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November 22, 2015

Samsung wins $391m contract to build rail infrastructure in Singapore

Samsung C&T has secured a S$555m ($391m) contract from the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) for Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) (East Coast stretch).

Samsung C&T has secured a S$555m ($391m) contract from the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) for Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) (East Coast stretch).

Scope of work includes construction of Marine Parade station and its associated tunnels, which are scheduled to start by the first quarter of next year and expected to be completed in 2023.

"TEL will bring new connections to commuters living in the east, as well as reduce journey times by almost 25% from an 80min bus ride to 60min."

The 13km East Coast section of the TEL will link Sungei Bedok in the eastern parts of the country with Tanjong Rhu in the west. The region currently does not have a rail network to the city centre.

The section running through Siglap, Upper East Coast and Bedok South will have nine stations, including an interchange with the Downtown Line at Sungei Bedok.

The 43km TEL is being formed by combining the East Coast section and Thomson stretch, which serves the north-south corridor.

In addition to building the Marine Parade station, Samsung C&T is also undertaking the construction of Downtown Line 3 Expo, Tampines East stations, and TEL Caldecott station that interchanges with the Circle Line.

The company previously built the North-South Line’s Marina South Pier station and Downtown Line 1 Telok Ayer station.

The East Coast stretch will be completed in two stages. The first seven stations from Tanjong Rhu to Bayshore, including Marine Parade, are scheduled to be ready in 2023, while the remaining two stations will be completed in 2024.

Following completion, TEL will bring new connections to commuters living in the east, as well as reduce journey times by almost 25% from an 80min bus ride to 60min.

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