[Pics] Chennai Metro’s Cocoon Shaped Airport Station

Civil construction work on Chennai Metro’s cocoon shaped Airport station is now complete! Only minor works, station detailing and ancillary work for metro operations such as track laying & installation of signalling equipment is left. The metro station at the Chennai Airport makes it the second airport in India to be connected with a metro service.

This station is part of the 23.1 km Washermenpet-Airport blue line and its groundbreaking ceremony was held on May 23 2012. The Rs 48 crore contract to build the station was awarded to Lanco Infratech on August 10 2011, but due to tardy work was re-awarded to URC Construction in January 2014.

Google Earth view:

The metro station has a total area of 17, 300 sq m with five levels:

• Basement: Car parking facility for airport users
• Ground level: Car parking facility for metro rail users
• Metro station ground level: Offices of metro rail and space for passengers
• Concourse level: Ticket counters and other facilities. Passengers will be able to access airport terminals through an access link tube from this floor
• Platform level: Metro trains will arrive on this floor

Station Schematic - Courtesy: The Hindu - view larger image

Station Schematic – Courtesy: The Hinduview larger image

Design Renders:

Courtesy: Creative Group

Courtesy: Creative Group

Courtesy: Creative Group

Courtesy: Creative Group

Images of the station during construction:

Courtesy: Creative Group

Courtesy: Creative Group

As part of the design, a glass tube link has been constructed between the station and the terminals to allow passengers to easily access one another.

Link between station & terminals - Courtesy: Creative Group

Link between station & terminals – Courtesy: Creative Group

Access link - Photo Copyright: LR Shankar/TOI

Access link – Photo Copyright: LR Shankar/TOI

Courtesy: Creative Group

Courtesy: Creative Group

A cool shot showing workers joining hands after completing the day’s work:

Shot on May day - Photo Copyright: L R Shankar/TOI Blogs

Shot on May day – Photo Copyright: L R Shankar/TOI Blogs

Photo Copyright: 20TwentyTwo

Photo Copyright: 20TwentyTwo

Photo Copyright: Ramachandran Palaniramu

Photo Copyright: Ramachandran Palaniramu

Completed structure – shot in May 2015:

In the top-right corner - Photo Copyright Binai Sankar

In the top-right corner – Photo Copyright Binai Sankar

Chennai's Airport metro station - Photo Copyright:

Photo Copyright: The Hindu

As a reminder, the Chennai Metro will soon start trial runs on the Little Mount – OTA line in October. The Airport stretch will take a little more time since the OTA-Airport stretch includes an underground trench that had to be built in front of the secondary runway’s flight path.

For more updates on Chennai’s metro, check out the Chennai section of The Metro Rail Guy!

– TMRG

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