Aurecon’s business in Asia is going from strength to strength with the announcement that it will design three of the first five stations on Singapore’s Jurong Region Line (JRL) as well as major structures for the rail line.
Aurecon has been appointed lead consultant to Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co (Singapore) Pte Ltd (STEC), which has won the contract from the Land Transport Authority (LTA), to design and construct Choa Chu Kang, Choa Chu Kang West and Tengah stations, including a 4.3km viaduct between Choa Chu Kang and Tengah along Choa Chu Kang Ave 3 at a contract value of approximately S$465.2 million.
Yang San (YS) Go, Aurecon’s Managing Director for Singapore said Aurecon’s integrated bridge and stations team worked closely with STEC’s tender design and construction team to put forward an alternative design that offers a solution optimising the space in the rail corridor to ensure more efficient construction and reduced traffic disruption.
As lead consultant to STEC, Aurecon will advise on the detailed design encompassing civil structures, architecture and mechanical and electrical works. Yang San added that the company is excited to be working on the transformational rail project that will improve connectivity in the Jurong area and ultimately boost the region’s development into a second Central Business District for Singapore.
In addition to the new stations and structures, STEC’s contract comprises addition and alteration works to the existing Choa Chu Kang station on the North-South Line to integrate it with the new JRL station.
Yang San added that Aurecon is delighted to have been appointed by STEC, a leading civil main contractor in Singapore which has an established track record of railway infrastructure projects.
The JRL is Singapore’s seventh MRT line. It will be an elevated line serving both existing and future developments in the western part of Singapore. Approximately 24km long with 24 stations, it will include three interchange stations at Boon Lay, Choa Chu Kang and Jurong East MRT stations. This provides direct connectivity between the north-western and western regions of Singapore.
In the initial years, the JRL is expected to serve 200,000 daily commuters. This is forecasted to grow to more than 500,000 daily commuters in the longer term, once future developments in the area are realised.