The Tuas Causeway, a 1.9 km-long bridge linking Tuas and Tanjung Kupang in Johor, was officially opened on 18 April 1998.
Initial plans to launch the opening in July 1997 and October 1997 were stalled because of tensions in bilateral ties. It was opened for public use at 10:00 am on Friday, 2 January 1998. The immigration and quarantine complex on the Malaysian side, the Sultan Abu Bakar Complex is about 4 km from the bridge and has 127 counters.
Tolls are levied in both directions, so a motorist pays the toll charges four times on a round trip. The Singapore Government collects at Tuas whilst on its opposite side, tolls are collected by the Malaysian Government plus the Malaysian concessionaire company, Linkedua which sank more than M$1 billion to build the bridge and the Malaysian expressway for the new crossing. The average number of vehicles fell from 12,600 to about 8,000 once the tolls were imposed. Comparatively, tolls at the Causeway are levied only in one direction.
2 Jan 1998 : opened for public use.
17 Mar 1998 : tolls first levied.
18 Apr 1998 : official opening.
Total daily load capacity: 200,000 vehicles.
Total length of bridge: 1.9 km-long linking Tuas and Tanjung Kupang, Johor.
Total length of expressway: 44 km on Malaysia's side.
Total cost: $1.5 billion with Singapore contributing S$800 and Malaysia S$700 million (M$1.6 billion).
Initial toll charges compared with that at the Causeway(as of end March 1998):
Second Link Causeway
Motorcycles M$1 -
Cars M$6.60 M$2.10 (S$1)
Lorries M$30 M$4.20 (S$1.50)
Fernandez. W. (1998, April 19). Regional crisis draws S'pore, Malaysia closer. The Sunday Times, pp. 1, 28.
Tolls hit Second Link . (1998, March 26). The Straits Times, p. 31.
Tuas Second Link: Golden Bridge or white elephant? (1998, April 7). The Straits Times, p. 34.
Motorists check out new link . (1998, January 3). The Straits Times, Home, p. 30.
Second link: Ready, set &. (1997, December 31). The Straits Times, Home, p. 17.
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Even if usage is low, it's money well-spent for the future . (1998, April 19). The Sunday Times, p. 28.
Fernandez, W. (1998, April 19). Regional crisis draws S'pore, Malaysia closer. The Sunday Times, p. 1.
The information in this article is valid as at 1998 and correct as far as we can ascertain from our sources. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history of the subject. Please contact the Library for further reading materials on the topic.