SINGAPORE: A contract worth S$325 million to build a new platform at the Tanah Merah MRT station has been awarded to local firm Lum Chang Building Contractors, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Wednesday (Oct 26).
Construction works for the additional platform are expected to start by the end of this year and targeted to complete in 2024.
The two middle tracks at the station will be used for trains between Tanah Merah and Changi Airport stations. Currently, trains going to and from Changi Airport use only the middle track, and trains have to wait for existing trains to move out before they can enter, resulting in a longer wait.
When completed, commuters can expect shorter intervals between trains, enabling faster travel to Expo and the airport, LTA said.
The layout of the new platform at Tanah Merah station. (Image: LTA)
Tanah Merah station will be the second to have tracks added to its original construction. The first was Jurong East interchange station, where an additional platform was constructed and its track layout modified in 2011.
LTA said it will work with the contractors to implement dust and noise control measures during the construction of the new Tanah Merah platform. Noise barriers and privacy screens will be installed along some stretches of the new viaduct to mitigate the impact on residents living close to the station.
Together with the construction of the new platform, existing East-West Line MRT tracks will also be extended to connect to the new East Coast Integrated Depot at Changi. The four-in-one depot will house trains from the East-West, Downtown and Thomson-East Coast Lines, as well as buses.