First Two Walk2Ride Contracts Covering 59 MRT Stations Awarded
A sheltered walkway building programme will add more than 200km of new sheltered walkways – four times more than the 46km today – to bring added comfort to all who walk to their ride on the public transport network.
2. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded the first two of four contracts worth $156.6 million under the Walk2Ride programme. Under these two contracts, LTA will construct sheltered walkways around 59 MRT stations in the north-eastern and north-western parts of Singapore. These walkways will provide sheltered connectivity to all developments within a 400m radius around the 59 stations.
3. The first contract, which covers 24 MRT stations in the north-western part of Singapore, is awarded to Singapore Piling & Civil Engineering Pte Ltd – Shincon Industrial Pte Ltd Joint Venture for $80.3 million, and the second contract, which covers 35 MRT stations in the north-eastern part of Singapore, is awarded to Planar One & Associates Pte Ltd for $76.3 million.
4. Both contracts will also include the provision of way finding signage and locality maps. LTA and the Health Promotion Board (HPB) are also collaborating to integrate health information at rest-stops located along these sheltered walkways.
5. Works for the two contracts are expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2014 and will complete progressively by 2018.
6. LTA has also called two more tenders to extend the programme to another 29 MRT stations, 38 LRT stations and one bus interchange.
7. When the entire Walk2Ride programme is completed in 2018, commuters will enjoy a more comfortable walk to the transport nodes to get to their destinations – rain or shine.
8. Please refer to Annex A for the list of the locations and Annex B for the artist impressions of the Walk2Ride facility.
About the Walk2Ride Programme
9. Currently, sheltered walk ways are provided from transport nodes to schools and health care facilities within a 200m radius. Sheltered walkways are also provided within residential estates by the Town Councils.
10. Under the Walk2Ride programme, which was announced in January 2013, LTA will expand the coverage of the sheltered walkway network by ensuring sheltered connectivity between transport nodes and schools, health care facilities, residential developments and public amenities within a 400m radius of all MRT stations and within a 200m radius of all LRT stations and bus interchanges. The Walk2Ride programme will also connect about 100 existing bus shelters with high usage to trip generating hubs within a 200m radius of these bus shelters.
11. Besides sheltered walkways, LTA will also ensure barrier-free connectivity with signage and network maps for a comfortable, convenient and seamless journey when commuters transit between transport nodes.
Annex A: List of locations
Annex B: Artist’s Impression