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

Singapore expressed 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 hopeful that the assessments on the remaining 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 participated in “intense review” over the RTS Link assignment, claimed the ministry.

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

The suspension had been prolonged 3 times at the request of Malaysia. The most recent extension was because of the enforcement of the “breaker” measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Singapore as well as Malaysia’s movement control order.

The RTS link will also be connected to the Woodlands North MRT station on the Thomson-East Coast Line.

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

According to him, both countries 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 for the city-state’s brand-new Cabinet to form, granted that Singapore’s General Election have been finished over the weekend.

“If we are able to finish the agreements next week, the time would have come for us to seal the contract. We need to do all this prior to the 31 July due date,” pointed out Wee.

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

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