I was invited to the Opening Ceremony of the Marina South Pier MRT station, which was held on Saturday (22 Nov 2014), where Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew officially opened the station.
The station has a modern design, with cues taken from its location and vicinity being near the sea and sea ports.
The Art in Transit piece at this station is titled “Past. Present. Future.”, and is formed of over 27,000 retired EZ-Link cards.
The station abbreviation and code for Marina South Pier is MSP and NS28. The project, both tracks and station, is known collectively as the North South Line extension (NSLe).
Tunnels were constructed from the Marina Bay overrun to MSP using the cut-and-cover technique (as opposed to a tunnel-boring machine). An overrun is the length of track that extends past a terminal station which may be used for turning back or parking trains).
The construction took place almost simultaneously alongside the Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE). The station is built very close to the sea, on reclaimed land. Some figures:
- Total length of cut-and-cover tunnel: 1,378m
- Total length of station: 285m
- Depth: 18-21m below ground level
The station will serve Marina South Pier, Marina Bay Cruise Centre, and future developments in the area.
When the Thomson-East Coast Line is completed, there will be four stations in the area: Marina Bay, Marina South Pier, Marina South, and Gardens by the Bay.
I was (I think) at Tampines interchange one day with a few close friends – they were also bus enthusiasts – chatting about buses, transport, and everything else.
One of the topics brought up was the new bendy bus SMRT had just taken on to their fleet: a MAN A24 fitted with a body by Gemilang Coachworks. It’s the first bendy bus they’ve had for almost a decade – the last was registered in 2004.
As we discussed the new MAN bendy I eventually dropped “Ben” from the name, calling it “Mandy”. I remember we realised it was a rather ironic nickname – after all the bus was a MAN!
And so I used that name online on Facebook and on forums, and that was how everyone started calling SMB388S “Mandy”.
(Now to think of another nickname for the new MAN double deck SMRT just revealed. Also, MANDeck is a stupid name.)
I’ve written a quick guide for those new to the public transport network.
You might have noticed I’ve updated my bio on some of my profiles, such as on Twitter. Yep, I’ve started a new personal website!
I’m in the process of moving non-blog content from this site to the new site. I’ve hidden all content from this site, so you’ll probably not find what you want here.
You may be looking for these:
- Transport: still not yet migrated
- openBVE: still not yet migrated
- Paper bus templates: still not yet migrated
If there’s anything you want missing from this list, drop me a message, and I’ll look into it.