1 The Land Transport Authority (LTA) awarded two civil contracts for the construction works of five Jurong Region Line (JRL) stations and their associated viaducts. Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co (Singapore) Pte Ltd won the contract to design and construct Choa Chu Kang, Choa Chu Kang West and Tengah stations with a 4.3-km viaduct at a contract value of ~$465.2 million. Eng Lee Engineering Pte Ltd - Wai Fong Construction Pte Ltd Joint Venture won the contract to design and construct Hong Kah and Corporation stations with a 3.4-km viaduct at a contract value of $274.3 million.
Scope of Contracts
Design and construction of three stations with viaducts awarded to Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co (Singapore) Pte Ltd
2. The contract comprises works to design and construct Choa Chu Kang, Choa Chu Kang West and Tengah stations with a 4.3-km viaduct between Choa Chu Kang and Tengah along Choa Chu Kang Ave 3. This includes addition and alteration works to the existing Choa Chu Kang station on the North-South Line, to integrate it with the new JRL station.
3. Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co. (Singapore) Pte Ltd has an established track record of railway infrastructure projects for the Circle Line, Downtown Line and Tuas West Extension. It 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.
Design and construction of two stations with viaducts awarded to Eng Lee Engineering Pte Ltd - Wai Fong Construction Pte Ltd Joint Venture
4. The contract comprises works to design and construct Hong Kah and Corporation stations with a 3.4-km viaduct between them.
5. The Joint Venture is made up of two local construction companies with established track records. It is currently involved in the ongoing construction of the TEL Mount Pleasant station and tunnels. Wai Fong Construction Pte Ltd is also involved in the ongoing construction of the North-South Corridor between Victoria Street and Kampong Java Road, as well as the TEL Tanjong Rhu station and tunnels.
6. Construction works for these two contracts are expected to start in 2020 and slated for completion in 2026.
About the Jurong Region Line
7. The JRL is Singapore's seventh MRT line, and will open in three stages starting from 2026. It will be an elevated line serving both existing and future developments in the western part of Singapore.
8. The JRL will be approximately 24km long and have 24 stations, including three interchange stations at Boon Lay, Choa Chu Kang and Jurong East MRT stations. This provides direct connectivity between the north-western and western regions of Singapore. For instance, commuters travelling from the north will be able access the Jurong region directly through the JRL interchange at Choa Chu Kang MRT station, without having to transfer at Jurong East MRT station.
9. In the initial years, the JRL is expected to serve 200,000 daily commuters. This is forecasted to grow to more than 500,000 daily commuters in the longer term, once future developments in the area are realised.