China Railway Tunnel Group awarded contract to build Prince Edward Station with the lowest bid at S$310.8 million

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Photo: Land Transport Authority

On Monday (Oct 9), the Land Transport Authority announced that the China Railway Tunnel Group (Singapore Branch) won a S$310.8 million contract to build the Prince Edward Station and two tunnels on the Circle Line.

Among the eight shortlisted tenderers, their bid was the lowest. Ssangyong Engineering & Construction Co Ltd came in the nearest to the winning bid, at about S$25 million more.

This has caused some to believe that the reason why China Railway Tunnel Group was awarded the contract is solely due to the low cost of its bid.

 

Earlier this year in July, an uncompleted viaduct had collapsed, killing one and injuring 10. Despite having a low safety score, the contractor had won the bid with the lowest tender price.

This also comes after a long spate of train disruptions and a flood from rainwater along the North-South line after the pumping system failed over the weekend.

China Railway Tunnel Group (Singapore Branch) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Railway Group Limited, one of the largest companies specialising in underground works in China. It has completed highways, urban rails and public construction projects across China.

The group recently completed an underpass for the Havelock Station of the Thomson-East Coast Line using Singapore’s first Rectangular Tunnel Boring Machine.

Another underpass at Stevens Station of the Thomson-East Coast Line is currently being constructed using the same method.

Prince Edward Station is one of three stations on the Circle Line 6, a 4km route that will connect HarbourFront to Marina Bay.

Construction for the three-storey underground station at Palmer Road and two tunnels, which will connect the station to Cantonment Station, is set to begin by the end of this year and expected to be completed by 2025.

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    Its ok we die, cos we never their priority concern in the first place. So election come we too don’t prioritise them. Which was never the intention to serve us as what supposingly to believe. VTO! We can change this country with competent people that put Majullah Singapura “First”. Our live matters as a Singaporean. National Service is a must for every “Foreign Trash” who wants to be Singaporean. If not they can go to our neighbouring countries. Lets show the “Power of Majullah Singapura” for the true blue singapore. Gbu all

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    Congratulations LTA China Railway Group; for economy and quality.
    To Facebook friends who put up negative comments inspite of a proper tender being conducted I hope make trips to China and take their trains, mrt and bullet trains.
    Please do not make such remarks because of , I guess, your ideological difference.
    The proof of the pudding is in the eating; not from heresay.

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    This is the problem with China contractors. They undercut all bids to win tender and later ask for money through variation of works. Or they undercut the finishings. Look at some of the housing they built. Well that’s the quality they deemed better than the even poorer housing quality in China. But they kill our local contractors, our civil servants and ministers and PAP scoot free, without worrying about Auditor General. But Singaporeans bear the brunt of the shit in future. Let’s hope the stations they build do not flood or leak. Go and Google about the subway stations in China and how some were flooded. Good luck !

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    They will bring their own engineer, equipment and low wage worker and not much job will be created for sporean… in another words means our tax payer money is to help strengthen china economy. China is over populated and not enough work in china to sustain such a big work force…