China’s Company to Build RTS Link Bridge

The S$180m contract will link Malaysia via Johor and Singapore

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Artist impression of the JB-Singapore RTS link viaduct (courtesy of Singapore Land Transport Authority)

China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) has won a contract of S$180m (US$135m) to build the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) connecting bridge over the Straits of Johor.

In Singaporean territory, the bridge linking Malaysia and Singapore will stand 25 m in height, said the Land Transport Authority of Singapore, which awarded the contract.

The bridge will descend into tunnels on ground, which will also be built by CCCC, leading to the Singaporean terminus at Woodlands North station.

The Boon Lay station on the Jurong Region Line in Singapore is also being developed by CCCC at the moment.

The viaduct and tunnel construction is expected to commence in the second quarter of 2021. The RTS Link is a 4km rail shuttle between Woodlands North station and the Malaysian terminus at Bukit Chagar station in Johor Bahru and is scheduled to begin passenger service at the end of 2026.

With a travel time of around five minutes between the two stations, the RTS will carry 10,000 passengers an hour in each direction, to relieve traffic congestion along both countries’ Causeway.