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LTA awards first three civil contracts for CCL6 railway project

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Station platform (above) and entrance (below) of Keppel Station. (Images: LTA)

Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded the first three civil contracts for Circle Line 6 (CCL6) project totalling S$1.75 billion. Works on these three contracts are expected to commence by the end of 2017 and complete by 2025.

One of them is the construction of two-level underground station located south of Keppel Road, next to the Keppel Terminal. The contract has been awarded to China State Construction Engineering Corporation Limited (Singapore Branch) and Nishimatsu Construction Co Ltd Joint Venture at a contract sum of S$313.8 million. This is the first joint venture partnership between the two companies for a railway project in Singapore.

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The contract to build the stretch of cut-and-cover tunnels connecting the future CCL6 Prince Edward Station to the existing CCL Marina Bay Station has been awarded to Koh Brothers Building & Civil Engineering Contractor (Pte) Ltd, at a contract sum of S$225.35 million.

In addition, Woh Hup (Private) Limited has been appointed to extend the Kim Chuan Depot. The expansion will cater to future needs and this includes almost doubling the depot’s housing capacity from 70 to 133 trains. The integrated depot will also house 550 buses, which will allow better land optimisation. This contract was awarded at a contract sum of approximately S$1.21 billion.

The 4-km CCL6 will have three stations and will close the loop for the Circle Line (CCL) by connecting HarbourFront Station to Marina Bay Station. When the CCL6 stations of Keppel, Cantonment and Prince Edward are completed around 2025, the CCL will have a total of 33 stations, including 12 interchange stations with other MRT lines. It will also expand the rail network to areas such as Spottiswoode and the southern edge of the existing CBD.

With CCL6, commuters will enjoy a direct route between areas in the west like Pasir Panjang and Kent Ridge and key employment areas in the CBD, as well as upcoming developments in the Marina Bay area. Commuters travelling from areas like Paya Lebar and Mountbatten will also enjoy faster access to the retail and office centres in the HarbourFront area.