SINGAPORE’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded a $S 180m ($US 134.97m) contract for the construction of the 4km cross-border Johor Bahru - Singapore light metro system to the China Communications Construction Company.  

The contract, which is the second of two civil contracts for the 1.3km Singaporean section of the project, covers the construction of a 25m-high viaduct across the Straits of Johor, as well as tunnels between the viaduct and Woodlands North Station. 

Construction of the new viaduct and tunnels is expected to commence in the second quarter of this year. 

LTA awarded a $S 932.8m contract to Penta-Ocean Construction on November 26 for the construction of the RTS Link Woodlands North station, tunnels and the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) building in Singapore. 

Construction of the Singaporean section was formally launched at a virtual groundbreaking ceremony on November 22

The contract covers a new viaduct and tunnels running north from Woodlands North station.

The line, which connects Singapore’s Woodlands North terminus and the Malaysian terminus at Bukit Chagar, Johor Bahru, is due to open to at the end of 2026, with a capacity to serve up to 10,000 passengers per hour per direction. 

The 2.7km Malaysian section of the line is being developed by MRTS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the state-owned Mass Rapid Transit Corporation (MRT), and is projected to cost Ringgits 3.7bn ($US 913.4m). 

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