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).

“Like Malaysia, we are positive that the examinations on the remaining matters can be concluded by the 31 July timeline,” a representative for the Ministry of Transport (MOT) informed CNA.

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

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

In fact, the stoppage had been extended 3 times at the demand of Malaysia. The current extension was because of the enforcement of the “circuit breaker” measures to curb 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 forecasts the task to commence work in November.

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

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

“If we have the ability to complete the discussions next week, the time would have come for us to seal the contract. We need to do all this prior to the 31 July target date,” said Wee.

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

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