October 31, 2019 / 8:41 AM / a month ago

Malaysia-Singapore rail link back on at lower cost - Mahathir

Malaysian Prime Minister looks at a press release in a news conference to announce a railway project in Johor Bahru, Malaysia October 31, 2019. REUTERS/Angie Teo

JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia (Reuters) - A train line linking Malaysia’s southern state of Johor with neighbouring Singapore will go ahead after the projected cost was cut by 36 percent, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Thursday, ending months of uncertainty over the delayed project.

The Rapid Transit System Link, which will bridge one of the world’s busiest border crossings, can carry up to 10,000 passengers an hour each way, more than 30 times the capacity of the existing train service.

The project will cost 3.16 billion ringgit ($757 million), down from 4.93 billion ringgit under the original proposal, Mahathir said, adding that his government was in discussions with Singapore over the terms.

Reporting by Fathin Ungku; Additional reporting by Aradhana Aravindan; Writing by Joe Brock; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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