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LTA awards S$205m contract for Circle Line 6 to China State Construction

THE Land Transport Authority on Friday awarded a S$205 million contract for Circle Line 6 (CCL6) to the Singapore branch of China State Construction Engineering Corporation.

The deal, which represents the final civil contract for CCL6, is for the construction of Cantonment station - a three-level underground station along Keppel Road - to be built with a civil defence shelter.

Works are expected to commence by end 2017 and be completed in 2025.

China State Construction is an established contractor which has completed many railway infrastructure projects both in Singapore and China, LTA said in a press release on Friday.

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The firm most recently completed the construction of Downtown Line 3's Kaki Bukit and Geylang Bahru Stations, and is currently involved in the design and construction of North-South Line's Canberra Station. It is also in a joint venture with Nishimatsu Construction to construct the CCL6 Keppel Station and tunnels.

Once completed, the four km CCL6 will have three stations - Keppel, Cantonment and Prince Edward - and will close the loop for the CCL by connecting HarbourFront Station to Marina Bay Station.

This will bring the total number of stations on the circle line to 33, including 12 interchange stations with other Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) lines.

With the addition of CCL6, "commuters will enjoy a direct route between areas in the west, such as Pasir Panjang and Kent Ridge, key employment areas in the Central Business District, and upcoming developments in the Marina Bay area", LTA said.

Thus, commuters travelling from areas such as Paya Lebar and Mountbatten will also enjoy quicker access to retailers and offices in the HarbourFront area, LTA added.