China State Construction Engineering Corporation Limited (CSCEC) has secured a SGD79m ($58.48m) contract from the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) for the construction of tunnels between Punggol station and the future Punggol Coast station on the North East Line Extension (NELe).
Under the contract, the Singapore branch of CSCEC will construct an 830-metre tunnel between Punggol and the Punggol Coast station.
Work is expected to begin this month and will be completed in 2023.
The Punggol Coast station will be integrated with JTC Corporation’s business park in Punggol Digital District (PDD).
Plans for the new business park are currently in the design and planning stage.
The Singapore branch of CSCEC has completed many railway infrastructure projects in Singapore and China, including Downtown Line 3’s Kaki Bukit and Geylang Bahru stations, and the ongoing design and construction of North-South Line’s Canberra Station.
It has also won two Circle Line 6 contracts for the construction of Cantonment Station, and Keppel Station and its associated tunnels in a joint venture with Nishimatsu Construction Co Ltd.
The 1.6km NELe comprises the Punggol Coast station and will open along with the first phase of developments at the PDD in 2023.
Apart from bringing rail connectivity to the area, the NELe will contribute to the development of the district into an attractive live-work-learn-play environment.
The Punggol Coast station will also support the future developments in Punggol North, including new residential estates at Northshore District and Punggol Point District, as well as the Punggol Digital District, Singapore’s pilot Enterprise District comprising JTC’s mixed-use developments, and the new campus of Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT).
After the construction of the Punggol Coast station, the NEL will have a total of 17 stations, including five interchange stations with other MRT lines.
NELe will reduce travelling time from Punggol North to the city centre by up to 15 minutes.