(OLD)The Rapid Transit System Link
Initially expected to commence passenger service by 2024, the RTS Link is currently at the stage where both Governments are obliged to jointly call an open tender to appoint the RTS Link Operating Company (OpCo).
In view that Malaysia has asked for a deadline extension to 31 March 2019 regarding the tender, the RTS Link is unlikely to commence by the original date of 31 December 2024.
Location of Stations
Passengers from Singapore can transfer to the Woodlands North RTS link via the Thomson-East Coast Line, which is scheduled to open in stages from 2019. The entire RTS Link is expected to be completed by 2024.
The approximately 4km long train journey will take less than 10 minutes.
With an initial fleet of five trains, the fleet will expand to seven when the station reaches full operational capacity.
The RTS Link transits from the underground Woodlands North station to the above-ground Bukit Chagar station via a 25m high bridge across the Straits of Johor.
To facilitate more seamless travel, the station will have a co-located Customs, Immigration and Quarantine facility. Passengers travelling in either direction will clear custom authorities for both Malaysia and Singapore at the point of departure, and need not go through immigration clearance again at the point of arrival.
The cross-border nature of the construction will involve many stakeholders and require close coordination and cooperation. Beyond this, engineers will have to contend with several construction complexities.
To prevent disruption to the navigational sea channels, careful planning will be done for the construction of the bridge over the Straits of Johor.
Being built adjacent to the TEL and Woodlands North station, the RTS Link will be done such that it causes minimal impact to the TEL station and tunnels.