LTA awards two civil contracts for Singapore’s CRL Phase 1 project

Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded S$766 million civil contracts for the design and construction works of the Cross Island Line Phase 1 (CRL1) project.

The first contract, valued at S$320 million, was awarded to Hock Lian Seng Infrastructure Pte Ltd for the design and construction of Aviation Park station and tunnels.

Hock Lian Seng Infrastructure has a strong track record of undertaking infrastructure and building projects in Singapore, said LTA. The contractor was previously involved in the construction of Kim Chuan Depot for Circle Line (CCL) and Marina Bay station along the CCL. It is currently working on the construction of Maxwell station along the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL).

Aviation Park station is an underground station located next to Changi Coast Road and Aviation Park Road. According to LTA, the ground conditions in this area are expected to be challenging as they are made up of thick layers of underlying marine clay. Safety measures will be taken when carrying out the earth retaining stabilising structure (ERSS) and deep excavation works to ensure stability of the ground and surrounding structures.

LTA added that the works will be conducted in strict compliance with regulations including aviation height restrictions, given its proximity to the Changi Airport compound. LTA and the contractor will monitor the works closely to ensure that they are performed safely.

Construction works for the Aviation Park station are scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2022, with passenger service slated to commence in 2030.

The second contract was awarded to Nishimatsu Construction Co Ltd for the design and construction of the bored tunnel between Tampines North and Defu stations. Totalling S$446 million, this contract includes the construction of a facility building with underground basements to cater to the electrical and mechanical requirements of CRL1.

Nishimatsu Construction has a strong track record of undertaking infrastructure, building and tunnelling projects locally and abroad, said LTA. The contractor built the tunnels between Ubi and Kaki Bukit stations along the DTL, as well as the reception tunnels for DTL to Tai Seng Facility Building. It is currently involved in the construction of Gardens by the Bay station on the TEL and Keppel station on the CCL.

LTA revealed that under the second contract, a tunnel boring machine (TBM) with a large diameter of about 12.6 m will be used to construct a single 2.9-km-long tunnel with two tracks in it. This will be the largest TBM ever to be deployed in Singapore and it is expected to increase work productivity and reduce manpower requirements. The tunnel will be constructed at an approximate depth of 35 m below ground level, and is almost 50 m underground at its deepest.  

Tunnelling will be carried out mostly in Old Alluvium, which is a predominantly soil-like material comprising sandy and silty clay, explained LTA. This abrasive ground condition is expected to cause some wear to the TBM’s cutting equipment. LTA and the contractor will closely monitor the TBM’s progress and ensure that all works are performed safely and timely with minimal impact to existing structures, including the shophouses in the area.

Construction works for the bored tunnel between Tampines North station and Defu station are scheduled to start in December 2021.

The CRL is Singapore’s eighth MRT line. It will serve existing and future developments in the eastern, north-eastern and western corridors, linking major hubs such as Jurong Lake District, Punggol Digital District and Changi region. The CRL will have almost half of its stations as interchanges with other rail lines, making it easier and more convenient for commuters to travel across the rail network.

CRL1 is 29 km long and comprises 12 stations from Aviation Park to Bright Hill. This will serve residential and industrial areas in Loyang, Tampines, Pasir Ris, Defu, Hougang, Serangoon North and Ang Mo Kio and benefit more than 100,000 households. With CRL1, common recreational spaces such as Changi Beach Park and Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park will be more accessible by public transport.

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