LTA awards civil works contract for new Downtown Line MRT Hume station

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SINGAPORE: A civil works contract has been awarded for the new MRT Hume station on the Downtown line, which is expected to open in 2025, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced on Thursday (January 14th).

The contract, worth S $ 34.3 million, was awarded to JSM Construction Group, the authority said in a press release.

Located along Upper Bukit Timah Road between Hillview and Beauty World stations, Hume Station will serve existing homes along Hume Avenue and provide more convenient access to the Rail Corridor (Central) and the former Ford Factory, LTA said.

The Hume MRT station on the Downtown line is located between Hillview and Beauty World stations. (Image: LTA)

“A station box with basic structural arrangements had previously been built for this station.

“The new contract covers the construction of a station entrance, a ventilation shaft and the fitting-out of the new station,” LTA said.

Most of the civil works will be done during engineering hours, LTA said in a Facebook post announcing the contract.

“As Hume station is along an operational line, most civil works will be carried out during engineering hours after rail services have stopped and when regular maintenance is not being carried out.

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According to LTA, JSM Construction Group has “extensive experience in the construction industry, including extensive experience in modernizing MRT stations”.

It is currently carrying out work to add and modify the Pasir Ris station on the East-West line and previously worked on the supply of additional platforms to the MRT-LRT station in Choa Chu Kang.

Beyond the civil engineering works, Hume station will also require the installation and testing of railway systems and electrical and mechanical services.

The contracts for electrical and mechanical services will be awarded “later this quarter,” while the rail systems will be procured from contractors who previously supplied them for the Downtown line, LTA said.

“Once the installation work is completed, tests will also be carried out before the station can open its doors to serve passengers,” he added.

Hume was originally built as a shell station because the pace of development and the growth in ridership in the region did not justify opening the station at the same time as the other stations on line 2 in the city center. city, said Senior Minister of State for Transport Janil Puthucheary in 2019.

But “sufficient footfall” was expected with plans such as redeveloping the rail corridor and transforming the nearby Bukit Timah fire station into a gateway node for surrounding nature and heritage attractions, Dr Puthucheary said.

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