Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded a S$615.9m ($456.7m) contract to Shanghai Tunnel Engineering for construction of a section of the North-South Corridor (NSC) tunnels.

Under the contract, Shanghai Tunnel Engineering will be responsible for constructing an 800m-long dual three-lane road for the NSC tunnels.

Work also includes construction of an MRT station box and commuter facilities, including pedestrian bridges, bus stops, sheltered walkways and cycling paths between Sin Ming Avenue and Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3.

Construction work is scheduled to start by the second quarter of this year.

Upon completion, the road tunnel will be integrated with the future Cross Island Line Teck Ghee MRT station.

“The 21.5km-long NSC is said to be the first integrated transport corridor in Singapore.”

The 21.5km-long NSC is said to be the first integrated transport corridor in Singapore. The project includes continuous bus lanes and at-grade cycling trunk routes, in line with Singapore’s ‘car-lite’ vision.

The NSC is likely to be completed by 2026.

Originally conceived as the North-South Expressway, the NSC will be the 11th expressway network in Singapore.

The NSC is currently handled by the Central Expressway (CTE).

Earlier, Shanghai Tunnel Engineering completed a number of railway infrastructure projects with tunnels in Circle Line, Downtown Line, and Tuas West Extension.

At present, the company is constructing tunnels between Woodlands Avenue 12 to Mandai Depot, Shenton Way Station and Tunnels, Katong Park Station and Tunnels, and Bayshore Station and Tunnels for Thomson-East Coast Line.