Rising costs push bill for final stage of Circle Line to $4.85b

The Land Transport Authority says the bill for the 4km Circle Line 6 (CCL6) also includes the cost of expanding the Kim Chuan Depot (above) and the building of a multi-storey bus depot. Construction of CCL6, which will have three stations in the Kepp
The Land Transport Authority says the bill for the 4km Circle Line 6 (CCL6) also includes the cost of expanding the Kim Chuan Depot (above) and the building of a multi-storey bus depot. Construction of CCL6, which will have three stations in the Keppel area, has begun and it is slated to open in 2025.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Construction challenges, inflation and system upgrade lead to costs growing beyond initial projections, says LTA

The sixth and final stage of the Circle Line will cost $4.85 billion - more than half what the first five stages of the orbital MRT line cost.

The 4km Circle Line 6 (CCL6), which will make the Circle Line a complete circle, will cost $1.2 billion per kilometre, or five times the average per-km cost of the first five stages spanning 33km.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 11, 2019, with the headline 'Rising costs push bill for final stage of Circle Line to $4.85b'. Print Edition | Subscribe