1. Residents of Bukit Timah and Bukit Panjang will have reason to cheer this festive season. Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Defence Lui Tuck Yew announced during a Ministerial Community Visit to Zhenghua Division today that the 12 stations of Downtown Line 2 (DTL2)1 will open in December 2015, ahead of the 1Q2016 timeframe announced previously. This means that the delay caused by the insolvency of Alpine Bau, the main contractor responsible for three stations2, has been completely recovered.
2. The 16.6km long DTL2 comprises one depot and 12 stations, including four interchange stations at Little India, Newton, Botanic Gardens and Bukit Panjang. These interchange stations will link to the North East Line, North-South Line, Circle Line and Bukit Panjang LRT respectively, giving commuters greater accessibility to the rest of the island and shorter travel time. A trip from Bukit Panjang to the city centre such as Marina Bay Financial Centre, which currently takes up to 60 minutes, will be shortened by up to one-third with the DTL. Travelling to entertainment venues and eateries in Coronation Plaza, Rail Mall, Bukit Panjang Plaza, Sixth Avenue and Beauty World Centre will also be more convenient.
On Track for Station Works and Train Testing
3. To catch up with the original schedule of DTL2, LTA explored ways to expedite the project while ensuring the highest safety and quality standards. Civil construction work and Electrical and Mechanical (E&M) installation works were precisely orchestrated to maximise efficiency, while weekly meetings and daily site checks were used to resolve any installation problems encountered on site expeditiously. Construction works for the DTL2 stations are now more than 95% complete, with E&M installation works now in the final stages for all the stations.
4. LTA has also set up a Local Control Centre at Little India station to allow for testing activities to commence earlier. Train testing for the stretch between Bukit Panjang and Beauty World stations began in January this year, and has been extended to all 12 stations since May 2015.
5. The current DTL Operation Control Centre (OCC) will be relocated to its permanent site at Gali Batu Depot when DTL2 is completed. The new depot, which achieved Temporary Occupation Permit status in January 2015, will have stabling capacity for 81 three-car trains. The at-grade depot has a seven-storey administration and workshop building, as well as other ancillary buildings to provide stabling, maintenance, operation and support facilities for DTL operations.
6. Since April this year, LTA has been testing operations from the Gali Batu OCC by switching over control and monitoring of the DTL1 systems from Kim Chuan OCC during engineering hours and switching back for actual service. Train testing across the DTL1 and DTL2 from Gali Batu OCC will begin by the third quarter of this year. To facilitate the opening of DTL2 by December, we will relocate the OCC from Kim Chuan Depot to Gali Batu Depot once these tests are completed.
1 The Downtown Line (DTL) will be Singapore’s fifth Mass Rapid Transit line, serving about half a million commuters daily when fully complete. The 42km long line with 34 stations will open in three stages. Six stations of DTL1 from Chinatown to Bugis commenced service on 22 December 2013. Twelve stations of DTL2 and 16 stations of DTL3 are expected to open in 2015 and 2017 respectively.
2 The three affected stations were King Albert Park, Sixth Avenue and Tan Kah Kee.