Fort Canning MRT Station is an underground station located at the intersection of River Valley Road and Clemenceau Avenue. The name of the station originates from Governor-General Charles Caning who established the military fort in 1859 on the nearby hill. The station is located at the foot of Fort Canning on the northern bank of the Singapore River and close to Liang Court, UE Square, and Clarke Quay. Its convenient location is perfect to access Clarke Quay entertainment district and shopping malls, offices, and other amenities of the River Valley area.
The station has the combined style of the Fort Canning Park and the former National Theatre. The green-colored interior together with curved ceiling emphasizes and signifies natural elements component of the station related to the nearby park. Theatre is represented through typical stone walls and glass fitting at the ground level. It is also worth mentioning all the awards the station received including International Tunnel Association Tunnelling and Underground Space Awards, and Top 50 Engineering Feats. This is truly an engineering masterpiece. Canninghill Square is the former Liang Court that will go enbloc at River Valley.
Contract 937 for the design and construction of Fort Canning Station (formerly known as River Valley station) and associated tunnels was awarded to GS Engineering & Construction Corp. at a contract sum of S$255.05 million. Construction started in July 2011 and was completed on schedule in 2017.
One of the most interesting parts of the building is probably the Downtown Line tunnel connecting Fort Canning and Bencoolen MRT stations. To link the stations, engineers were required to build tunnels only one meter above the existing tunnel of the North-East Line. On the other hand, a tunnel connecting Chinatown station had to be made underneath the Singapore River and was also built quite close to the Central Expressway Tunnel. Both feats were recognized as one of the top 50 engineering achievements by the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES).
Of the practical parts Fort Canning station is equipped with two platforms, Passenger Information System, General Ticketing Machine, Passenger Service station and so much more.
Platforms are arranged as an island and both can be used for traveling in either direction. Platform screen doors are high enough to stop the tunnel air from entering into a nice and comfortable air-conditioned platform environment.
The station is fully equipped to enable access to passengers in wheelchairs or someone carrying bulkier items with nice wider gates. For visually impaired or blind people tactile flooring helps to orientate and get anywhere around the station with ease. The large lobby area is open and organized with fare gates, various displays showing information about next trains, and public toilets close for convenience. Station also has a retail shop in the large concourse.
Getting the ticket is possible using an automatic fare collection system or simply buying single or multiple journeys with General Ticketing Machine. For any problems or inquiries, there is always a Service center to help and advise.
In general, the station is showing mid to high passenger traffic due to its proximity to Clarke Quay entertainment center. On the outside, Fort Canning station is connected with two bus lines, taxi stands, and convenient passenger pick-up spots.