The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded two civil contracts with a combined value of SGD1.25 billion for works on the Cross Island Line (CRL) project in Singapore.

The first contract, worth SGD496 million, was awarded to Woh Hup Limited for the design and construction of the Punggol interchange station for the Cross Island Line – Punggol Extension (CPe). Works also include alterations to the existing Punggol station, allowing for seamless transfers between the CRL and the North-East Line (NEL).

The second contract, valued at SGD758 million, has been awarded to a joint venture (JV) comprising Obayashi Corporation and Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Company Private Limited. Works under this includes the design and construction of a bored tunnel between Fairways Drive and Sin Ming Walk, under CRL Phase 2.

Construction works on the interchange station and the bored tunnel are expected to commence in the first half of 2023.

The CRL is Singapore’s eighth MRT line, with the longest fully underground network spanning 50 km. It will be built in three phases. All civil contracts for work on Phase 1 have been awarded. Construction is underway with completion scheduled for 2030. Engineering studies are currently ongoing for Phase 3.

Once completed, the entire MRT line is expected to receive over one million passengers daily.