The tunnelling works for the sixth stage of the Circle Line (CCL6), which connects HarbourFront MRT station and Marina Bay MRT station is completed.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) marked the completion of CCL6 tunnelling works on Wednesday (Jan 12) with a tunnel breakthrough event at Cantonment MRT station.
Completion of Circle Line 6 Tunnelling Closes the Loop
3 New MRT Stations for Circle Line 6
CCL6 consists of three new MRT stations between HarbourFront MRT station and Marina Bay MRT station.
CC 30 Keppel
CC 31 Cantonment
CC 32 Prince Edward Road
More Convenience & Travel Time Savings for Commuters
LTA said that the CCL6 will bring travel time savings of up to 10 minutes for commuters travelling from Telok Blangah to the Marina Bay area.
It added that commuters travelling from Paya Lebar to Mountbatten will “enjoy faster access to the retail and office centres in the HarbourFront area.”
“Those in the west such as Pasir Panjang and Kent Ridge can also have a direct route to the Central Business District,” it mentioned.
CCL Circle Line Is Now A Complete Circle
Tunnelling works for the CCL6 began in 2019, with the utilisation of three Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs).
The first stretch from Keppel MRT station to HarbourFront MRT station was completed in August 2020, followed by the stretch from Keppel MRT station to Cantonment MRT station, which was completed in July 2021.
This final stretch of works from Prince Edward Road MRT station to Cantonment MRT station was completed on Jan 12, 2022, thus closing the loop – signifying a complete *circle* for the CCL.
Kim Chuan Depot Extension & 23 New Circle Line Trains to Boost Fleet
23 new Alstom Metropolis C851E trains were purchased in 2018 to complement the CCL6 when it opens in 2026.
The first few trains are expected to arrive in Singapore later this year and are expected to make entrance into passenger service from 2024 onwards.
LTA added that the structural works for the Kim Chuan Depot extension works are “progressing well”.
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Factsheet: Completion of Circle Line 6 Tunnelling Works – LTA [Accessed 13 Jan 2022]
Circle Line 6 tunnelling works complete, 3 new stations set to open in 2026 – CNA [Accessed 13 Jan 2022]
MRT Circle Line now a real circle as tunnelling works completed, HarbourFront to Marina Bay extension opening in 2026 – Mothership.sg [Accessed 13 Jan 2022]
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