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Singapore has confirmed that it has no plans to build a third bridge to link to Malaysia, according to a report by Bernama.

“We are not currently planning for a third bridge. I have seen some statements in Malaysia suggesting one, but the High-Speed Rail (HSR) is a very ambitious project,” responded Singapore prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, when asked if a third bridge was needed in light of the high-speed rail link.

It has been suggested that a third bridge is necessary as the current two links (Malaysia–Singapore Second Link and Johor–Singapore Causeway) were unable to cope with the high traffic volume.

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The report also pointed out that the proposed third bridge would be built at the Kong Kong area in Pasir Gudang, entering Singapore via Sembawang. This will help not just to keep the traffic in check, but to encourage trade between the two countries.

“I would focus all my energy doing that one (HSR) before we launch a new big project,” said Lee, who signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Malaysian prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak in July to facilitate the project.

The HSR will include a 350 km-long double-track route (335 km of which is in Malaysia, and 15 km in Singapore), and will have eight stops in total – Singapore, Iskandar Puteri, Batu Pahat, Muar, Ayer Keroh, Seremban, Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur. Construction is set to begin in 2018, with completion in 2025, and operations beginning the year after that.