Plans, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) started feasibility studies for a new station between Sembawang and Yishun stations in tandem with developments in the northern part of Singapore. Minister Lui concluded that the station could be built, and on 1 August that year, Canberra station was officially announced by the LTA.
– Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan, at the official opening of the station, on 1 November 2019.
The estimated cost for the entire station was S$228 million. On 27 April 2015, LTA awarded China State Construction Engineering Corporation (Singapore Branch) Contract 158 for the Design and Construction of Canberra Station at a sum of S$90 million.
Heavy construction work began on 26 March 2016 following the fatal Pasir Ris rail accident on 22 March where two SMRT maintenance workers were killed by an incoming train while performing maintenance on the tracks. This tragedy shined a spotlight on the need for safety for all rail operations involving workers working close to an operational line. As a result of the accident, LTA and SMRT implemented several measures to improve safety such as limiting major work to non-service hours, sheltering the tracks with a temporary enclosure during the roof's construction and creating a full-scale mock-up of the station structure and roof to determine the safest method of construction.
By September 2017, the station was 40% complete, with its deep foundation works in place and construction proceeding to the next stage where platform slabs were cast. By May 2018, the station was 55% complete, with most of its roof structure in place. Between 18 and 20 May 2019, a 72 m (236 ft) long rail crossover track was constructed at the northern end of Canberra station to connect the two tracks. The crossover track was built partly to reduce the impact of future rail disruption, such as the power outage that occurred on 7 July 2015, by allowing trains to switch to the unaffected track using the crossover.
During a visit to the construction site on 20 May 2019, Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan announced that the station would open on 2 November that year. The station was then officially opened by Khaw on the day before the opening.
For the construction team's efforts to integrate landscaping and the use of eco-friendly materials, the station was awarded a Platinum certification under the Building and Construction Authority's new Green Mark scheme for transit stations. Canberra station is the first MRT station to attain such a rating.
DP Architects and KTP Consultants (now a subsidiary of Surbana Jurong) designed the station with a nautical theme, thus the station shapes like a ship when viewed from the outside. This design was inspired by Sembawang's historical role as a British naval base. The station’s roof is modeled after wind blades to convey the speed of Singapore's public transportation. The sides of the station were constructed using glass rather than concrete to allow natural light to enter it. Louvers were used to provide ventilation.
The station has five entrances. An elevated sheltered footbridge built across Canberra Link allows passengers to bypass the concourse level and access the Marina South Pier-bound (city-bound) platform directly. The station also has covered pathways to a pair of bus stops, two passenger drop off and pick-up points and parking for over 500 bicycles.
The artwork in the station, Symbiosis, was painted by Singaporean artist Tan Zi Xi. It aims to emphasise the symbiotic relationship between flora and fauna. Residents and stakeholders from the nearby Sembawang Group Representation Constituency contributed to the artwork by drawing imaginative plants and animals after a workshop that involved a nature walk. Ms Tan developed their drawings further to suit the lively design of the station.
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