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 hopeful that the assessments on the unresolved matters can be concluded by the 31 July due date,” a spokesperson for the Ministry of Transport (MOT) informed CNA.
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This comes as Singapore and Malaysia have been participated in “intensive assessment” over the RTS Link assignment, said the ministry.
Works on the RTS Link, which was originally set for realization by 2024, has subsequently been suspended.
The suspension had been prolonged 3 times at the request of Malaysia. The most recent extension was because of the enforcement of the “circuit breaker” measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Singapore as well as Malaysia’s movement control order.
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 begin work in November.
According to him, both nations are set to sign the agreement on the task by end-July, reported The Star.
Malaysian Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong also mentioned it will wait on the city-state’s brand-new Cabinet to form, given that Singapore’s General Election have been finished over the weekend.
“If we are able to conclude the agreements next week, the time would have come for us to seal the contract. We must do all this ahead of the 31 July deadline,” said 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 direction, helping ease traffic congestion on the Causeway.