Singapore and Malaysia to choose ‘unique venue’ to mark restart of RTS project: Khaw Boon Wan

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Woodlands North MRT station will connect commuters to Bukit Chagar in Johor Baru, Malaysia, when the Rapid Transit System Link is completed. (ILLUSTRATION: Khaw Boon Wan/Facebook)
Woodlands North MRT station will connect commuters to Bukit Chagar in Johor Baru, Malaysia, when the Rapid Transit System Link is completed. (ILLUSTRATION: Khaw Boon Wan/Facebook)

SINGAPORE — Singapore and Malaysia are in discussions to choose a venue for the signing between the two countries to mark the restart of the Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link project, said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan on Tuesday (21 July).

Commending teams from both countries for their “dedication and sacrifice” over six months of intensive discussions, Khaw said in a Facebook post, “We want a unique venue, to mark a historic event, to bring the stalled project back on track!”

In a separate statement, the Singapore Ministry of Transport (MOT) said both sides have been in intensive discussions on the resumption of the project, which is currently suspended at Malaysia’s request. They are working towards concluding all three key agreements, which need to be signed by 31 July, for the project to resume, the MOT added.

While the delay has affected the pace of discussions, it has not dampened the enthusiasm for the project, Khaw said. “There is now an agreed text on the changes to the project, for presentation to both governments for approval,” he added.

The construction of the Johor Baru-Singapore RTS is expected to start in January 2021 and become operational by the end of 2026, said Malaysian Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong on Tuesday, according to a report by Malay Mail.

The 4-km rail link will connect Bukit Chagar in Johor Baru to Woodlands in Singapore and is expected to ferry one way of up to 10,000 passengers per hour.

CGS-CIMB Research said the conclusion of the RTS agreement may lead to a likely favourable outcome for the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur High-Speed Rail’s review deadline by end-2020.

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