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S$320 million in contracts awarded for works on Johor Bahru-Singapore RTS Link

S$320 million in contracts awarded for works on Johor Bahru-Singapore RTS Link

An artist’s impression of the RTS Link viaduct. (Image: Land Transport Authority)

SINGAPORE: Nine contracts worth about RM1 billion (S$320 million) were recently awarded for systems works on the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link, said operator RTS Operations.

RTS Operations - formed in 2020 as a joint venture between Singapore’s SMRT and Malaysian rail operator Prasarana - said on Wednesday (May 12) that these works for the cross-border rail link are “progressing well”. 

Of the nine contracts, four are for core systems, with China’s CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co awarded the contract for rolling stock while German firm Siemens Mobility won the contract for signalling system and platform screen doors. 

Malaysia’s Sapura Rail Systems was awarded the contract for the communications and integrated supervisory control systems.

READ: Work begins on Johor Bahru-Singapore RTS Link station

The remaining non-core system contracts were awarded for trackwork, traction power supply, uninterruptible power supply, automatic fare collection, as well as depot equipment and service vehicles. 

A systems consultancy contract had also earlier been awarded to engineering firm CH2M Services to deliver consultancy services for the design, manufacturing, delivery, testing and commissioning of all systems for the RTS line, RTS Operations said. 

“We are pleased with the outcome of the tender exercise. There is a good mix of local and international players working together to make the RTS Link a success,” said RTSO chief executive officer Shamsul Rizal Md Yusof. 

RTSO chairman Mohd Farid Mohd Adnan said the firm’s board and management are “fully committed to deliver the RTS project despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic”.

READ: S$180 million contract awarded for construction of JB-Singapore RTS Link viaduct, tunnels

Incorporated in Singapore, RTS Operations will own, design, build, finance and manage operating assets for the RTS Link, including trains, tracks and systems. 

RTS Operations will also be responsible for operating and maintaining the rail line, including the Wadi Hana depot in Johor Bahru.

Scheduled to be completed by 2026, the 4km-long RTS Link will connect Bukit Chagar in Johor Bahru with Woodlands North in Singapore. 

It is expected to be able to transport up to 10,000 passengers per hour in each direction, with the journey taking about five minutes excluding custom clearance. 

READ: Malaysia begins construction for Singapore-Johor RTS Link with groundbreaking ceremony at Bukit Chagar station

In November last year, Malaysia began construction work on the rail link,  which will replace the existing KTM shuttle train service.

In January, work began on the S$932.8 million Woodlands North station of the RTS Link, which includes tunnels and a linked Customs, Immigration and Quarantine building.

A S$180 million contract for the construction of a 25m-tall viaduct across the Strait of Johor as well as tunnels was also awarded in January

The RTS Link is expected to cost around RM10 billion (S$3.25 billion), with Singapore bearing 61 per cent of the cost.

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