Singapore awards $697m contract for Malaysia rail link

Out-Law News | 07 Dec 2020 | 5:34 am |

Singapore's Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded the first contract for construction work on the cross border train project between Singapore and Johor Bahru in Malaysia.

The construction work in the contract includes the Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link Woodlands North station, tunnels and the customs, immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) building in Singapore.

The contract is worth $697 million (S$932.8m) and is the first of two projects and construction contracts for the long-awaited project. Work is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2021 and commence its operation by the end of 2026. The second civil contract for this project, which includes the construction of the RTS Link viaduct, will be awarded in the first quarter of 2021.

The RTS Link is a standalone Light Rail Transit system between the city-state's terminus at Woodlands North station and the Malaysia terminus at Bukit Chagar station. A groundbreaking ceremony took place at the location of the Bukit Chagar station earlier this month.

The project has a capacity of 10,000 passengers each hour in each direction once it's completed.

The operators of the project are Malaysia’s Prasarana Malaysia Berhad and SMRT Corporation for Singapore. Both companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a joint-venture company Operation Company, which will serve as operator for RTS Link. The contract will be a design, build, finance, operate and maintain (DBFOM) structure that has a 30-year franchising period, according to IJGlobal.