Ministry of Transport Said Discussions On Singapore-Johor Bahru Link Project Can Be Finalised By End-July
Singapore stated 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 discussions on the unresolved matters can be concluded by the 31 July due date,” a speaker for the Ministry of Transport (MOT) told CNA.
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This comes as Singapore and Malaysia have been participated in “intense review” over the RTS Link assignment, said the ministry.
Works on the RTS Link, which was primarily set for realization by 2024, has since been suspended.
The suspension had been prolonged three times at the demand of Malaysia. The latest extension was due to the enforcement of the “breaker” measures to suppress the spread of Covid-19 in Singapore together with 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 anticipates the job to start work in November.
According to him, both nations are set to sign the contract on the task by end-July, reported The Star.
Malaysian Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong also claimed it will wait on the city-state’s brand-new Cabinet to form, considered that Singapore’s General Election have actually been finished over the weekend.
“If we have the ability to finalize the agreements next week, the time would have come for us to seal the agreement. We must do all this before the 31 July target date,” said Wee.
To connect Woodlands in Singapore to Bukit Chagar in Johor Bahru, the RTS Link will serve around 10,000 travelers per hour each direction, assisting relieve traffic jam on the Causeway.