Malaysia-Singapore reach RTS understanding

The Rapid Transit System (RTS) in Johor will cost RM4 billion.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and Singapore have reached an understanding in regards to the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System Link (RTS).

Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook said the understanding on the rail project linking both nations across the Johor straits was reached with his Singapore counterpart , Khaw Boon Wan, last month.

“Yes (discussion) on the Johor Baru-Singapore RTS (will be finalised) soon. We are working closely (with Singapore) behind the scene. We know that the RTS project is quite important.

“I had met with Singapore Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan last month and we had reached an understanding.

“At the moment we are still finalising several details and after its is resolved, we will make an announcement on it soon”, he said after attending the 4th China-Malaysia Port Alliance Annual Meeting 2019 here today.

The RTS project was scheduled to begin construction this year and was expected to be completed by December 2024.

In May this year, both Malaysia and Singapore signed a postponement agreement, seek avenues of cost reduction involving the project.

Malaysia will reimburse Singapore about RM2 million by July 31 as abortive costs incurred as a result of the six-month suspension of the RTS project.

The RM4 billion RTS Link project is a 4km rail link between Bukit Chagar in Johor Baru and Woodlands in Singapore, with a capacity to ferry 10,000 passengers per hour.

Source : New Straits Times