Ministry of Transport Said Discussions On Singapore-Johor Bahru Link Project Can Be Finalised By End-July
Singapore stated optimism that assessments related to the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link project might be concluded by the end of July, reported Channel News Asia (CNA).
“Like Malaysia, we are optimistic that the assessments on the unresolved matters can be concluded by the 31 July deadline,” a speaker for the Ministry of Transport (MOT) told CNA.
This comes as Singapore and Malaysia have been engaged in “extensive discussion” over the RTS Link assignment, claimed the ministry.
Works on the RTS Link, which was initially set for conclusion by 2024, has subsequently been suspended.
In fact, the stoppage had been prolonged three times at the request of Malaysia. The most recent extension was because of the enforcement of the “circuit breaker” measures to refrain the spread of Covid-19 in Singapore together 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 anticipates the job 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 Transportation Minister Wee Ka Siong also mentioned it will wait on the city-state’s new Cabinet to form, considered that Singapore’s General Election have been finished over the weekend.
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“If we have the ability to wrap up 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 deadline,” pointed out Wee.
To link Woodlands in Singapore to Bukit Chagar in Johor Bahru, the RTS Link will serve around 10,000 travelers per hour each way, assisting ease traffic congestion on the Causeway.