Ministry of Transport Said Discussions On Singapore-Johor Bahru Link Project Can Be Finalised By End-July
Singapore has exhibited optimism that discussions relevant to the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link proposition could be concluded by the end of July, reported Channel News Asia (CNA).
“Like Malaysia, we are positive that the assessments on the unresolved matters can be concluded by the 31 July timeline,” a representative for the Ministry of Transport (MOT) advised CNA.
This comes as Singapore and Malaysia have been participated in “intensive assessment” over the RTS Link assignment, claimed the ministry.
Works on the RTS Link, which was originally set for completion by 2024, has subsequently been suspended.
The suspension had actually been extended 3 times at the demand of Malaysia. The current extension was because of the enforcement of the “breaker” measures to suppress the spread of Covid-19 in Singapore together with Malaysia’s movement control order.
The RTS link will also be connected to the Woodlands North MRT station on the Thomson-East Coast Line.
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Johor’s Chief Minister Hasni Mohammad reportedly expects the job to begin work in November.
According to him, both states are set to sign the contract on the project 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 completed over the weekend.
“If we have the ability to finish the negotiations next week, the time would have come for us to seal the agreement. We must do all this ahead of the 31 July target date,” mentioned Wee.
To connect Woodlands in Singapore to Bukit Chagar in Johor Bahru, the RTS Link will serve around 10,000 commuters per hour each way, helping ease traffic bottleneck on the Causeway.