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     FrontPage Edition: Tue 26 February 2008

Downtown Line Depot to be completed in 2015


Downtown Line Depot To Be Constructed Near Woodlands In December 2008
The site for the Downtown Line depot has been gazetted today after extensive technical studies and site surveys. Located off Woodlands Road, the 21-hectare depot, situated at the north end of the Downtown Line Stage 2, will house the Operation Control Centre and provide stabling, maintenance, operations and support facilities for Downtown Line Stages 1 and 2.
Construction for the depot is scheduled to commence in December 2008 and will be completed in 2015.
As the construction of the depot encroaches on part of the Kwong Hou Sua Teochew Cemetery, some 1,957 graves on the affected site will need to be exhumed. [Please refer to Annex 2 for details of the exhumation exercise]
Phase 1 of the exhumation of the graves for the Downtown Line depot development is scheduled to commence in mid-October 2008. The remaining graves which are not affected in Phase 1 will be exhumed under Phase 2, which will be carried out by the Singapore Land Authority (SLA).
The construction of the $12 billion Downtown Line is part of the plan to develop a comprehensive rail network system to meet our travel needs in the future.
Annex 1
Annex 2

Source: News Release 26 Feb 2008

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