Ministry of Transport Said Discussions On Singapore-Johor Bahru Link Project Can Be Finalised By End-July
Singapore has exhibited expectations that assessments related to the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link project could be concluded by the end of July, reported Channel News Asia (CNA).
“Like Malaysia, we are optimistic that the assessments on the outstanding matters can be concluded by the 31 July deadline,” a speaker for the Ministry of Transport (MOT) told CNA.
This comes as Singapore and Malaysia have been participated in “intense discussion” over the RTS Link assignment, said the ministry.
Works on the RTS Link, which was originally set for finalization by 2024, has subsequently been suspended.
The suspension had been extended 3 times at the request of Malaysia. The current extension was due to the enforcement of the “circuit breaker” measures to suppress the spread of Covid-19 in Singapore along with Malaysia’s movement control order.
The RTS link will also link up to the Woodlands North MRT station on the Thomson-East Coast Line.
Johor’s Chief Minister Hasni Mohammad reportedly expects the task to commence work in November.
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According to him, both nations are set to sign the agreement on the job by end-July, reported The Star.
Malaysian Transportation Minister Wee Ka Siong also said it will wait for the city-state’s new Cabinet to form, considered that Singapore’s General Election have actually been completed over the weekend.
“If we have the ability to finish the discussions next week, the time would have come for us to seal the agreement. We should do all this before the 31 July timeline,” pointed out Wee.
To connect Woodlands in Singapore to Bukit Chagar in Johor Bahru, the RTS Link will serve around 10,000 travelers per hour each direction, helping ease traffic jam on the Causeway.