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

Singapore has stated optimism that discussions 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 assessments on the outstanding matters can be concluded by the 31 July due date,” a representative for the Ministry of Transport (MOT) told CNA.

This comes as Singapore and Malaysia have been participated in “intensive review” over the RTS Link campaign, claimed the ministry.

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

In fact, the interruption had been extended three times at the request of Malaysia. The most current extension was because of the enforcement of the “circuit breaker” measures to suppress the spread of Covid-19 in Singapore as well as Malaysia’s movement control order.

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

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

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

Malaysian Transportation Minister Wee Ka Siong also claimed it will wait for the city-state’s new Cabinet to form, granted that Singapore’s General Election have been completed over the weekend.

“If we have the ability to finalize the agreements next week, the time would have come for us to seal the agreement. We should do all this prior to the 31 July target date,” pointed out Wee.

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

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