Malaysia–Singapore Second Link

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Malaysia–Singapore Second Link

Laluan Kedua Malaysia–Singapura
马新第二通道
Malaysia-Singapore Second Link Linkedua.jpg
Coordinates 1°21′03″N 103°37′59″E / 1.35085°N 103.633132°E / 1.35085; 103.633132Coordinates: 1°21′03″N 103°37′59″E / 1.35085°N 103.633132°E / 1.35085; 103.633132
CarriesMotor vehicles
CrossesStraits of Johor
LocaleTanjung Kupang, Johor, Malaysia and Tuas, Singapore
Official nameMalaysia–Singapore Second Link
Maintained byPLUS Expressways (Malaysia)
Land Transport Authority (Singapore)
Characteristics
DesignBox girder bridge
Total length1,920 metres (6,300 ft)
Width25 metres (82 ft)
Longest span150 metres (490 ft)
History
DesignerGovernment of Malaysia
Malaysian Highway Authority
United Engineers Malaysia Berhad
Government of Singapore
Land Transport Authority
Constructed byUnited Engineers Malaysia Berhad
Opened1998

The Malaysia–Singapore Second Link (Malay: Laluan Kedua Malaysia–Singapura, Chinese: 马新第二通道) is a bridge connecting Singapore and Johor, Malaysia. In Singapore, it is officially known as the Tuas Second Link. The bridge was built to reduce the traffic congestion at the Johor–Singapore Causeway, and was opened to traffic on 2 January 1998.[1] It was officially opened by Singapore's then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong with his counterpart, Dr Mahathir Mohamed, who was then Prime Minister of Malaysia. The bridge supports a dual-three lane carriageway linking Kampong Ladang at Tanjung Kupang, Johor to Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim at Tuas, Singapore. The total length of the bridge over water is 1,920 metres (6,300 ft).

At Malaysian side, the bridge is connected to the Second Link Expressway (Malay: Lebuhraya Laluan Kedua Malaysia–Singapura) E3 also known as Linkedua Expressway, which links from Senai North Interchange Exit 253 at North–South Expressway E2, Senai Airport and Taman Perling, Johor Bahru via its extension known as Johor Bahru Parkway E3. In Singapore, the bridge connects to the Ayer Rajah Expressway.

The checkpoint on Malaysia side is called the Sultan Abu Bakar CIQ Complex. The checkpoint on Singapore side, the Tuas Checkpoint, was built on 19.6 hectares (48 acres) of reclaimed land at a cost of S$485 million. Designed by CPG Corporation, it involved the use of 54,000 cubic metres (1,900,000 cu ft) of concrete and 18,000 tonnes (20,000 short tons) of reinforcing steel, and won the Architectural Design Award and Best Buildable Design Award awarded by the Singapore Institute of Architects and the Building and Construction Authority respectively.[2] Travelling along the Second Link usually takes less time than the Causeway due to smoother traffic in both directions; however, during festive periods (especially Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, Christmas and Deepavali) the dense traffic between Malaysia and Singapore still leads to massive jams on both bridges.

Like its counterparts in Woodlands, as Tuas Checkpoint is designated as a vehicular checkpoint only, travellers are not allowed to enter the checkpoint on foot. Passengers may head to Tuas Link MRT station to use Transtar Cross Border TS6[3] or Causeway Link CW7.

Access from other roads[edit]

From Malaysia[edit]

View from the Second Link bridge, facing towards Malaysia.
View of the bridge from Singapore
Tuas entry stamp in Malaysian Passport
Tuas exit stamp in Malaysian Passport

The approach to the bridge is via the Second Link Expressway, which can be accessed by exiting the North–South Expressway (E2) at Exit 253 Senai North Interchange. 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). The expressway link to Taman Perling is also known as Pontian–Johor Bahru Parkway.

From Singapore[edit]

The bridge is directly accessed via the Ayer Rajah Expressway, along with other supporting roads around the vicinity of the Tuas industrial area.

History[edit]

The idea of building a second link between Malaysia and Singapore was first raised in July 1980 by then-Menteri Besar of Johor, Othman Saat. Gelang Patah was raised as a viable site due to its distant proximity from Johor Bahru, and the suggestion was raised to tackle growing traffic jams on the causeway.[4] The Malaysian federal Government welcomed Othman's plan, and the Johor State Government formed a committee to study the feasibility of building the second link.[5]

In July 1989, United Engineers Malaysia Berhad (UEM) submitted a proposal to the government of Malaysia to privatise 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 construction of the bridge required the co-operation of the government of Malaysia and the government of the Singapore. On 22 March 1994, an inter-government agreement was signed defining the responsibilities of both governments with regard to the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the bridge. Each government was responsible for the construction of the portion the bridge which fell within its borders, based on a common agreed design. A joint committee comprising representatives of each government was formed to oversee the implementation of this Malaysia–Singapore Second Crossing project.

The major components of the project are the Second Crossing bridge, forty-four kilometres of expressways, a Customs, Immigration and Quarantine complex, three toll plazas, two rest and service areas and other ancillary facilities. The bridge was designed to accommodate up to 200,000 vehicles a day.

The Second Link was 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.

Navigational channels[edit]

When travelling by sea, navigational aids consists of lights mounted on the bridge piers and lighted buoys placed at strategic navigational locations. The three sea channels dimensions are 75 metres (246 ft) wide by 25 metres (82 ft) high; 50 metres (160 ft) wide by 9 metres (30 ft) high; and 75 metres (246 ft) wide by 12 metres (39 ft) high.

Major events[edit]

Johor–Singapore International 2nd Link Bridge Run[edit]

Since 1999, an annual 2nd Link Bridge Run is organised to promote sports and cross-border ties. Both countries take turns to host the event that has seen increasing numbers of participants.

Technical specifications[edit]

Bridge Specifications

  • Overall length of bridge: 1,920 metres (6,300 ft)
  • Length within Malaysian waters: 1,769 metres (5,804 ft)
  • Construction period: Oct 1994 to Oct 1997
  • Total length of piles: 10,230 metres (33,560 ft)
  • Total volume of concrete: 54,000 cubic metres (1,900,000 cu ft)
  • Total weight of reinforcing steel: 18,000 tonnes (20,000 short tons)
  • Total number of precast box segments: 840 units
  • Longest span: 165 metres (541 ft)

Navigational Channels

  • Malaysian main navigational channel: 75 metres (246 ft) wide by 25 metres (82 ft) high.
  • Malaysian secondary navigational channel: 50 metres (160 ft) wide by 9 metres (30 ft) high.
  • Singaporean navigational channel: 75 metres (246 ft) wide by 12 metres (39 ft) high

Public bus transport[edit]

Causeway Link Routes CW3, CW4, CW6 and CW7 from Jurong East, Boon Lay & Tuas Link in Singapore to Bukit Indah, Gelang Patah, Pontian & Legoland in Malaysia cross this border daily.

Transtar Travel Routes TS6 & TS6A from Bouna Vista & Changi Airport via one-north & Tuas Link in Singapore to Legoland, Puteri Harbour & Gelang Patah Sentral in Malaysia cross this border daily. Do note that passengers should inform the driver where they will be alighting at when boarding the bus.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_844_2005-01-07.html
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 2 October 2006.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Transtar TS6".
  4. ^ Bernama, Causeway or Free Trade Zone request, p. 12, 14 July 1980, New Straits Times
  5. ^ Panel set up to study link Proposal, p. 8, 17 December 1980, New Straits Times

External links[edit]

Malaysia[edit]

Singapore[edit]

Others[edit]

  • Google Maps link showing the Second Link, with Tanjung Kupang, Malaysia, at left and Tuas, Singapore, at right.