Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded the last three of 25 major civil contracts for the 30km long, fully undergound Thomson Line’s Orchard, Marina South and Gardens by the Bay stations and tunnels at a total value of around S$1.32bn.
Said LTA’s Deputy Chief Executive Mr Chua Chong Kheng: “With the award of these three civil contracts, LTA has awarded all the 25 major civil contracts for Thomson Line at a total cost of approximately S$7.77bn. Construction works for Thomson Line are currently in full swing and the line is on track to open in phases between 2019 and 2021.”
The construction of Orchard station has been awarded to Penta-Ocean Construction Co Ltd – Bachy Soletanche Singapore Pte Ltd Joint Venture, at a contract sum of approximately S$498M. Orchard station will be an interchange station connecting Thomson Line with the North-South Line.
The construction of the Marina South station and tunnels has been awarded to Sinohydro Corporation Ltd. (Singapore Branch) – Sembcorp Design and Construction Pte Ltd Joint Venture, for a contract sum of S$488M.
The construction of the Gardens by the Bay station and tunnels has been awarded to Nishimatsu Construction Co., Ltd – Bachy Soletanche Singapore Pte Ltd Joint Venture, at a contract sum of S$331M.
Together with Woodlands, Lentor, Mayflower, Bright Hill and Mount Pleasant stations, Gardens by the Bay station will serve as the sixth Civil Defence shelter along the Thomson Line. The station will also link Thomson Line to the future Eastern Region Line when both lines are completed.
The Thomson Line will connect the northern and central parts of Singapore to the city and the rest of the MRT network, provide additional capacity along the north-south corridors, and strengthen the overall resilience of the rail network. Fully underground, Thomson Line 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), North East Line (NEL) and Circle Line (CCL), providing greater accessibility and significantly improving travel time for commuters.