SINGAPORE: Construction work on two MRT stations on the Jurong Area Line (JRL) will begin later this month, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Wednesday (May 12).
The two stations, currently known as JS9 and JS10, will be located along Jalan Boon Lay near Enterprise Road and Jalan Tukang respectively.
Both stations are expected to be completed by 2029.
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The civil contract for the construction of the two stations, valued at S $ 241 million, has been awarded to China Harbor (Singapore) Engineering Company.
Formerly known as Zhen Hua Singapore Engineering, the company has been operating in Singapore for more than 35 years, LTA said. The company is currently involved in the construction of the Thomson-East Coast Line Siglap station. The company has also worked on rail projects in Macau and Thailand.
The contract also includes a 1.5 km viaduct between the stations, over Jurong Central Park and Jalan Boon Lay, LTA said in a press release.
The JRL is Singapore’s seventh MRT line. It will serve five key sites in the west: Choa Chu Kang, Jurong East, Boon Lay / Jurong West, Jurong Industrial Estate and NTU.
The line will have 24 stations above ground and will connect to the North-South Line and the East-West Line with interchange stations at Boon Lay, Choa Chu Kang and Jurong East MRT stations.
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The 24 km-long line was originally scheduled to start operations in 2026, but that timeline could be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, LTA said on its website.
“In light of COVID-19-induced factors such as the general labor shortage due to border closures and disruptions in the supply of materials, the completion times for a number of LTA projects have been delayed for a year, âhe said.
âThe revised track completion and opening timelines are being finalized and updates will be released in due course.
âLTA has awarded a contract for the supply of 62 fully automated, driverless car trains for the JRL. The first train is expected to arrive in Singapore around mid-2024. “
With the completion of the JRL, an additional 60,000 households will be within a 10-minute walk of a train station. As key residential areas such as the New Town of Tengah develop over time, more households will benefit from the line in the future, LTA said.
Commuters in the area will benefit from time savings once the line is completed. For example, it will take 25 minutes to go from Choa Chu Kang 4 Avenue to Jurong Industrial Zone, compared to 50 minutes currently, LTA said.