Ministry of Transport Said Discussions On Singapore-Johor Bahru Link Project Can Be Finalised By End-July
Singapore revealed optimism that assessments associated 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 optimistic that the discussions on the pending matters can be concluded by the 31 July due date,” a representative for the Ministry of Transport (MOT) advised CNA.
This comes as Singapore and Malaysia have been engaged in “intense assessment” over the RTS Link assignment, stated the ministry.
Works on the RTS Link, which was originally set for realization by 2024, has ever since been suspended.
The suspension had been extended 3 times at the demand of Malaysia. The latest extension was due to the enforcement of the “circuit breaker” measures to suppress the spread of Covid-19 in Singapore as well as Malaysia’s movement control order.
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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 forecasts the task 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 Transportation Minister Wee Ka Siong also claimed it will wait for the city-state’s brand-new Cabinet to form, considered that Singapore’s General Election have been finished over the weekend.
“If we have the ability to finalize the agreements next week, the time would have come for us to seal the agreement. We should do all this before the 31 July timeline,” said Wee.
To link 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 congestion on the Causeway.