Friday, 22 November 2013

Bencoolen flashback

Bencoolen station was the third station awarded to Sato Kogyo along Downtown Line 3 (DTL3), the other two stations being Mattar and Bedok North. This area in which this station is situated has seen the most drastic changes since construction began. Once a tree-lined street, the roadway was since closed and traffic diverted away to facilitate construction of the deepest station on the MRT network yet - at 43m below ground. With about 8 basement levels, Bencoolen station is pushing the barrier for deep-level MRT stations in Singapore. Here's a look back at the area before Bencoolen Street was closed.

22 September 2011

22 September 2011 - In an age where pay phones become increasingly hard to find, Bencoolen Street used to have booth
with the prominent red reminiscent of the London phone booth. A relic of the past that is now unlikely to be seen here.

22 September 2011 - Minor utility diversion works had begun ahead of major station construction

22 September 2011 - A wide view of Bencoolen Street, several months before its closure

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