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

Singapore has revealed optimism that assessments relevant 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 positive that the discussions on the pending 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 “intense review” over the RTS Link campaign, said the ministry.

Works on the RTS Link, which was originally set for conclusion by 2024, has subsequently been suspended.

In fact, the interruption had been extended 3 times at the demand of Malaysia. The current extension was because of 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 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 begin work in November.

According to him, both states are set to sign the contract on the job 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, provided that Singapore’s General Election have been completed 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 need to do all this ahead of the 31 July deadline,” mentioned 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 jam on the Causeway.

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