Almost $ 100 billion allocated to land transport projects


Almost $ 100 billion has been set aside to build road, rail and active mobility projects over the next decade, according to 2020 budget statements.

Of that amount, new rail projects account for the bulk of $ 87.5 billion. The amount includes the money budgeted to complete the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL), Jurong Area Line, Cross Island Line Phase 1 (CRL) as well as advanced engineering studies for the western part. CRL.

The Land Transport Authority said the amount includes extensions to the Downtown, North-East and Circle lines. But it did not include a two-stop extension of the North-South line in the northwest that is expected to be completed by the mid-2030s.

CRL has the longest lead time, with completion of the 50 km rail project from Changi to Tuas due to be completed by 2031.

All others are expected to open before that, starting with TEL, which will be fully operational by 2023. The only exception is an extension of Bedok which will open in 2024.

The sum also includes civil protection shelters in MRT stations, additional underground spaces created during the construction of the MRT, the installation of noise walls, signaling simulation facilities and an integrated railway test center in Tuas.

But it excludes the renewal of operating assets on the North-South, East-West lines, which Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said would cost more than $ 2.5 billion and should be completed by 2023. So far, around $ 760 million has been disbursed for this, the LTA said. It also excludes works such as drainage; and a potential new line called the “Seletar Line”, which runs east and parallel to the north-south line.

Bus-related projects total $ 1.3 billion, including the construction of depots and integrated transport hubs – which integrate a bus interchange with an MRT station – as well as the purchase of 450 new buses . These buses, like the 1,000 purchased as part of the Bus Service Improvement Program, have started to operate.

Approximately $ 6.78 billion has been earmarked for national rail projects for fiscal 2020.

Meanwhile, $ 7.2 billion has been allocated to modernize the existing road network, for example by resurfacing highways and maintaining elevated roads such as viaducts.

The amount includes new projects such as a road network for the Changi region to accommodate Changi Airport Terminal 5 as well as the east end of CRL; an interchange at Senja Road-Kranji Expressway; and the expansion of the Kallang Paya Lebar Expressway and Tampines Expressway Interchange and new links to Punggol Central and Pasir Ris.

Some $ 6 million of the amount has been set aside for the autonomous vehicle test bed.


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