Ministry of Transport Said Discussions On Singapore-Johor Bahru Link Project Can Be Finalised By End-July
Singapore has exhibited optimism that assessments associated to the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link campaign might be concluded by the end of July, reported Channel News Asia (CNA).
“Like Malaysia, we are positive that the discussions on the remaining matters can be concluded by the 31 July deadline,” a speaker for the Ministry of Transport (MOT) advised CNA.
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This comes as Singapore and Malaysia have been participated in “intense review” over the RTS Link project, said the ministry.
Works on the RTS Link, which was originally set for finalization by 2024, has subsequently been suspended.
In fact, the suspension had been extended 3 times at the demand of Malaysia. The latest extension was due to the enforcement of the “breaker” measures to refrain the spread of Covid-19 in Singapore as well as Malaysia’s movement control order.
The RTS link will also connect 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 states are set to sign the agreement on the project by end-July, reported The Star.
Malaysian Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong also said it will await the city-state’s brand-new Cabinet to form, given that Singapore’s General Election have actually been finished over the weekend.
“If we have the ability to conclude the arrangements next week, the time would have come for us to seal the agreement. We need to do all this before the 31 July timeline,” stated Wee.
To connect Woodlands in Singapore to Bukit Chagar in Johor Bahru, the RTS Link will serve around 10,000 passengers per hour each way, helping relieve traffic jam on the Causeway.