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

Singapore stated optimism that assessments associated to the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link campaign could be concluded by the end of July, reported Channel News Asia (CNA).

“Like Malaysia, we are positive that the discussions on the unresolved matters can be concluded by the 31 July due date,” a speaker for the Ministry of Transport (MOT) advised CNA.

This comes as Singapore and Malaysia have been engaged in “intense review” over the RTS Link project, stated the ministry.

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

In fact, the interruption had been extended three times at the demand of Malaysia. The current extension was due to 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 project to commence work in November.

According to him, both states are set to sign the contract on the job by end-July, reported The Star.

Malaysian Transportation Minister Wee Ka Siong also stated 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 conclude the discussions next week, the time would have come for us to seal the contract. We need to do all this before the 31 July target date,” stated Wee.

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

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