Ministry of Transport Said Discussions On Singapore-Johor Bahru Link Project Can Be Finalised By End-July

Singapore has stated expectations that assessments 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 positive that the discussions on the pending matters can be concluded by the 31 July due date,” a spokesperson for the Ministry of Transport (MOT) advised CNA.

This comes as Singapore and Malaysia have been participated in “intensive review” over the RTS Link campaign, said the ministry.

Works on the RTS Link, which was primarily set for completion by 2024, has ever since been suspended.

The suspension had been extended three times at the demand of Malaysia. The most recent extension was due to the enforcement of the “breaker” measures to suppress the spread of Covid-19 in Singapore along 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.

Johor’s Chief Minister Hasni Mohammad reportedly expects the task to begin work in November.

According to him, both countries are set to sign the contract on the project by end-July, reported The Star.

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Malaysian Transportation Minister Wee Ka Siong also stated it will wait for the city-state’s brand-new Cabinet to form, provided that Singapore’s General Election have actually been completed 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 need to do all this ahead of the 31 July deadline,” stated Wee.

To link up Woodlands in Singapore to Bukit Chagar in Johor Bahru, the RTS Link will serve around 10,000 travelers per hour each way, helping relieve traffic jam on the Causeway.

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