The Thomson East Coast Line (TEL) stage 2 work is moving ahead with a very slow pace as there is shortage of labourers due to the pandemic said, the Land Transport Authority.
The impact of Covid-19 over the TEL stage 2 work and other projects to expand the MRT network is still being calculated by the LTA.
Chinese newspaper Lianhe Zaobao was the first to report LTAs remarks. The project was supposed to be functional from August 2020 after extensive testing between April to July.
The stations included in the project are SpringLeaf, Lentor, Mayflower, Bright Hill, Upper Thomson and Caldecott.
The construction work for the project was resumed on June 2 with all the security measures in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19, said a LTA spokesperson.
He also added that workers were asked to complete Covid safe workers training before moving to work.
The resumed projects include East Coast Integrated Depot, Xilin, Sungei Bedok stations along with Downtown Line 3 extension, Prince Edward station along Circle Line 6 Extension and the upgrading of Tanah Merah station along the East-West Lines.
Almost more than 90% of the work for TEL 2 stations and more than 80% of train testing for the new stations have been completed added the spokesperson mentioning that the work progress is slow due to worker’s availability constraints.
The impact of Covid-19 on the project is still being calculated and project lines may be extended to ensure safe work environment in compliance to public health measures, said the spokesman.
The project is expected be completed in 5 stages from this year to 2024. The TEL line which covers 43 km area will be Singapore’s sixth and longest MRT line which will add 32 stations to the current set of stations. There will be 8 interchange stations in total.
After completion, The TEL will serve to 500,000 commuters initially and is expected to serve a million commuters in the future.