Sultan of Johor gives royal approval for a straight bridge to link JB and Woodlands

The Sultan of Johor rejected a proposal for a curved bridge design.

Sulaiman Daud| November 17, 06:31 PM

The Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link project cleared another hurdle after the Sultan of Johor gave his approval.

But instead of the curved bridge design that was initially proposed, the Sultan has opted for a straight bridge design instead.

The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) announced on Nov. 17 that the Sultan had approved their newest design:

"His Majesty agreed to the option of a 25m high bridge which will cross the Straits of Johor in a straight line while still complying with Marine Department technical guidelines for a minimum 25m air draught clearance. His Majesty also stressed the importance of ensuring adequate traffic dispersal at the RTS Bukit Chagar station area, and SPAD will act on it."

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On Aug. 8, the Sultan had made it clear that his approval would be needed before the RTS Link project could go ahead.

"It disrupts the city skyline, and we are talking about a permanent fixture here. Go back to the drawing board and review the overall plan.

The parties also have to consult me. Whatever (new plan) is presented to me, it will have to be logical, economical and sustainable for the benefit of not only Johoreans but all Malaysians and Singaporeans."

Well it looks like the SPAD have satisfied the Sultan as to their design plans.

When completed, the line will connect the future Woodlands North MRT station to Bukit Chagar in Johor.

If all goes well, the RTS Link should be completed by 2024. Then it's off to Johor for shopping and good food.

Top image via the Sultan of Johor's Facebook page.