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

Singapore exhibited optimism that discussions related 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 remaining matters can be concluded by the 31 July deadline,” a speaker for the Ministry of Transport (MOT) advised CNA.

This comes as Singapore and Malaysia have been engaged in “extensive review” over the RTS Link assignment, said the ministry.

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

In fact, the interruption had been prolonged 3 times at the request of Malaysia. The most current extension was due to the enforcement of the “circuit breaker” measures to suppress the spread of Covid-19 in Singapore together 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 anticipates the task to commence work in November.

According to him, both states are set to sign the agreement 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 new Cabinet to form, given that Singapore’s General Election have actually been finished over the weekend.

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“If we are able to complete the negotiations next week, the time would have come for us to seal the contract. We need to do all this prior to the 31 July deadline,” 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 way, assisting ease traffic jam on the Causeway.

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