Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Pre-construction - Corporation

The area where Corporation station is to be built is currently a semi-developed area. On one side sits the Jurong West estate and former campus of Jurong Junior College, while the other is currently a green field which will be developed in time to come. A render shared by MP for the area, Mr. Desmond Lee, shows buildings developed by the Jurong Town Council being connected to the future station.

A render of Corporation station.
Source: Desmond Lee

Monday, March 4, 2019

Pre-Construction - Tengah, Hong Kah & Tengah Plantation

Being built as a new township, Tengah estate will see several Jurong Region Line stations serving the different districts within the town. Tengah station is to be located at the town centre, Hong Kah station will serve the southern portion while Tengah Plantation station serves the plantation residential district. In future, another station may be added further north between Tengah and Choa Chu Kang West stations to serve the north eastern portion of the town. All of these stations lie within a currently heavily vegetated area and works are underway to clear the area for construction activities to commence on the new town.

Station locations within Tengah New Town.
Source: LTA

Friday, March 1, 2019

Pre-construction - Choa Chu Kang West

Choa Chu Kang West station under contract J102 is located along Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3, near the Sunshine Place neighbourhood shopping centre. Currently, Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3 is a two-lane double carriageway which will soon give way to a widened road median once construction works begin.

30 September 2018 - Satellite image of Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3 where the Choa Chu Kang West station will be located.
Source: Google Earth 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Contract J1018 - Advanced earthworks for Tengah Depot

Ahead of the award of contract J101 for the construction of Tengah depot, advanced works contract J1018 has been underway for the clearing of the land. Formerly a densely vegetated area, work has been going on steadily for about a year and progressively, the land is being leveled out in preparation for the commencement of civil works (building of the physical structures).

06 August 2001
Source: Google Earth

10 February 2018
Source: Google Earth

30 September 2018
Source: Google Earth

Monday, February 25, 2019

Contract tendering update - J101, J102, J103, J105, J110

Following the official announcement of the Jurong Region Line (JRL) in May 2018, the tendering process for the civil contracts began around November last year. To date several large civil works contracts have been floated for tender.

Contract list as of 18 February 2019.
These include the civil works contracts for the construction of Tengah depot (contract J101), Choa Chu Kang interchange, Choa Chu Kang West and Tengah stations (contract J102), Hong Kah and Corporation stations (contract J103), Jurong West and Bahar Junction stations (contract J105) and Jurong East interchange (contract J110). In total, there should be approximately 13 civil works contracts for the line. To date 5 of these contracts have been floated and 1 contact - J102 - has been closed.

Contract awards can be expected approximately 6 months after the closure of the tender while tender of the remaining contracts should be expected to be completed by the year-end. Once the contracts have been awarded, a ground breaking ceremony will be held - potentially some time after the first quarter of 2020. This is when construction along the line will begin to ramp up in intensity. In the meantime, advanced work contracts are underway to facilitate the relocation of utilities, with the bulk of these contracts due for completion by September 2020.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Pre-construction - Choa Chu Kang

Choa Chu Kang station is set to be the northern terminus of the Jurong Region Line (JRL), providing interchange access to the North South Line (NSL) and Bukit Panjang LRT. In preparation for the upcoming line, some changes have already taken place as of the time of writing, with others to follow once construction on the line gains momentum.

05 March 2017 - A view of the Choa Chu Kang bus interchange prior to moving to the temporary interchange behind Lot 1.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Station renders

Usually when a new MRT line is announced, the Land Transport Authority releases information to the press along with a few renders of how the stations would look. These offer perspectives of how the stations would integrate into the environments and allow the public something to look forward to. However, this was not the case for the Jurong Region Line (JRL) during its announcement. Nonetheless, we have looked around and found several renders that showcase the stations' designs.

Render for contract J1001 by GreenhilLi. According to Channel Newsasia, this station happens to be Tengah Plantation.
Source: GreenhilLi