Shanghai Tunnel Engineering (Singapore) has been awarded a $S 465.2m ($US 337m) contract to design and construct Choa Chu Kang, Choa Chu Kang West and Tengah stations along with a 4.3km viaduct, while the Eng Lee Engineering/Wai Fong Construction joint venture has won a $S 274.3m contract to design and construct Hong Kah and Corporation stations along with a 3.4km viaduct.
Shanghai Tunnel Engineering’s contract includes alteration works to the existing Choa Chu Kang station on the North-South Line, to integrate it with the new JRL station. The company is also involved in the ongoing construction of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) Shenton Way, Katong Park and Bayshore stations and tunnels, as well as a stretch of tunnel from Woodlands Avenue 12 to the TEL Mandai Depot.
The Eng Lee Engineering/Wai Fong Construction joint venture is currently involved in the construction of the TEL Mount Pleasant station and tunnels. Wai Fong Construction is also constructing the North-South Corridor between Victoria Street and Kampong Java Road, as well as the TEL Tanjong Rhu station and tunnels.
Both JRL contracts are expected to begin in 2020, with completion expected in 2026.
The JRL is Singapore’s seventh metro line and according to IRJ Pro is expected to open in three phases from 2026. The elevated line will serve both existing and future developments in the western part of Singapore.
The 24km-long line will have 24 stations, including three interchange stations at Boon Lay, Choa Chu Kang and Jurong East, which will provide connectivity between the north-western and western regions of Singapore.
The JRL is initially expected to carry 200,000 passengers daily, although this is forecast to grow to more than 500,000 daily passengers in the longer term, once future developments in the area are realised.
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