Downtown Line 2 ready by mid-2016

IN PROGRESS: The Tan Kah Kee station construction site, which is part of the Downtown Line 2.

SINGAPORE - Stage 2 of the Downtown Line (DTL2) MRT project, which was supposed to be completed by December 2015, will now be ready by mid-2016.

In a statement on Thursday, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said it has appointed two new contractors for the three-station stretch along Bukit Timah Road where work had stalled.

McConnell Dowell South East Asia and SK E&C (Singapore) will complete construction works for three stations after the earlier contractor, Alpine Bau of Austria, went bust and filed for insolvency.

McConnell Dowell will complete the construction of Sixth Avenue and King Albert Park stations and associated tunnels for a contract sum of approximately $254 million.

Tan Kah Kee Station and associated tunnels will be built by SK E&C for $222 million.

The contractors were selected as they have the relevant technical expertise and resources to pick up quickly and commence completion works for the three stations, said LTA.

It said it would work closely with them to deploy more resources and manpower so that works can be expedited.

"With the expedited work schedule, DTL2 is expected to be completed by mid-2016," it added.

LTA's deputy chief executive Chua Chong Kheng said: "LTA's immediate priority is to start work as soon as possible now that the new contractors are on board. There is about 50 per cent of works on station and tunnel construction to be completed.

"We will continue to explore areas where we can expedite works to speed up the construction without compromising on the safety."

The other nine stations on DTL2 are progressing according to schedule.

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