LTA awards S$604m civil contract for Cross Island Line Phase 1

THE Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded Samsung C&T Corporation a S$604 million civil contract to design and construct the Hougang interchange station and tunnels as part of the Cross Island Line (CRL) Phase 1.

In a press statement on Friday, LTA said this will cover the design and construction of Hougang interchange station and tunnels, as well as addition and alteration works to the existing Hougang station along the North East Line (NEL).

Construction works for the CRL Hougang station are expected to start in Q4 of 2021 with passenger service slated to commence in 2030.

The CRL is Singapore's eighth MRT line and will be constructed in three phases. Almost half of its stations will be interchanges with other rail lines.

Phase 1 of the CRL will be 29 kilometres long and comprises 12 stations to serve residential and industrial areas including Hougang. LTA expects over 100,000 households to benefit from this phase of the CRL, which is expected to be completed by 2029.

Formerly known as Samsung Corporation, Samsung C&T is the parent company of Samsung Group.

The firm is currently involved in the construction of Caldecott and Marine Parade stations on the Thomson-East Coast Line, Xilin station on the Downtown Line 3 (DTL 3) Extension, as well as some stretches of tunnels along the North-South Corridor.

Samsung C&T had previously completed the construction of Hougang and Kovan stations along NEL, as well as Expo and Upper Changi stations along DTL 3.

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