The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will be calling several tenders for the construction of the 21.5km North-South Corridor (NSC) in the forthcoming months.
With the purpose of linking towns in the northern area to the city centre, the NSC is touted as Singapore’s first integrated transport corridor, featuring cycling trunk routes and constant bus lanes, said the LTA.
Aside from making it more easy to travel between Woodlands, Sembawang, Yishun and Ang Mo Kio, the continuous bus lanes are expected to reduce travelling time to the city by up to 30 minutes.
Cyclists can also look forward to the bicycling trunk route, which will link the various park connectors and committed cycling trails within the HDB towns along the hallway to downtown.
“The reconfigured NSC will open up new and exciting transportation opportunities for Singapore, especially for residents remaining along the NSC,” said LTA’s Chief Executive, Chew Men Leong.
Major construction works are anticipated to start in 2017 and the NSC is expected to be completed around 2026.
Singapore’s Woh Hup will assemble Amber MRT station for a contract amount of $146 million, while MCC Group’s building unit, China Jingye Engineering Corporation Limited (Singapore Branch), acquired the $188 million contract to construct the Bedok South station and its affiliated tunnels.
The TEL’s 13km East Coast stretch will serve residents living in the eastern part of Singapore who are not directly served by the existing railroad system, for example those in Bedok South, Siglap, Marine Parade, Upper East Coast and Tanjong Rhu.
It’s targeted to be completed in two phases, with the first seven stations from Tanjong Rhu while the remaining two stations are scheduled to be operational by 2024 to Bayshore anticipated to be prepared in 2023.