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

Singapore expressed optimism that assessments relevant 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 optimistic that the examinations on the outstanding matters can be concluded by the 31 July timeline,” a representative for the Ministry of Transport (MOT) told CNA.

This comes as Singapore and Malaysia have been engaged in “intensive assessment” over the RTS Link assignment, stated the ministry.

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

In fact, the stoppage had been extended 3 times at the demand of Malaysia. The current extension was due to the enforcement of the “circuit breaker” measures to refrain 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 anticipates the task to begin work in November.

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

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

“If we are able to finalize the arrangements next week, the time would have come for us to seal the contract. We should do all this prior to the 31 July timeline,” pointed out Wee.

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

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