Construction on Singapore-Johor rail link to resume

Traffic jam at Johor bahru Singapore causeway.

Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to proceed with the Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link project which will connect Woodlands in Singapore to Bukit Chagar in Johor Bahru in the southern state of Malaysia.

The cross-border project is expected to begin in early 2021 and to be completed by the end of 2026. Three agreements which are necessary to resume the project have been concluded, including one to amend the RTS Link Bilateral Agreement between both governments.

The Woodlands-Johor Bahru rail link will help ease traffic congestion on the Johor–Singapore Causeway

When completed, the RTS Link will ease Causeway congestion, improve connectivity, foster people-to-people ties, and generate shared economic and social benefits, said a joint statement from both countries.

The 4km long project is estimated to cost RM10 billion (S$3.2 billion), of which 60 to 61 per cent of the cost would be funded by the Singapore government and the rest by the Malaysian government.

Malaysia’s transport minister, Wee Ka Siong, said the first of two phases, encompassing the construction stage, will commence next year until 2024. Phase two, which will start in 2025, will involve the construction of systems such as signals, rolling stock, telecommunications and system testing.

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