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New Orchard MRT passageway set to dazzle

Opening today, the entrance-exit will link station to ION Orchard

BE ready to be greeted by friendly ushers and, if you are early enough, the aroma of a free cup of coffee will make your day too as you exit from the ticket counter at Orchard MRT station today.

Also, take time to admire the largest LED walls in Singapore when you ride the escalator to get out onto Orchard Road.

All these and more are what await commuters when a new 90-metre entrance-exit, boasting stylish design finishes and creative ceiling lighting, opens this morning at Orchard MRT station.

It replaces the existing Exit C of the station, which was sealed off for ongoing construction of ION Orchard above the station.

The new shopping mall boasting several global fashion brands is slated to open in early-2009.

Commuters should have no problem finding their way.

Other than ION Orchard’s suave male ‘butlers’ serving gourmet coffee and fruit juice to early commuters and MRT staff ushers, Wisma Atria has engaged a dancing ‘traffic cop’, believed to be the first in Singapore, to guide commuters who want to go to Wisma Atria and Ngee Ann City.

Traffic policemen who dance while directing traffic were popularised when videos of them were first posted on YouTube.

Disoriented commuters can also look to homegrown dance group Sugar N Spice for directions at the station this weekend.

‘The new entrance gives commuters a sense of anticipation for ION Orchard,’ said Soon Su Lin, chief executive officer of Orchard Turn Developments.

‘Aesthetics, comfort and convenience guide us in the design of our mall, as has been the case for this new MRT entrance-cum-exit.

‘When ION Orchard is completed, shoppers can expect a seamless and convenient access to the mall by train, car and public road transport and direct connectivity to adjacent and nearby buildings,’ Ms Soon said.

The new entrance-exit at the station brings commuters closer to Wheelock Place, Tangs and the upper side of Orchard Road.

The passageway also leads pedestrians to a new 117-metre walkway that stretches from the traffic light junction to Wisma Atria and Ngee Ann City.

The walkway will be fully covered in two weeks.

 

Source: Business Times 15 Jan 08

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