Construction of Aviation Park MRT station in Changi to begin next year

The planned Aviation Park MRT station will be located next to Changi Coast Road and Aviation Park Road. PHOTO: LAND TRANSPORT AUTHORITY

SINGAPORE - The design and construction of Aviation Park MRT station will begin next year, after two contracts for the Cross Island Line (CRL) worth $766 million were awarded by the Land Transport Authority (LTA).

Works on the underground station next to Changi Coast Road and Aviation Park Road was contracted to Hock Lian Seng Infrastructure for $320 million, and will begin in the first quarter of 2022.

LTA said on Monday (Nov 8) that construction works, which also includes tunnels, is likely to be challenging as ground there is made up of thick layers of underlying marine clay.

This will require safety measures, such as deeper excavation works and earth-stabilising structures to be put in place, so as not to disturb surrounding structures.

Works must also follow regulations that include aviation height restrictions due to the site's proximity to Changi Airport.

LTA and the contractor will monitor the works closely until passenger service begins, which is expected to be in 2030.

The CRL will cut the time taken to get from Aviation Park to Ang Mo Kio by 70 minutes - to just 35 minutes.

Hock Lian Seng was previously involved in the building of the Circle Line's Kim Chuan Depot and Marina Bay station.

It is currently also involved in the construction of Maxwell station on the Thomson-East Coast Line.

The second CRL contract valued at $446 million was awarded to Nishimatsu Construction for the design and construction of the bored tunnel between Tampines North and Defu stations.

LTA said the works will involve the deployment of a tunnel boring machine measuring 12.6m in diameter, the largest tunnel boring machine to be deployed here, to scour a single 2.9km-long tunnel with two tracks in it.

The tunnel will be built about 35m below ground and will be almost 50m at its deepest.

LTA added that the sandy ground with silty clay will be quite abrasive and will cause some wear to the machine's cutting equipment. Extra care will also be taken to make sure that existing structures, including the shophouses in the area, will be minimally affected.

Works on the tunnel will start in December.

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