During a site visit to the upcoming Bukit Panjang MRT station on the Downtown Line, Minister for Transport Lui Tuck Yew (pictured, left) said the government is confident of opening the Downtown Line 2 (DTL2) earlier by the first quarter of 2016.
Tunnelling of DTL2 has been completed in June this year, two months ahead of the revised schedule, the Ministry of Transport said in a statement.
According to media reports, DTL2 experienced some issues when one of its main contractors went into insolvency and halted work on the Sixth Avenue, King Albert Park and Tan Kah Kee stations.
However, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and its contractors managed to recover some of the time lost by adding manpower, re-organising the workflow and innovative work processes.
“LTA and all the contractors will continue to work hard to recover more of the time and bring forward the opening to even earlier than first quarter of 2016 … many of them have been working round the clock, seven days a week. But all these acceleration must be done without compromising safety standards,” Lui said in media reports.
DTL2 is 16.6 km long and will comprise 12 stops connecting Bukit Panjang to Bugis.
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