Woodlands North To Johor Bahru Train Project Postponed Till 31 Jul 2020
Singaporeans were bummed when we heard that plans to kickoff the Singapore to Kuala Lumpur high-speed rail were put on hold indefinitely.
This was until Minister Khaw Boon Wan posted a Facebook update on Saturday (2 May) stating that Singapore has granted a third and final extension to our neighbours to confirm the details of the project.
The new deadline has been extended to 31 July 2020, due to a change in Malaysia’s government & the ongoing Covid-19 health crisis.
Woodlands North MRT directly links to Johor Bahru
Both countries hope to ease Causeway congestion and curb the long lines at JB checkpoints, with this alternate transport option for commuters.
RTS could open as early as 2025
If the project gets a final go-ahead by Malaysia, the new line could be open as soon as 2025.
RTS could help up to 10,000 commuters get to their destination per hour, and would cost an estimated S$1.3 billion (RM4 billion) to complete.
Woodlands North MRT will house Tokyo-style subway malls
Woodlands North MRT‘s upcoming interchange is also an anticipated part of the upgrade works.
The connection to Johor Bahru’s Rapid Transit Link should also be similarly linked to Woodlands North MRT for seamless commutes.
Proposed train fares are still up in the air
An original one-way fare of S$4.90 (RM15) was floated and deemed too expensive for the average commuter.
Since a Malaysian working in Singapore requires a 2-way commute, the price is indeed unsustainable on a regular budget..
Hopefully, fair pricing will be settled by the extension as well.
Crossing our fingers for Causeway commuters
Once the Covid-19 health crisis has been abated, we’re sure that frequent travellers who’ve been taking hours of jams valiantly in their stride for years would greatly appreciate the support.
As a result, we hope that Malaysia’s new government will consider this longer-term solution with utmost care.