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

Singapore has stated expectations 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 optimistic that the assessments on the outstanding matters can be concluded by the 31 July deadline,” a representative for the Ministry of Transport (MOT) informed CNA.

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

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

In fact, the suspension had been extended three 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 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 job to begin work in November.

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

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Malaysian Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong also said it will wait on the city-state’s new Cabinet to form, considered that Singapore’s General Election have actually been finished over the weekend.

“If we have the ability to conclude the arrangements next week, the time would have come for us to seal the agreement. We need to do all this ahead of the 31 July due 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 way, helping ease traffic jam on the Causeway.

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