Prasarana will look into Sultan Ibrahim Ismail’s comments on the upcoming Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link connecting Singapore and Johor Bahru.
This is after Johor’s ruler said in August that the curved track and the plan to construct the bridge as high as 30 metres above water in the middle section would lead to higher costs and disrupt the city’s skyline.
“The company has agreed to look into it and should be able to complete a study on the new alignment in a month or so and present it to our Singaporean counterpart,” said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan.
Possible designs include a high or low bridge, diagonal or one that is parallel to the causeway. As such, the final cost will depend on its final alignment.
He said this after witnessing the inking of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Prasarana and Singapore’s SMRT Corp in Kuala Lumpur on 25 September.
The deal involves the creation of joint venture (JV) firm that will operate the RTS Link. In particular, this company is responsible for the project’s design, funding, construction and maintenance.
“Both sides have agreed and acknowledged the fact that one party had to take a slightly smaller majority for decision making to be easier,” said Abdul Rahman. But he refused to divulge which party will own the higher or smaller stake.
Meanwhile, Prasarana Group CEO Datuk Seri Azmi Abdul Aziz revealed that construction of the Singapore-Johor Bahru RTS Link is expected to start by 2019, with completion by end-2024.
“It depends on the design and we will call for the tender after the signing of a bilateral agreement by December this year,” he said, adding that the rail project spanning four kilometres is anticipated to connect Singapore’s Woodlands with Bukit Chagar in Johor Bahru.
Image sourced from FMT.
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