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 project could be concluded by the end of July, reported Channel News Asia (CNA).
“Like Malaysia, we are optimistic that the examinations on the unresolved matters can be concluded by the 31 July deadline,” a representative for the Ministry of Transport (MOT) advised CNA.
This comes as Singapore and Malaysia have been participated in “extensive discussion” over the RTS Link project, stated the ministry.
Works on the RTS Link, which was primarily set for completion by 2024, has subsequently been suspended.
In fact, the suspension had been extended 3 times at the request of Malaysia. The most recent extension was due to 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 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.
According to him, both states are set to sign the agreement on the task by end-July, reported The Star.
Malaysian Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong also claimed it will wait for the city-state’s new Cabinet to form, considered that Singapore’s General Election have actually been completed over the weekend.
“If we are able to finish the agreements next week, the time would have come for us to seal the agreement. We must do all this prior to the 31 July deadline,” pointed out Wee.
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To connect Woodlands in Singapore to Bukit Chagar in Johor Bahru, the RTS Link will serve around 10,000 travelers per hour each way, assisting relieve traffic jam on the Causeway.