Ministry of Transport Said Discussions On Singapore-Johor Bahru Link Project Can Be Finalised By End-July
Singapore expressed expectations that discussions associated 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 positive that the examinations on the unresolved matters can be concluded by the 31 July deadline,” a spokesperson for the Ministry of Transport (MOT) told CNA.
This comes as Singapore and Malaysia have been engaged in “extensive review” over the RTS Link project, said the ministry.
Works on the RTS Link, which was originally set for finalization by 2024, has ever since been suspended.
In fact, the interruption had been prolonged three times at the demand of Malaysia. The most recent extension was because of the enforcement of the “breaker” measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Singapore along 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 forecasts the task 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.
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Malaysian Transportation Minister Wee Ka Siong also said it will await the city-state’s brand-new Cabinet to form, granted that Singapore’s General Election have actually been finished over the weekend.
“If we have the ability to finish the agreements next week, the time would have come for us to seal the agreement. We need to do all this prior to the 31 July timeline,” 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 direction, assisting ease traffic jam on the Causeway.