According to Johor Bahru City Council (MBJB) mayor Datuk Mohd Noorazam Osman, the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) project is expected to cause some congestion in the city centre.
He attributed this due to the contractors commencing building works, which included the utility infrastructure transfer procedure.
“There will be some congestion in Johor Bahru after this when the RTS project begins moving aggressively forward because the contractors and sub-contractors appointed are carrying out the work simultaneously.
“This means that the areas in Stulang Laut, R&F Mall JB shopping centre to the RTS area in Bukit Chagar will see development work moving in full swing,” he told reporters when met at the MBJB Aidilfitri Open House here, on the 18th of May 2022.
Mohd Noorazam is aware of the inconvenience that will cause the public, but he hopes that the residents of Johor Bahru would be patient, as the project would benefit both the people of Johor and the country as a whole.
“This project is expected to be completed in 2024 for the infrastructure phase and will be fully completed in 2026. The safety of the people of Johor Bahru will be taken into account because this project also involves building structures up to 25 metres in height.
“It is possible that traffic on certain routes will be diverted, but it has not been finalised,” he said.
The RTS line is a four-kilometre rail network in Singapore that connects Bukit Chagar Station, Johor Bahru, and Woodlands.