Work on three Thomson Line stations to start next year: LTA

Woodlands, Lentor, Mayflower stations and Mandai depot civil construction contracts worth S$1b awarded by LTA
Today Online 18 Oct 13;

SINGAPORE — Four civil contracts worth S$1 billion have been awarded by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) for three Thomson Line stations — namely Woodlands, Lentor and Mayflower stations — as well as Thomson Line’s Mandai depot, the agency announced today (Oct 18).

The Woodlands station contract has been awarded to GS Engineering & Construction. The South Korean firm is also involved in the construction for other stations, such as River Valley and Tampines East stations. When completed, Woodlands station will serve as the interchange between Thomson Line and North-South Line.

The Lentor station contract has been awarded to China Railway No 5 Engineering (Singapore branch). Its parent company has contributed to constructing roads, railways and other public works across China.

The Mayflower station contract has been awarded to Gammon Construction Singapore Branch (GPL). GPL has contributed to other LTA projects, and is currently involved in Downtown Line’s Chinatown station.

These stations will serve to connect the Thomson Line to the North-South and Circle Lines through Woodlands and Caldecott stations respectively to improve connectivity for commuters working and residing in Woodlands, Lentor, Thomson and Ang Mo Kio, said the LTA. They will also serve as Civil Defence shelters.

In addition to the various Thomson Line stations, LTA also awarded the construction of Thomson Line’s Mandai Depot to Jurong Primewide. The company is currently involved in constructing the depot for Tuas West Extension.

Construction works are expected to start by the first quarter of next year. The Woodlands interchange station and Mandai depot are scheduled to be completed in the year 2019 while Lentor and Mayflower stations are scheduled to be completed in 2020.

Fully underground, Thomson Line comprises 22 stations, including six interchange stations: Woodlands, Caldecott, Stevens, Orchard, Outram Park and Marina Bay.

4 Thomson Line contracts awarded
Work on 3 stations, a train depot to begin next year
Daryl Chin Straits Times 19 Oct 13;

MORE than a billion dollars' worth of contracts has been awarded by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to four companies for the construction of three stations and a train depot for the upcoming Thomson MRT Line.

Work on the new Woodlands, Lentor and Mayflower stations, as well as the Mandai depot, is expected to begin in the first quarter of next year, according to a LTA statement released yesterday.

The Woodlands interchange station and Mandai depot are set to be completed in 2019, with the Lentor and Mayflower stations following a year later. South Korean firm GS Engineering and Construction Corp, which is also building the Hillview, Cashew, River Valley and Tampines East stations on the Downtown Line, won the Woodlands tender for $292 million.

Located next to Woodlands Civic Centre, the new station will be connected to the existing Woodlands MRT station on the North-South Line.

The $247 million contract for Lentor station, along Lentor Drive and near Ang Mo Kio Thye Hua Kwan Hospital, went to China Railway No. 5 Engineering Group. The firm is a subsidiary of China Railway Group, the largest integrated railway construction contractor in China, which has built highways and other infrastructure across the country.

Mayflower station, sited next to Kebun Baru community centre along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4, will be constructed by the local arm of Hong Kong-based Gammon Construction, which is also involved in the Boon Lay Extension Trackwork and upgrading of Woodsville Interchange in Serangoon.

The $329 million contract for the Mandai depot, located along the Seletar Expressway, was awarded to Jurong Primewide, a local company that was also behind the first MRT Tuas West Extension.

The LTA said that when completed, the three stations on the 30km Thomson Line, which will double up as civil defence shelters, will make it more convenient for those residing in Woodlands, Lentor, Thomson and Ang Mo Kio to commute to the Central Business District as well as Marina Bay area developments.

Commuters heading from Woodlands South to Gardens by the Bay, for instance, are expected to shave around 25 minutes off travelling time, as a direct train ride will take only 45 minutes.

Comprising 22 stations in all, the $18 billion Thomson line will run fully underground.