Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has granted the second civil contract for the construction of Johor Bahru – Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link to China Communications Construction Company (Singapore Branch), a China-based engineering firm.

Valued at around $180m, the contract includes the construction of the RTS Link viaduct and tunnels in Singapore.

Standing at a height of 25m above the Straits of Johor, the viaduct will run within Singapore’s territory and connect to the RTS Link Woodlands North station through underground tunnels.

Construction for the RTS Link viaduct and tunnels has been scheduled for Q2 2021.

The RTS Link passenger service is expected to commence at the end of 2026.

The first civil contract for the construction of the RTS Link Woodlands North station, tunnels and the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) building in Singapore was awarded to Penta-Ocean Construction on 26 November.

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China Communications Construction Company, which specialises in large-scale rail, bridge and road projects, is presently at work on the Boon Lay station on the Jurong Region Line.

It has worked on several rail projects not only in China but also in other countries such as Kenya.

Possessing the capacity to transport 10,000 passengers per hour in each direction, the RTS Link is a 4km rail shuttle service between the Singapore terminus at Woodlands North station and the Malaysia terminus at Bukit Chagar station in Johor Bahru.

After completion, the RTS Link will relieve congestion along the causeway and upgrade the connectivity between Singapore and Johor Bahru considerably.