Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded three civil contracts for the construction of Tanjong Rhu, Katong Park and Marine Terrace stations along Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) with a total value of around S$948M.
The construction of Tanjong Rhu station and its associated tunnels has been awarded to Bachy Soletanche Singapore Pte Ltd – Wai Fong Construction Pte Ltd Joint Venture at a contract sum of approximately S$294M. Bachy Soletanche Singapore Pte Ltd were previously involved in the construction of Downtown Line 1 (DTL1)’s Bugis and Telok Ayer stations. Bachy Soletanche Singapore Pte Ltd is currently involved in the construction of TEL’s Orchard and Gardens By The Bay stations. Wai Fong Construction Pte Ltd is currently involved in the construction of TEL’s Mount Pleasant Station.
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The construction of Katong Park station and its associated tunnels has been awarded to Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co. (Singapore) Pte Ltd at a contract sum of S$293M. Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co. (Singapore) Pte Ltd is an established contractor who was previously involved in the construction of DTL1’s Promenade station and DTL2’s Newton station. Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co. (Singapore) Pte Ltd is currently involved the construction of Tuas West Extension, DTL3’s tunnelling portion between Tampines East Station and Upper Changi Station, as well as TEL’s Shenton Way station and tunneling portion between Woodlands Station and Woodlands Avenue 12.
The construction of Marine Terrace station and its associated tunnels has been awarded to Ssangyong Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. – Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. Joint Venture at a contract sum of S$361M. Ssangyong had just completed the construction of DTL2’s Rochor and Little India stations. Hyundai is currently involved in the construction of DTL3’s MacPherson station after having previously worked on several rail projects including the construction of several North East Line (NEL) stations and the NEL depot.
Together with Marine Parade station, Tanjong Rhu and Marine Terrace stations will serve as Civil Defence shelters along the East Coast stretch of TEL. Construction works for the above civil contracts are expected to start by the first quarter of 2016 and targeted to complete in 2023.
The 13km East Coast stretch of the TEL will connect commuters living in the eastern parts of Singapore and who are not directly served by the rail network currently, such as those in Tanjong Rhu, Siglap, Marine Parade, Upper East Coast and Bedok South, to the heart of the city. As part of the 43km long TEL, the East Coast stretch will also connect commuters to the Thomson stretch of the TEL, which serves the north-south corridor.
The East Coast stretch will have nine stations, including a station which interchanges with the DTL at Sungei Bedok.
The East Coast stretch of the TEL will be completed in two stages. The first seven stations from Tanjong Rhu to Bayshore will be ready in 2023, while the remaining two stations will be completed in 2024.