Singapore LTA’s Thomson Line contract awards begin
Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded Contract T213 for the construction of Caldecott Station and associated tunnels to Samsung C&T Corporation for a contract sum of approximately $285M. Scheduled to complete in year 2020, Caldecott station will become an interchange station connecting the future 30km long, fully underground Thomson Line with the existing Circle Line.
Construction of the station and tunnels will start in August 2013 and is targeted to complete in 2020. Samsung C&T Corporation is currently involved in LTA projects including the construction of Downtown Line 3’s Expo and Upper Changi Station, and the design and construction of the Marina Coastal Expressway.
When the Thomson Line Caldecott station is completed in 2020, commuters will be able to enjoy a direct route between Woodlands and Caldecott stations in 25 minutes as compared to the current 40 minutes it takes to travel along the North South Line and transfer to the Circle Line at Bishan.
In addition, Contract T206 was awarded to Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co., Ltd for a contract sum of approximately $421M. This contract includes the construction and completion of Thomson Line twin bored tunnels between Woodlands Station and Woodlands South Station and twin bored tunnels between Woodlands South Station and crossover tunnels adjacent to Woodlands Ave 12. The contract will also include tunnels linking Woodlands station to the Mandai depot. The total length of the bored tunnels in Contract T206 is approximately 7km, comprising of approximately 550m of cut and cover tunnel. Construction of the works will start August 2013 and are targeted to complete in 2019.
Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co., Ltd is currently involved in the design and construction of Newton station and tunnels for Downtown Line 2, construction of tunnels between Tampines East station and Upper Changi station for Downtown Line 3 and the construction of viaducts for Tuas West Extension and Gul Circle station.
The Thomson Line will enhance rail connectivity in the north-south corridors to the Central Business District (CBD) and developments in the Marina Bay area. Fully underground, it comprises 22 stations, including six interchange stations: Woodlands, Caldecott, Stevens, Orchard, Outram Park and Marina Bay. These interchange stations will link to the North-South-East-West Line (NSEWL), Downtown Line (DTL) and North-East Line (NEL) and East West Line (EWL), providing greater accessibility and significantly improve travel time for commuters.