Ministry of Transport Said Discussions On Singapore-Johor Bahru Link Project Can Be Finalised By End-July
Singapore has stated optimism that discussions related to the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link campaign might be concluded by the end of July, reported Channel News Asia (CNA).
“Like Malaysia, we are hopeful that the examinations on the outstanding matters can be concluded by the 31 July timeline,” a speaker for the Ministry of Transport (MOT) informed CNA.
This comes as Singapore and Malaysia have been participated in “intensive discussion” over the RTS Link project, stated the ministry.
Works on the RTS Link, which was initially set for conclusion by 2024, has ever since been suspended.
The suspension had actually been prolonged 3 times at the demand of Malaysia. The latest extension was due to the enforcement of the “breaker” measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Singapore along with Malaysia’s movement control order.
The RTS link will also connect 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 states are set to sign the agreement on the job by end-July, reported The Star.
Malaysian Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong also mentioned it will wait for the city-state’s brand-new Cabinet to form, given that Singapore’s General Election have been completed over the weekend.
“If we have the ability to complete the agreements next week, the time would have come for us to seal the agreement. We need to do all this ahead of the 31 July target date,” pointed out Wee.
To link up Woodlands in Singapore to Bukit Chagar in Johor Bahru, the RTS Link will serve around 10,000 commuters per hour each way, helping relieve traffic jam on the Causeway.