Gamuda wins CRL2 station and tunnels contract7 December 2023
Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded the civil contract for the design and construction of West Coast station and tunnels for the Cross Island Line Phase 2 (CRL2) to Gamuda Bhd Singapore branch.
The contract value is around S$510m (£302.6m).
CRL West Coast Station is an underground station situated on West Coast Road. Construction is expected to be challenging because of the mixed ground conditions, which include soft marine clay and hard sedimentary rocks. To ensure safety and ground stability, earth retaining and stabilising structures will be constructed prior to excavation and construction of the station structures.
Construction works for the CRL West Coast station are expected to start in the first quarter of 2024, with passenger service for CRL Phase 2 targeted to commence in 2032.
Gamuda, in joint venture with Singapore company Wai Fong Construction, also has the S$467m (£277.1m) contract for the design and construction of Defu station and associated tunnels for CRL Phase 1.
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.
The fully underground CRL will be built in three phases. Announced in 2019, CRL Phase 1 is 29km long, and comprises 12 stations from Aviation Park to Bright Hill. As of March 2022, all the civil contracts for CRL Phase 1 had been awarded. Construction works have started and are expected to be finished by 2030.
CRL Phase 2, announced in September 2022, is approximately 15km long and comprises six underground stations – Turf City, King Albert Park, Maju, Clementi, West Coast and Jurong Lake District.
Engineering studies for the CRL Phase 3 are ongoing and more details will be announced after the studies are completed.