Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Acoustic Shed Dismantles

Dismantling of the temporary acoustic shed at the King Albert Park site commenced at the start of this month. A mobile crane and cherry picker is currently facilitating the dismantling, with the inner section of the shed closer to Maplewoods being dismantled first. The side barriers are being removed concurrent with the dismantling of the roof.

Entrance B has achieved BSC, and the escalators had just been fitted into the structure over the weekend.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Sheet Piling at Hume

Sheet piling works have been carried out on both sides of the road over the past 2 months. The sheet piles form an earth retaining structure for the subsequent excavation of the additional 2 structures that would extend from the existing station box. An integrated superstructures of the entrances and ventilation buildings would likely surface by the end of this year. There is a possibility that this station would open sooner than anticipated, perhaps even by the next decade, judging by the late decision of the additional works.

Hume site, May 2015

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Little India Realigns

Little India progresses onward as the next station to complete reinstatement works on the surface. The permanent realignment of the southbound Bukit Timah Road was implemented earlier this morning. The temporary road decking above the old canal will be subsequently demolished alongside the former Rochor Canal.

Realignment as of 7am (Photo Cr: Aran)

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Beauty World Clads

Fittings at the Beauty World station are almost completed. The hoisting and installation of glass panels commenced at the start of last month on Entrances A and B, and have completed since then. Entrance C's roof has been covered with an aluminium sheet and should commence architectural fittings soon. The network of covered linkways surrounding entrance B have been structurally completed.

Entrance B

Friday, 22 May 2015

Newton - T.O.P

The first of 12 stations along the Downtown Line 2 passed the Temporary Occupation Permit (TOP) inspection this morning. Testing of the trains have recently commenced from the operational DTL1 to Botanic Gardens.

Downtown Line Entrance to the Newton station

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Prison Shaft (II)

The final TBM is now 142 rings (approx ~199m, 55% completion) into the excavation of the BP bound tunnel from the Prison Shaft towards Tampines West. At the present rate, the breakthrough can be anticipated by mid June. The Land Transport Authority shared some photographs of the shaft taken earlier last month after the launch of the BP bound TBM.

Completed tunnels towards Bedok Reservoir

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Sixth Avenue Diverts

To facilitate the hacking of the temporary D-wall beneath the existing Bukit Timah Road, a lane-for-lane diversion was implemented at the Sixth Avenue site on Saturday morning. This is the final road diversion anticipated along Bukit Timah road under the Downtown Line project. The works are envisaged to take around 2 months to complete and the permanent reinstatement will take place then.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Hillview Superstructures

We review the progress of the numerous superstructures that have emerged at the Hillview site.

Northbound Entrance
While architectural works on the exterior facade remain at a standstill due to the flyover works, the M&E installations proceed within the entrance. The ceiling panels are being installed as well. The column-mount CCTVs have arrived at the entrance in full view from the junction.

Northbound entrance with the pre-installed CCTV mounts

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Cashew Clads

Cladding works on the 2 ventilation buildings have completed. The reinstatement of the Woodlands bound carriageway is almost done and the permanent realignment shall take place soon. Pictures were taken round the station entrance showing the various angles of the facades. The integrated bus bay and drop-off bay is currently being constructed outside the entrance.

The implementation of the wave-like vertical strip design is extended from the cooling tower to the vent building. 

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Bukit Panjang Circus

A temporary roundabout beneath the new Bukit Panjang flyover was implemented this morning at the junction of Upper Bukit Timah Road, CCK road, Woodlands Road and Bukit Panjang Road. The roundabout which concaves along the central flyover columns, sparks resemblance to the design of Newton Circus. Traffic marshals are currently deployed to aid directory for motorists while the traffic signal timing is being adjusted. The temporary diversion is envisaged to last for 3 months.

Progress of the cladding and structural works on the superstructures are documented in this update.

Temporary traffic layout of the roundabout at the CCK end

Friday, 8 May 2015

Gali Batu Depot

Test runs along the Downtown Line 2 are progressing. The Gali Batu Depot obtained the temporary occupancy permit (TOP) towards the end of 2014, and the fleet of over 30 trains required for the operation of the DTL2 have been delivered. The Land Transport Authority is now heading the testing of trains along the mainline.

The depot is scheduled to be handed over to the operator SBS Transit towards the end of this year. Through testing with the existing operational DTL1 will take place then.

Administrative building at Gali Batu Depot
DTL2 fleet