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

Singapore has stated expectations 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).

“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 “extensive discussion” over the RTS Link project, stated the ministry.

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

The suspension had actually been extended 3 times at the demand of Malaysia. The most recent extension was due to the enforcement of the “breaker” measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Singapore together with Malaysia’s movement control order.

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

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

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

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

“If we are able to finalize the agreements next week, the time would have come for us to seal the contract. We must do all this before the 31 July deadline,” pointed out Wee.

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

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