Construction of Loyang MRT station for the Cross Island Line will begin in the fourth quarter of 2021, with passenger service projected to begin by 2030, the Land Transport Authority announced on Monday (Sep 13).
$748 Million Contract Awarded for Design & Construction
The joint venture between Woh Hup Pte Ltd and Dongah Geological Engineering Co., Ltd, Singapore Branch have been awarded the civil contract for the design and construction of Loyang MRT station and tunnels, as well as Loyang Viaduct directly above the station for the Cross Island Line (CRL).
Earth Retaining and Stabilising Structure (ERSS) and deep excavation works
LTA said that construction works for the station will be carried out under “challenging ground conditions”.
It added that the material needed to excavate are “typically weaker at the transition point between the mainly soft Old Alluvium (predominantly soil-like material) and hard Bukit Timah Granite.”
As such, a specially-designed machine will be used to carry out safe excavation works, and both LTA and the contractor will be monitoring the works closely to ensure that these works are carried out safely and minimise any inconveniences.
Loyang Viaduct above MRT station
LTA mentioned that as part of improvements to the infrastructure for the Changi Northern Corridor, the civil contract will also include the construction of a stretch of the Loyang Viaduct located above the station.
The full vehicular viaduct with vertical noise barriers will be situated along Loyang Avenue between Tampines Expressway and Loyang Way.
When completed, residents and motorists in Changi can look forward to increased convenience, shorter travelling times, and improved intra-town and inter-town connectivity.
Shorter Travelling Times with the Cross Island Line
The first stage of the Cross Island Line (CRL1) which comprises 12 stations, will span from Aviation Park to Bright Hill. LTA mentioned that the CRL1 will benefit over 100,000 households, serving both residential and industrial areas along regions of Tampines, Pasir Ris, Hougang and Ang Mo Kio.
Commuters can expect the CRL1 to halve travelling times from Hougang to Loyang Industrial Area, to just 20 minutes from close to an hour’s travel. LTA also estimated that it would only take 25 minutes to travel from Serangoon North to Loyang Industrial Area, from the 75 minutes travelling time of today.
The CRL would be Singapore’s eighth MRT line, connecting the country’s major hubs such as Jurong Lake District, Punggol Digital District and Changi. When fully completed, it will serve existing and future developments in the eastern, north-eastern and western corridors.
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Cross Island Line – SGTrains
“LTA Awards Civil Contract for Design and Construction of Loyang Station and Tunnels under Cross Island Line Phase 1” – LTA [Accessed 14 Sep 2021]
“#PSA 📢 We’ve just awarded the contract for the design and construction of the Cross Island Line (#CRL) Phase 1’s Loyang station and tunnels 🚇 to Woh Hup Pte Ltd – Dongah Geological Engineering Co., Ltd Singapore Branch Joint Venture. 🥳” – LTA/Facebook [Accessed 14 Sep 2021]
Construction of Loyang MRT station on Cross Island Line to start in Q4 – Channel NewsAsia [Accessed 14 Sep 2021]
Images adapted from LTA/Facebook and LTA