Singapore LTA awards contracts worth £434m for five JRL stations

WCN Editorial Team 11 Sep 2019 ASIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded two contracts, together worth S$739.5m (£434.51m), for the construction of five stations and associated viaducts on the Jurong Region Line (JRL).

The LTA, a government body under the Ministry of Transport, has awarded the contracts to Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co (Singapore) and a joint venture of Eng Lee Engineering and Wai Fong Construction.

Shanghai Tunnel Engineering has secured a contract for the design and construction of three stations and viaducts, while Eng Lee Engineering and Wai Fong Construction joint venture will design and construct the remaining two stations and viaducts.

Under the terms of the contract worth S$465.2m (£273.34m), Shanghai Tunnel Engineering will construct three stations at Choa Chu Kang, Choa Chu Kang West and Tengah with a 4.3km viaduct.

Under the second contract, valued at S$274.3m (£161.17m), the Eng Lee Engineering and Wai Fong Construction joint venture will build the Hong Kah and Corporation stations and a 3.4km viaduct.

Construction is expected to begin in 2020 and is slated for completion in 2026.

The contract won by Shanghai Tunnel Engineering includes addition and alteration works to the Choa Chu Kang station on the North-South Line to integrate it with the new JRL station.

The joint venture of Eng Lee Engineering and Wai Fong Construction is currently involved in the construction of the TEL Mount Pleasant station and tunnels.

Wai Fong Construction is also involved in the ongoing construction of the North-South Corridor between Victoria Street and Kampong Java Road, along with the TEL Tanjong Rhu station and tunnels.

The Jurong Region Line is Singapore’s seventh Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line and will be opened in three stages starting from 2026. The elevated line will serve existing and future developments in the western part of the city-state.

The 24km JRL will have 24 stations, including three interchanges at Boon Lay, Choa Chu Kang and Jurong East MRT stations. It is expected to offer direct connectivity between the north-western and western regions of Singapore.

Initially, the MRT system is expected to serve 200,000 commuters daily, which is forecast to increase to more than 500,000 passengers daily in the longer term after future developments in the area are realised.

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Image: Metro rail at Mandai Depot in Singapore. Photo: Courtesy of Muggershell/Wikipedia.org.

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