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The gantry cranes have been installed around the launch shafts, and tunnelling here should commence by year end with the TBMs arriving and assembling in the 4th quarter.
Columns along the north end of the stabling area are currently being cast.
The ES2 structure now has the entire S1 layer shored along its entire length.
The north launch shafts at the Sembawang Airbase C&C tunnel has now been excavated down about 20 meters, close to the formation level with an approximate reduced level of 95.000.
The structure will feature 45 parallel tracks, more than thrice the width that of the Downtown Line's Gali Batu Depot.
Each track will accommodate for 2 x 4 passenger cars to effectively house the entire fleet of the 43km Thomson-East Coast line.
The depot has been intentionally over-designed for future fleet expansions should the need arises.
Tunnelling works for the T206 project are wrapping up with 8 of the 10 bored tunnels completed.
Located within the Mandai Agrotechnology Park, land previously occupied by Orchidville (Singapore’s largest orchid farm) was acquired to make way for the depot, along with the diversion of the Ulu Sembawang Park Connector.
Accessed from Mandai Road, the depot will contain the Thomson-East Coast Line Operations Control Centre along with administrative and support offices, as well as maintenance facilities and stabling areas for trains, and ancillary facilities such as a train wash, paint shop and locomotive workshop.
It has the capacity to stable up to 90 trains, and is the largest train depot in Singapore by land area occupied.
Retrieval of the machine is underway for the subsequent tunnel drives from LS2 to Woodlands South station.
Herrenknecht slurry machine S-893, together with TBM 5 for the Changi Bound drive from LS2 to Woodlands station and SBAB to Woodlands South station have completed similarly.