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More than $60 billion will be invested to expand and renew the rail network over the next 10 years, said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan yesterday.
The sum will fund upcoming projects such as the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL), the Jurong Region Line (JRL) and extensions to the North East Line and Downtown Line, he told the House during the debate on his ministry's budget.
As for renewal projects, he noted that the renewal of the oldest North-South and East-West lines will be completed by around 2023.
A Transport Ministry spokesman said the $60 billion sum is the projected cash flow for the next 10 years. Based on current projections, more than 70 per cent of the amount is expected to go towards building new rail lines and stations, while the remaining sum will be for works such as renewals and upgrading, the spokesman said.
In his speech, Mr Khaw said ageing train stations will also be suitably refurbished and upgraded, especially the toilets and escalators.
"In time, we will also need to renew the next oldest lines - North East Line and Sengkang-Punggol LRT," he said in response to Mr Melvin Yong (Tanjong Pagar GRC).
"The hard lesson learnt from the problems earlier faced by SMRT is that we must invest in good operations and maintenance," he added.
"As noted by Ms Cheng Li Hui (Tampines GRC), this means engineering capabilities, as well as the timely renewal of old MRT and LRT lines. There is no free lunch."
On ongoing rail projects, Mr Khaw said Stage 2 of the TEL will be completed by this year.
But subsequent phases of the line are unlikely to be expedited, as it is a complex project with many engineering and safety considerations, he said in response to Mr Lim Biow Chuan (Mountbatten), who asked if the fourth phase of the line - from Founders' Memorial to Bayshore - could be completed before 2023.
Meanwhile, extensions on the North East Line to Punggol Coast, and the Downtown Line to Xilin and Sungei Bedok, will be completed by 2023 and 2024 respectively.
The Circle Line will be a complete circle in 2025, when the sixth stage to link HarbourFront to Marina Bay is ready. "This final stretch at Keppel is the most challenging to build and also the most costly. But when completed in 2025, it will significantly raise the resilience of our MRT network and the travelling experience of our commuters," he said.
This article first appeared on www.straitstimes.com
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