Ministry of Transport Said Discussions On Singapore-Johor Bahru Link Project Can Be Finalised By End-July
Singapore exhibited expectations that discussions related 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 examinations on the remaining matters can be concluded by the 31 July timeline,” a representative for the Ministry of Transport (MOT) told CNA.
This comes as Singapore and Malaysia have been participated in “extensive review” over the RTS Link campaign, claimed the ministry.
Works on the RTS Link, which was initially set for completion by 2024, has subsequently been suspended.
In fact, the stoppage had been prolonged three times at the request of Malaysia. The newest extension was due to the enforcement of the “breaker” measures to suppress the spread of Covid-19 in Singapore together with Malaysia’s movement control order.
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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 forecasts the task to commence work in November.
According to him, both nations are set to sign the contract on the task by end-July, reported The Star.
Malaysian Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong also stated it will await the city-state’s new Cabinet to form, provided that Singapore’s General Election have been completed over the weekend.
“If we are able to finalize the discussions next week, the time would have come for us to seal the contract. We need to do all this prior to the 31 July target date,” said Wee.
To link up Woodlands in Singapore to Bukit Chagar in Johor Bahru, the RTS Link will serve around 10,000 passengers per hour each direction, helping ease traffic congestion on the Causeway.