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Old January 22nd, 2003, 11:32 AM   #1
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The $6.7billion Circle Line (33.3 km, 29 stations, due 2010)

Transfers from Circle to other lines at 6 stations
DIGGING and tunnelling have started for the new 34 km Circle Line.


The underground line, which will loop around the city and cut across existing rail routes, is expected to be ready 'after 2010'.

The new line will be linked to the existing North-South and East-West lines, as well as the yet-to-be-opened North-East line.

Commuters will be able to transfer to the other lines at six interchanges - Bishan, Paya Lebar, Serangoon, Buona Vista, Dhoby Ghaut and HarbourFront in World Trade Centre.

The $6.7 billion project, which is being built in five stages, will allow commuters to bypass busy interchanges such as Raffles Place and City Hall when heading to areas outside the city, such as Paya Lebar and Bishan. It is expected to have 34 stations.

So far, the locations of the 16 stations to be built in the first three stages have been revealed.

These will be constructed at a cost of $3.6 billion.

Work on Phase I started in October. This part of the line will run from Dhoby Ghaut to Stadium Boulevard.

Phase II will extend the line to Upper Paya Lebar Road. Details of the third leg - from Upper Paya Lebar/Bartley Road to Marymount Road - were announced on Monday.

Each phase will be opened as and when it is ready.

The first six stations between Dhoby Ghaut and Stadium Boulevard are scheduled to be operational in 2006. The second and third phases are expected to be completed in 2007 and 2008 respectively.

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Old January 23rd, 2003, 12:20 AM   #2
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Wow! So many new stations. When the MRT first opened in 1987 I used to get on just for rides..I may do so again lol.

Facts & Figures
Project value
S$1 billion
Route length
5.4 km
Number of stations
6
Expected construction End 2001/Early 2002
Target completion date 2006

- A new 20 km North-East Line (mainly underground, fully automated) from the World Trade Center to Punggol is under construction (scheduled for April 2003). Woodleigh station will not be opened until the area gets further developed. The first 25 six-car trains were delivered by Alstom in Oct. 2000. It will be operated by Singapore Bus Services (SBS Transit). They will also operate two LRT feeder lines, the Sengkang LRT & the Punggol LRT.

- The Marina Line will be a fully automated metro along the sea front. The initial 5.2 km section (Dhoby Ghaut, Museum, Convention Centre, Millennia, Nicoll Highway and Stadium Boulevard) is planned to open in 2005/6 and might eventually be expanded to a 36 km long Circle Line. The next 5 stations have already been confirmed. They are, in anticlockwise direction from Stadium Boulevard station, Tanjong Katong, Macpherson, Paya Lebar, Airport Rd and Upper Paya Lebar Road stations, of which Paya Lebar station will interchange with the existing East-West Line.



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Old January 23rd, 2003, 11:16 AM   #3
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great news for singapore just adds to the glory of that place.
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Old June 16th, 2003, 07:28 AM   #4
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New NorthEast line finally opening!

I cant wait to check it out!


The NEL's finally opening, after seven years of gruelling planning, sheer hard work and setbacks. It was a mega-challenge, its project director tells Senior Correspondent CHRISTOPHER TAN

MR RAJAN Krishnan, project director of the fully-underground North-East MRT Line (NEL), has reason to feel on top of the world.

'Frankly, if you look at projects around the world, it's not often one gets a chance to work on a $5-billion project,' said the soft-spoken senior Land Transport Authority (LTA) officer.

The NEL stretches 20km from the HabourFront (the former World Trade Centre) in the south to Punggol New Town in the north-east.

It has 16 stations and links population and commercial centres such as Chinatown, Outram, Clarke Quay, Potong Pasir, Serangoon, Hougang, Sengkang and Punggol.

The building of the NEL has taken nearly seven years.

Mr Rajan, who started his career with the Housing Board, said: 'You get a couple of these projects in your lifetime and, hey, that's it.'

'And if you get five seven-year projects, that's your career - 35 years of working,' he laughed.

The 52-year-old civil engineer has just about that many mega-projects under his belt.

He was resident engineer for the first MRT line in the 1980s, then project coordinator for the Boon Lay and Woodlands extensions.

With the NEL completed and the trains set to start rolling this week, he is now overseeing other major tunnelling projects. The project directors of the Circle MRT Line as well as the underground Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway report to him.

Sitting down recently with The Straits Times in a rare interview, he talked about the NEL, which is the world's first fully-automated, heavy-load rail project.

'During the last few months before the completion of the Woodlands extension in 1996, we were told that we had to prepare ourselves for the North-East Line, when the Government gave the go-ahead.'

That came in January 1996.

He remembers the flurry of activity sparked by the announcement that construction of the line would begin.

'I had to yank six of my engineers off the Woodlands extension project. I told them they had to finish the job but, at the same time, they had to prepare for the North-East Line,' he said.

He then gathered six design people.

'October 1995, we had our first meeting. That was how we started,' he said. The core team of 12 began working at the North Bridge Road office, where SMRT Corp has its offices.

Although feasibility studies had been done as far back as the early 1980s, the actual task of delivering the line 'in six to seven years' was daunting, he said.

'We figured we had to start calling our first design-and-build contracts in June 1996,' he said.

'And we were letting out contracts, like, once a month.'

That meant that the other challenge - even before the first excavation began - was finding people for the job.

That wasn't as easy as it sounds.

The last major tunnelling job was for Phase I of the MRT line, which had been completed by 1987. Now, 10 years on, they were going back to underground works in a big way.

But all the specialists brought in from overseas had already left.

'There was a dire need to recruit people,' he added, and assembling a team, their biggest task at the time, took a good part of 1996.

The initial dozen eventually ballooned to more than 600.

Over the next six years, they managed by these five cornerstones: quality, safety, meeting schedules, working within budget, and environmental or public considerations.

'We took on the responsibility to ensure quality is there. We didn't pass it on to the contractors. We signed off the work, put our professional dhobi mark on it,' he said.

'Similarly, when we deal with the public, we front it,' he added.

This was a concerted effort because Singapore had become more built-up since the first MRT lines were constructed, and the NEL was going through a densely-populated corridor.

Not surprisingly, the public made itself heard over the course of the project. Some people called Mr Rajan personally.

One woman was booking an HDB flat in Sengkang and wanted him to tell her which flat to choose. (He faxed her a map showing where the Sengkang station would be).

Another called to say that her grandson, who would nap while she ferried him to school in the morning, was disturbed by the bumpy road diversions. (He had the stretch smoothened).

'Some of the feedback we get is very personalised...but it's all very valid,' he said.

'It gives us a different perspective.'

Some complaints were less legitimate.

'A guy who lived about 1km away from a station being built said he found some cracks in his house,' he said.

But the team convinced him that given the distance and size of the excavation, it was too improbable that it was responsible for the cracks.

Despite the precautions they took, the project was not accident free.

'We had five fatalities. There were a number of injuries too.'

He added: 'We must target zero, because one life lost is one too many.'

The sheer ambition of the project was mind-boggling, he said. 'When I first saw the plans for Chinatown station, the first thing that hit me was 'My God! Somebody actually wants to put a station there!'

'You have two big roads there. There's a canal in between, then there's the Garden Bridge...imagine what it is like during Chinese New Year.'

'And you want to dig up the whole place?' he recalled, eyes wide with remembered incredulity.

Indeed, Chinatown turned out to be the most challenging station.

The roads had to be closed twice because of cave-ins.

Another challenge was the integrated development at the Dhoby Ghaut Interchange.

It was the first time the LTA was playing property developer. And right smack in Orchard Road, no less.

The physical challenges included building a new station next to an existing one (Dhoby Ghaut), and devising ways to link the two so that commuters need not pass through fare gates when moving between the two.

The commercial development, eventually called The Atrium@Orchard, was to become a model for maximising land usage around MRT stations. On this score, the NEL, unlike previous lines, goes a step further.

'Except for stations just above road junctions, we have to build provisions to accommodate future developments so that developers can build on the station blocks or at the entrances,' Mr Rajan explained.

So far, two developers have done so. Centrepoint Properties has a mixed development at the Sengkang station; Far East Organisation is building another at Clarke Quay.

Now, the LTA is marketing a site next to the Serangoon station.

A third massive challenge was disposing of the earth dug up during the project - nine million cubic metres of it.

That became a project within a project: about six million cubic metres became landfill in Lorong Halus, Tampines.

The other three million was marine clay, a gooey, unusable material that had to be dumped at sea.

The LTA had to manage the disposal stringently, otherwise 'we'd have illegal dumping all over Singapore'.

'We're talking about a million lorry loads,' Mr Rajan said.

That worked out to more than 1,000 lorry-loads a day over the 2 1/2 years from mid-1997 to 2000.

Completely different but almost as intriguing was incorporating art into the stations.

Mr Rajan said: 'We'd never done it before. It's a completely new field. From a risk assessment point of view, something you don't know worries you more.'

They had to deal with artists, 'which is not my normal work', and have them work within the 'hard and tough world of contractors', he said.

Mr Rajan said: 'Initially, the idea excites you, but the path to that destination also worries you.'

But he worried for nothing.

The contractors went out of their way to help embed works of 19 Singapore artists into the stations' walls and floors.

'They were totally helpful,' he said.

'In the end, it shows we're back to our human side.'

There was also a community project where the hand-prints of 2,000 residents were cast as a permanent display in Hougang station.

'The contractor went from constituency to constituency, to schools, various places, over two to three months, collecting hand-prints,' he said.

It could not have been done if not for their own enthusiasm to see it through, he said.

Now that the line is going to open, Mr Rajan feels quite privileged.

There when it was conceived, he worked through its long gestation, and has now witnessed its delivery.

Not many of the more than 600 who worked on the project have been so privileged.

'Most of them have already left for other projects elsewhere,' he said.

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Old November 22nd, 2003, 02:41 PM   #5
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Wah...this looks damn outdated!
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Old November 22nd, 2003, 03:27 PM   #6
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Hong Kong still uses those rolling trio metal bars which you have to push yourself, so it's still reasonable.
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Old November 22nd, 2003, 03:47 PM   #7
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Sorry to disappoint you guys, but I found out that the CCLs trains will only have 3 carriages each. Look here

http://www.transport.alstom.com/serv...6507758&lid=en
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Old November 22nd, 2003, 04:26 PM   #8
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Sorry to disappoint you guys, but I found out that the CCLs trains will only have 3 carriages each. Look here

http://www.transport.alstom.com/serv...6507758&lid=en
Eh....that is just speculation lah.......
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Eh....that is just speculation lah.......

But it's on the manufacturers website!
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Old November 22nd, 2003, 05:09 PM   #10
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But it's on the manufacturers website!
Hmm...oh I tot you quoting from another forums....well they can also couple two sets together to make 6 right?
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Hmm...oh I tot you quoting from another forums....well they can also couple two sets together to make 6 right?
Yeah, but I think the stations will be built to be long enough for only 3 carriages.
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Yeah, but I think the stations will be built to be long enough for only 3 carriages.
Ney...negative. If you check out the plans for the train stations, they are of the same dimensions as the existing stations. I also recall they say Dhoby Ghaut has a reservation on the 4th level for the LRT system, and the Circle Line has never mentioned as a "semi" mrt line before....
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Ney...negative. If you check out the plans for the train stations, they are of the same dimensions as the existing stations. I also recall they say Dhoby Ghaut has a reservation on the 4th level for the LRT system, and the Circle Line has never mentioned as a "semi" mrt line before....
Oh? Then I dunno. Maybe the trains will be deployed according to the pax level.

Now, I think that the Bishan - Buona Vista sector will not be that under utilised after all becuase quite alot of people from the North will use it to travel to the West.
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Oh? Then I dunno. Maybe the trains will be deployed according to the pax level.

Now, I think that the Bishan - Buona Vista sector will not be that under utilised after all becuase quite alot of people from the North will use it to travel to the West.
Obviously...considering Buona Vista is a high-growth area. The Macritchie area is due for massive residential development too. And alot of ppl makes the assumption that a large private low-rise residential area dunt get traffic. Actually, the existing bus services that ply those routes are choke full most of the time.

It should be ok to have trains that are shorter initially I suppose, although I doubt they will do it.
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Now the route map is starting to look complex.

Anyway, I can never figure out which platform to go at Raffles and City Hall. I always seem to board the wrong train no matter which platform I go.
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Now the route map is starting to look complex.

Anyway, I can never figure out which platform to go at Raffles and City Hall. I always seem to board the wrong train no matter which platform I go.
I tried the Dhoby Ghaut interchange for the first time back in September and I was confused! I almost resorted to 'becoming a tourist' and asking someone for directions! Fortunately I was determined to follow the signs..I mean if the signs cant even lead me to the right platform then there is something seriously wrong with the user-friendliness!
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Haha...yeah..watch out man. Dhoby Ghaut is going to have 3 MRT lines and one LRT line all converging in one station. On my first trip there, I actually could not find the connecting route to the NS line...I nearly took the exit escalator until I spotted the purple signage on the roof. It was a close call.

Btw Kit, you arent alone with regards to City Hall and Raffles Place. I actually needs ot refer to the route maps if I want to transfer there, as I still cannot remember which platform is for which!
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Me different. I could've swore that I always go back to the platform I used the last time but that "same" platform always bring me to different places. Sometimes Bugis, sometimes Somerset, sometimes Tanjong Pagar.
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Me different. I could've swore that I always go back to the platform I used the last time but that "same" platform always bring me to different places. Sometimes Bugis, sometimes Somerset, sometimes Tanjong Pagar.
Wahaha!! Please do not tell me you are the famed "holan king" type in NS? Ok lah, nothign wrong with that, but for me, I would doubly make sure I dont go the wrong way because I do not want to run the risk of paying more!
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Haha...yeah..watch out man. Dhoby Ghaut is going to have 3 MRT lines and one LRT line all converging in one station.
huh? I know that here will be 3 mrt lines at dhoby (NSL, NEL & CCL), but ive never heard of a LRT line? where did it come from?
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