Ministry of Transport Said Discussions On Singapore-Johor Bahru Link Project Can Be Finalised By End-July
Singapore has stated optimism that assessments associated 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 positive that the discussions on the unresolved matters can be concluded by the 31 July deadline,” a spokesperson for the Ministry of Transport (MOT) told CNA.
This comes as Singapore and Malaysia have been engaged in “intense discussion” over the RTS Link campaign, stated the ministry.
Works on the RTS Link, which was primarily set for completion by 2024, has ever since been suspended.
In fact, the suspension had been extended 3 times at the request of Malaysia. The latest extension was because of the enforcement of the “circuit breaker” measures to refrain 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 project to commence work in November.
According to him, both nations are set to sign the contract on the job by end-July, reported The Star.
Malaysian Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong also said it will wait on the city-state’s new Cabinet to form, considered that Singapore’s General Election have been finished over the weekend.
“If we have the ability to complete the agreements next week, the time would have come for us to seal the contract. We need to do all this ahead of the 31 July timeline,” said Wee.
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To link Woodlands in Singapore to Bukit Chagar in Johor Bahru, the RTS Link will serve around 10,000 passengers per hour each way, assisting relieve traffic jam on the Causeway.