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Foreign contractors sought for MRT deals

Construction demands up, with new rail lines and extensions in the pipeline

Published on May 6, 2013 7:43 AM
Contractors from South Korea, Italy, Australia and China have been invited to bid for MRT projects. Picture shows construction of the Downtown Line along Bukit Timah Road in 2011. -- ST FILE PHOTO

THE Land Transport Authority (LTA) is wooing more foreign contractors to help local firms cope with the construction demands of the Republic's new MRT lines.

Foreign contractors from South Korea, Italy, Australia and China have been asked to bid for the clutch of MRT projects that are up for grabs over the next 10 years, which will double the MRT network to 360km by 2030.

LTA officials are meeting these contractors and asking them to build stations and carry out tunnelling work for half a dozen MRT projects. These include the Downtown and Thomson lines, which are in various stages of planning and construction currently.

Things will get even busier with new lines (the Cross Island Line, Jurong Regional Line and Eastern Region Line) and three extensions (Circle Line, North-East Line and Downtown Line 3) which will be built by 2030. All in, the LTA will be juggling three MRT construction projects at any one time over the next 17 years.

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