Ministry of Transport Said Discussions On Singapore-Johor Bahru Link Project Can Be Finalised By End-July
Singapore has expressed expectations that assessments related to the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link campaign might be concluded by the end of July, reported Channel News Asia (CNA).
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“Like Malaysia, we are optimistic that the examinations on the remaining matters can be concluded by the 31 July timeline,” a representative for the Ministry of Transport (MOT) advised CNA.
This comes as Singapore and Malaysia have been engaged in “extensive assessment” over the RTS Link campaign, stated the ministry.
Works on the RTS Link, which was initially set for finalization by 2024, has since been suspended.
In fact, the stoppage had been prolonged 3 times at the demand of Malaysia. The latest extension was because of 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 forecasts the task to start work in November.
According to him, both nations are set to sign the contract on the task by end-July, reported The Star.
Malaysian Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong also stated it will await the city-state’s new Cabinet to form, considered that Singapore’s General Election have actually been finished over the weekend.
“If we are able to conclude the arrangements next week, the time would have come for us to seal the agreement. We should do all this prior to the 31 July due date,” said Wee.
To link up Woodlands in Singapore to Bukit Chagar in Johor Bahru, the RTS Link will serve around 10,000 passengers per hour each way, helping relieve traffic congestion on the Causeway.