Second Link Expressway

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E3 Expressway
Second Link Expressway
(LINKEDUA Expressway)
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Second Link Expressway is located in Peninsular Malaysia
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Route information
Maintained by PLUS Malaysia Berhad with its subsidiary Projek Lebuhraya Usahasama Berhad
Length: 44 km (27 mi)
Senai Link:
Main link:
Pontian-Johor Bahru Parkway (Pontian Link): 5 km (3.1 mi)
Existed: 1994 – present
History: Completed in 1997
Major junctions
North end: Senai
  16 Senai Airport Highway
E22 Senai-Desaru Expressway
1 AH2 Skudai Highway
E2 AH2 North-South Expressway Southern Route
17 Persisiran Perling
Lebuh Kota Iskandar
177 Port of Tanjung Pelepas Highway
Ayer Rajah Expressway AH143 Ayer Rajah Expressway (Singapore)
South end: Sultan Abu Bakar Custom Immigration and Quarantine Complex (CIQ), Tanjung Kupang
Location
Primary
destinations:
Saleng, Indahpura, Bukit Indah, Nusajaya, Pulai, Pontian, Ulu Choh, Kangkar Pulai, Taman Perling, Gelang Patah, Tanjung Kupang
Highway system
AH143
(Main Link: Senai North - Tuas (Singapore))

Second Link Expressway E3 AH143 (Abbreviation: LINKEDUA, Malay: Laluan Kedua Malaysia-Singapura), is the 44 km (27 mi) expressway which links Senai North EXIT 253 at North-South Expressway, Senai Airport and Taman Perling, Johor Bahru via its extension known as Pontian-Johor Bahru Parkway (Pontian Link) to the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link. The expressway is part of the Asian Highway Network of route AH143.

Usually, travelling along the second link is much faster than travelling on the Johor-Singapore Causeway, as the traffic is smoother in both directions. However, during festive periods (especially Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, Christmas and Deepavali), massive traffic jams still arise as the huge amount of traffic going between Malaysia and Singapore during these periods leads to massive jams on both the causeway and the second link.

Route background[edit]

The Kilometre Zero for the entire expressway is located at the Malaysia-Singapore Border at the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link.

Linkedua Expressway in Malaysia after the Singapore-Malaysia Second Link Bridge, in the northbound direction.
Sultan Abu Bakar Check point, Tanjung Kupang

Senai Link[edit]

The northern terminus of this section is at Senai Airport Interchange near Senai Airport, while it shares the same Kilometre Zero with the main link.

Northern and Southern Links (Main Link)[edit]

The Kilometre Zero of this section starts at the Malaysia-Singapore Border at the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link, while its northern terminus for the main link is at Senai North Interchange in Senai.

Pontian-Johor Bahru Parkway (Pontian Link)[edit]

The Kilometre Zero of this section starts at EXIT 307 Pulai Interchange which connects with the main link while its eastern terminus is at Taman Perling in Johor Bahru.

How to get there?[edit]

To enter the expressway, exit the North-South Expressway (E2 AH2 ) at EXIT 253 Senai North and proceed along the expressway to Singapore. Alternatively, motorists can also enter the expressway via Taman Perling which also joins with Pasir Gudang Highway (Federal Route 17 ) and Skudai Highway (Federal Route 1 AH2 ). The expressway link to Taman Perling is also known as Pontian-Johor Bahru Parkway or Pontian Link.

History[edit]

Construction of the Second Link[edit]

In July 1989, United Engineers Malaysia Berhad (UEM) submitted a proposal to the government of Malaysia to privatize the construction of a second link to Singapore. The acceptance of the proposal brought about the signing of a concession agreement in July 1993, giving exclusive rights and authority to UEM to design, construct, manage, operate and maintain the bridge and expressways for a period of 30 years commencing 27 July 1993.

Following this, a novation agreement was executed in May 1994, whereby UEM assigned all its rights, liabilities and obligations in respect of the concession agreement to Linkedua (Malaysia) Berhad, a wholly owned subsidiary of UEM.

The major components of the project are the Second Crossing bridge, 44 kilometers of expressways, The Sultan Abu Bakar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex, 3 toll plazas, 2 rest and service areas and other ancillary facilities. The bridge was designed to accommodate up to 200,000 vehicles a day.

Opening ceremony[edit]

The Second Link was first opened to traffic on 2 January 1998. It was officially opened on 18 April the same year by the Prime Ministers of both countries, namely Dato' Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia and Goh Chok Tong of Singapore. The Malaysia-Singapore Second Crossing heralded a new era in bilateral relations, and brought with it the promise of improved economic and social ties.

On 1 September 2003, The company Linkedua Malaysia Berhad (Linkedua) was now a member of PLUS Expressway Berhad.

Pontian Link[edit]

A new link heading towards Pontian (Pontian Link) through the Pulai Interchange EXIT  307A at km 15.3 on the Second Link Expressway was opened to traffic starting from 1:00 pm, 10 November 2007 on Saturday.

The Pontian Link provides easy access for highway users, connecting the Second Link Expressway (from Pulai Interchange) to Ulu Choh-Gelang Patah Interchange (KM5).

Construction of the 2.7 km link started on 17 April 2006 and was fully completed on 16 October 2007.

Illegal racing at Second Link[edit]

The Second Link is a popular location for car illegal racing.[1] On 12 July 2006, the Johor police and the Road Transport Department with the highway operator PLUS Expressway has launched the big operations to crack down against illegal racing. More than 600 people were arrested in this operation.[2]

Features[edit]

  • Variable Messages Systems (VMS)
  • SOS emergency
  • Traffic CCTV
  • Johor Premium Outlet a shopping mall located at Indahpura Interchange EXIT 303.

Tolls[edit]

Toll payments are for the highway and Second Link tolls. Touch 'n Go TnG electronic payment system is available at all Second Link toll plazas, and is the only accepted paying method at the Lima Kedai and Tanjung Kupang toll plazas, though top-up lanes are available. Singapore dollar is also accepted at all Second Link toll plazas but at the rate of 1:1 (i.e. Pay S$1.00 for RM1.00, and all change are given in Malaysian ringgit).

Perling Toll Plaza (TTP)[edit]

Class Type of vehicles Rate (in Malaysian Ringgit (RM))
0 Motorcycles
(Vehicles with two axels and two wheels)
Free
1 Private Cars
(Vehicles with two axels and three or four wheels (excluding taxi and bus))
RM2.30
2 Vans and other small good vehicles
(Vehicles with two axels and six wheels (excluding bus))
RM3.60
3 Large Trucks
(Vehicles with three or more axels (excluding bus))
RM4.50
4 Taxis RM0.90
5 Buses RM1.80

Lima Kedai Toll Plaza (TLK) (Touch 'n Go and Smart TAG only)[edit]

Class Type of vehicles Rate (in Malaysian Ringgit (RM))
0 Motorcycles
(Vehicles with two axels and two wheels)
Free
1 Private Cars
(Vehicles with two axels and three or four wheels (excluding taxi and bus))
RM3.90
2 Vans and other small good vehicles
(Vehicles with two axels and six wheels (excluding bus))
RM6.10
3 Large Trucks
(Vehicles with three or more axels (excluding bus))
RM7.70
4 Taxis RM1.50
5 Buses RM3.10

Tanjung Kupang Toll Plaza (TTK) (Touch 'n Go and Smart TAG only)[edit]

Straight line (to/from Singapore to/from Second Link Expressway)[edit]

Class Type of vehicles Rate (in Malaysian Ringgit (RM))
0 Motorcycles
(Vehicles with two axels and two wheels)
RM1.10
1 Private Cars
(Vehicles with two axels and three or four wheels (excluding taxi and bus))
RM15.00
2 Vans and other small good vehicles
(Vehicles with two axels and six wheels (excluding bus))
RM24.40
3 Large Trucks
(Vehicles with three or more axels (excluding bus))
RM48.90
4 Taxis RM8.10
5 Buses RM13.00

(U-Turn) Expressway components[edit]

Class Type of vehicles Rate (in Malaysian Ringgit (RM))
0 Motorcycles
(Vehicles with two axels and two wheels)
None
1 Private Cars
(Vehicles with two axels and three or four wheels (excluding taxi and bus))
RM1.80
2 Vans and other small good vehicles
(Vehicles with two axels and six wheels (excluding bus))
RM3.60
3 Large Trucks
(Vehicles with three or more axels (excluding bus))
RM4.50
4 Taxis RM0.90
5 Buses RM1.80

(U-Turn) Bridge components[edit]

Class Type of vehicles Rate (in Malaysian Ringgit (RM))
0 Motorcycles
(Vehicles with two axels and two wheels)
RM1.00
1 Private Cars
(Vehicles with two axels and three or four wheels (excluding taxi and bus))
RM4.80
2 Vans and other small good vehicles
(Vehicles with two axels and six wheels (excluding bus))
RM11.40
3 Large Trucks
(Vehicles with three or more axels (excluding bus))
RM25.50
4 Taxis RM4.10
5 Buses RM6.20

Sultan Abu Bakar Custom Immigration and Quarantine Checkpoint (SAB) (Touch 'n Go and Smart TAG only)[edit]

Class Type of vehicles Rate (in Malaysian Ringgit (RM))
0 Motorcycles
(Vehicles with two axels and two wheels)
RM1.60
1 Private Cars
(Vehicles with two axels and three or four wheels (excluding taxi and bus))
RM9.60
2 Vans and other small good vehicles
(Vehicles with two axels and six wheels (excluding bus))
RM22.00
3 Large Trucks
(Vehicles with three or more axels (excluding bus))
RM51.00
4 Taxis RM8.20
5 Buses RM12.40
RM 6.40 charged for U-Turn back to Malaysia.

Major events[edit]

Linkedua Drag Race 2006[edit]

The Malaysia-Singapore Second Crossing (LINKEDUA) organized the first ever Highway Drag Race near Gelang Patah on 15 April 2006.

Jointly organized by Nusajaya Development Sdn Bhd and PLUS Expressway Berhad (PEB). the ‘Youth and motorsports, say no to drugs and illegal race’ – themed event is aimed at promoting the motorsport to the Malaysian public as well as boost tourism in Johor and Malaysia.

Drag race is popular overseas and has also a strong following in Malaysia. This sport demands high discipline from race participants such as wearing proper clothing, jackets, helmets and shoes. It also educates drivers and fans on good driving habits and safe driving aspects.

The drag challenge is divided into five and six different categories for car and motorcycle respectively. A total of more than 100 cars and motorcycles competed for cash prizes during the event.

The first ever drag race is also packed with other activities such as vehicle audio system exhibition, accessory and promotional booths and car club meetings.


List of interchanges, laybys, and rest and service areas[edit]

Legend:


Senai Link[edit]

The entire section of the Senai Link is located within the district of Kulaijaya, Johor.

km Exit Name Destinations No. of
lanes
Speed
limit
Notes
Through to Jalan Perusahaan
301 Senai Airport I/C 16 Senai Airport Highway – Senai International Airport Airport (malaysia).jpg, Senai Four 60 km/h
302 Senai-SDE I/C E22 Senai-Desaru Expressway - Desaru, Pengerang, Pasir Gudang, Ulu Tiram, Kota Tinggi 110 km/h
BR Sungai Skudai bridge
BR Railway crossing bridge
302 Saleng I/C 1 Skudai Highway – Saleng, Kulai
303 Indahpura I/C Persiaran Indahpura – Bandar Indahpura
R&R Shopping complex.jpg Johor Premium Outlets - Shopping complex.jpg Parking (malaysia).jpg Toilet (malaysia).jpg Food court (malaysia).jpg Surau (malaysia).jpg Wakaf.jpg Telephone (malaysia).jpg Money changer.jpg ATM (malaysia).jpg
304 Senai (South) I/C E2 AH2 North-South Expressway Southern Route - Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Johor Bahru, Skudai 60 km/h
Through to E3 AH143 Northern and Southern Links (Main Link)

Northern and Southern Links (Main Link)[edit]

The entire section of the main link is located within the district of Johor Bahru, Johor except the section from Senai North IC to Kangkar Pulai IC, which is located within the district of Kulaijaya.

km Exit Name Destinations No. of
lanes
Speed
limit
Notes
Through to E3 Senai Link
304 Senai (South) I/C E2 AH2 North-South Expressway Southern Route - Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Johor Bahru, Skudai Four 60 km/h
305 Kangkar Pulai I/C 5 Skudai-Pontian Highway – Pontian, Skudai 110 km/h Planned
T/P Lima Kedai Toll Plaza TnG TnG TAG TAG TnG TnG 60 km/h Accepts electronic toll payment (Touch 'n Go and SmartTAG) only
306 Lima Kedai I/C J7Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Gelang Patah-Skudai – Lima Kedai, Mutiara Rini, Skudai 110 km/h Planned
307 Pulai I/C E3 Pontian-Johor Bahru Parkway - Pontian, Ulu Choh, Pasir Gudang, Kota Tinggi, Johor Bahru Six
311 Nusajaya I/C Nusajaya Highway - Nusajaya, Legoland Malaysia
312 Gelang Patah I/C Nusajaya Highway - Gelang Patah, Nusajaya, Legoland Malaysia
L/B Gelang Patah RSA R&R Gelang Patah RSA - Parking (malaysia).jpg Toilet (malaysia).jpg Food court (malaysia).jpg Surau (malaysia).jpg Wakaf.jpg Telephone (malaysia).jpg Money changer.jpg ATM (malaysia).jpg Petrol station (malaysia).jpg Petron, Petronas Northbound
313 Port of Tanjung Pelepas I/C 177 Port of Tanjung Pelepas Highway - Gelang Patah, Nusajaya, Legoland Malaysia
L/B Gelang Patah RSA R&R Gelang Patah RSA - Parking (malaysia).jpg Toilet (malaysia).jpg Food court (malaysia).jpg Surau (malaysia).jpg Wakaf.jpg Telephone (malaysia).jpg Money changer.jpg ATM (malaysia).jpg Petrol station (malaysia).jpg Petron, Petronas Southbound
T/P Tanjung Kupang Toll Plaza TnG TnG TAG TAG TnG TnG 60 km/h Accepts electronic toll payment (Touch 'n Go and SmartTAG) only
T/P Sultan Abu Bakar Complex
Through to E3 AH143 Malaysia-Singapore Second Link

Johor Bahru Parkway[edit]

The entire section of the Johor Bahru Parkway is located within the district of Johor Bahru, Johor.

km Exit Name Destinations No. of
lanes
Speed
limit
Notes
309A Ulu Choh-Gelang Patah I/C J7Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Gelang Patah-Ulu Choh – Ulu Choh, Gelang Patah, Pontian, Gelang Patah Four 60 km/h
309 Nusa Bayu I/C Persiaran Nusa Bayu - Nusa Bayu 110 km/h
307 Pulai I/C E3 Main Link - Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Senai, Senai International Airport, Nusajaya, Gelang Patah, Port of Tanjung Pelepas, Tuas (Singapore)
308A Nusa Indah I/C Persiaran Nusa Indah - Nusa Indah, Medical City
308 Bukit Indah I/C Bukit Indah Highway - Bukit Indah
BR Sungai Danga bridge
T/P Perling Toll Plaza TnG TnG TAG TAG TnG TnG 60 km/h Accepts electronic toll payment (Touch 'n Go and SmartTAG) only
Through to 17 Persisiran Perling

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mat Racing di Linkedua", Edisi Siasat, 8 April 2007, ntv7
  2. ^ "Swoop on illegal racers", Lau Meisan, 10 July 2006, New Straits Times

External links[edit]