Work begins on Johor Bahru – Singapore RTS Link

SINGAPORE (BERNAMA) – The Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link Woodlands North Station in Singapore is about 10 times the size of a typical Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station, according to the republic’s Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung.

He said it was because the station will include a Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) building, where travellers can clear Singapore and Malaysia CIQ with one stop.

Singapore on Friday broke ground for the Johor Bahru-Singapore RTS Link at the Woodlands North site, exactly two months after Malaysia had its ground-breaking ceremony at the Bukit Chagar Immigration, Customs and Quarantine (ICQ) site on November 22, 2020.

Ong said the ceremony marked the start of infrastructure works to connect Singapore and Johor Bahru via an LRT, which is closer to a medium-capacity MRT.

“This is a significant bilateral project between Singapore and Malaysia, that will benefit both our peoples, and help ease congestion on the Causeway,” said Ong on his official Facebook page late on Friday.

The RTS Link is a four-kilometre rail shuttle service between the Singapore terminus at Woodlands North station and the Malaysia terminus at Bukit Chagar station in Johor Bahru.

It has a large capacity of up to 10,000 passengers per hour in each direction.

Meanwhile, the republic’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) said the RTS Link Woodlands North
Station will be constructed underground at a maximum depth of 28 metres.

Singapore Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung at the groundbreaking ceremony. PHOTO: BERNAMA