Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded two civil contracts for the construction of four Jurong Region Line (JRL) stations and their associated viaducts, at a combined contract value of S$526 million.
The first contract, totalling around S$263 million, was awarded to China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (Singapore Branch) (CCECC) - SCB Building Construction Pte Ltd Joint Venture. It includes the design and construction of two JRL stations (JS11 and JS12) in the vicinity of the Jurong Town Corporation (JTC) industrial area. It also covers the construction of a 1.1-km viaduct between the two stations along Jurong Pier Road.
SCB is a local company founded under SCB Group which specialises in building projects. It was previously involved in the upgrading of Tuas Depot as well as undertaking addition and alteration works to the Thomson-East Coast Line rail facility building. The company was also involved in the construction of the Tuas Crescent Station and viaducts for the Tuas West Extension as a sub-contractor.
CCECC is a multinational engineering and construction company which is currently involved in the construction of the Pasir Ris railway turnback, as well as a viaduct stretch of the North-South Corridor between Sungei Seletar and Yishun Avenue 5. The company is also working on the trackwork for Circle Line 6 and the North East Line extension.
The second contract, totalling approximately S$263 million, was awarded to Hwa Seng Builder Pte Ltd. It includes the design and construction of two stations (JW3 and JW4) and a 1.4-km viaduct between the two stations, in the vicinity of Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
Hwa Seng Builder Pte Ltd is a local company with a wide range of experience in providing construction services. It was previously involved in the expansion of the KPE/TPE interchange, which included the construction of a link road to Punggol Central. The company also completed other LTA projects such as the widening of Woodlands Road, Choa Chu Kang Link, Stagmont Ring and Bukit Batok East Avenue 3, as well as improvement works for the PIE slip road between Clementi North Flyover and Toh Tuck Flyover.
Construction works under both contracts are expected to start in the second quarter of 2021, with completion slated by 2029.
The JRL aims to improve connectivity in the western part of Singapore by serving areas that currently do not have direct links to the rail network such as NTU, Jurong Industrial Estate, Jurong Innovation District, Pandan Reservoir and the future Tengah area. The stations at Choa Chu Kang, Boon Lay and the Jurong area are expected to add more than 60,000 additional households within a 10-minute walk from a train station. As key residential areas such as Tengah new town develop over time, even more households will benefit from the JRL in the future.
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