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Johor Ruler Visits RTS Link Singapore Site During Official Visit

JOHOR BARU: The Ruler of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar visited the RTS (Rapid Transit System) link site at Woodlands North Terminal in Singapore during his three-day visit to the island republic.

During the visit, the Sultan also checked on the progress of the highly anticipated project that would connect Singapore and Johor in the future.

According to a statement posted on the Sultan’s Facebook page, Her Majesty’s visit on Thursday July 21 was hosted by Singapore’s Transport Minister S. Iswaran and senior officials from SMRT Corporation Ltd, the project developer.

Also present were Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi and Secretary of State of Johor Tan Sri Datuk Dr Azmi Rouhani.

“When the RTS Link goes live in late 2026, it will be a game-changer and will significantly improve connectivity between Singapore and Johor Baru and reduce congestion along the causeway.

“Construction is progressing at a good pace with contractors on both sides confident that the project will be completed on time,” read the statement on the sultan’s Facebook page.

He added that the Malaysian part of the infrastructure works, including the station, depot and 2.7 km of land and sea viaducts, is managed by MRT Corp, a subsidiary of Malaysia Rapid Transit System Sdn Bhd.

“Construction on the Singapore side began in March 2021. The station will be one of the largest in the island state when completed and will provide a seamless travel connection to the Thomson-East Coast Line and MRT station Woodlands North.

“Rapid Transit System Operations Sdn Bhd (RTSO), a joint venture between Prasarana Malaysia Bhd and SMRT Corporation Ltd, will be the operator of this new metro link,” he added.

The RTS Link is a 4 km light rail shuttle service between Bukit Chagar Station in Johor Baru and Woodlands North Station in Singapore.

The trains will have the capacity to move 10,000 passengers per hour in each direction.

Passengers will enjoy a fast and smooth travel experience with a train journey time of only around five minutes between the two stations.

The full Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) facilities for Singapore and Malaysia will be located at Woodlands North and Bukit Chagar stations respectively.

Passengers would only need to pass immigration authorities once, i.e. at their point of departure.

It was previously reported that the Sultan and Permaisuri Johor Raja Zarith Sofiah Binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah were on a three-day official visit to Singapore starting Wednesday, July 20.

The visit is at the invitation of Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.