Singapore - High Speed Rail to KL

Singapore - High Speed Rail to KL

Postby winston » Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:28 pm

Proposed stops for KL-Singapore high-speed rail

SINGAPORE: The prospect of dinner in Kuala Lumpur's Jalan Alor, supper in Malacca's Jonker Street and a return to Singapore before clubbing hours is looking more likely, going by published details of the planned high-speed rail (HSR) link between KL and Singapore.

According to Malaysia's Land Public Transport Commission, the rail service is proposed to have stops in Seremban, Ayer Keroh (Malacca), Muar, Batu Pahat and Nusajaya in Johor, not far from a motorsports hub being built by Singapore tycoon Peter Lim.

Passengers will take 2 1/2 hours to go from KL to Singapore, said the commission. This includes time for waiting, transfers and immigration clearance, and is shorter than the five hours by car and four by plane.

Actual travel time between the two cities is estimated at 90 minutes.

Besides an express service, the line will also have transit trains that stop at the cities in between.

With stops, travel time could be one to two hours longer.

The commission estimated that the HSR will carry up to 49,000 passengers daily by its 10th year of operation, giving rise to an annual ridership of 17.9 million.

It predicts that annual ridership will hit 251 million by 2060. In comparison, the HSR link between Taipei and Kaohsiung - about the length of the Singapore-KL link - has an annual ridership of 44.5 million.

In 2011, the southern corridor, which the proposed KL-Singapore HSR will ply, accounted for 7.45 billion trips by car, bus and plane, according to the commission.

A spokesman for the commission said it may be able to share more details in September.

The Straits Times understands that the Singapore and Malaysian governments have been meeting once a month on the project.

In Singapore, the LTA called a tender in April for a feasibility study on possible locations of the HSR's terminus in the Republic.

Three possible sites have been raised: Tuas West, Jurong East and the city centre.

The authority said the tender has not yet been awarded, but it has received inquiries from several countries which are keen to take part in the project. These include Japan, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Like many on both sides of the Causeway, Barry Kan is excited about the line.

The chief executive of FASTrack Autosports, a Singapore-led company that is building a race track in Nusajaya, said: "We heard there will be a station near our circuit, but there's been no official confirmation.

"If there is one, it will be more convenient for Singaporeans for sure. But even if there wasn't a station, I think enthusiasts will still come to the track."

In an interview with The Star last month, Malaysia's Land Public Transport Commission chief executive Mohamad Nur Ismal Kamal said train fares will be comparable to budget airline fares.

Source: The Straits Times
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Re: Singapore - High Speed Rail to KL

Postby winston » Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:56 pm

KL-Singapore high-speed train travel time shorter than taking flight

The Singapore-Kuala Lumpur high-speed rail (HSR) is expected to cut travelling time by half, even if one were to take a flight, according to details published by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).

Singapore's The Straits Times (ST), quoting SPAD, said travel time from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur would only take 2.5 hours, including transfers and immigration clearance. It currently takes 4 hours by flight, including time spent in waiting and immigration clearance.

The paper reported that both Singaporean and Malaysian authorities have been meeting once every month on the HSR project.

SPAD chief executive Mohamad Nur Ismal Kamal previously said both governments had entered phase two of negotiations on the project, to decide on issues like technical surveys, socio-economic analyses on the stations and environmental analyses.

“On our part, we have to choose the most beneficial way for Malaysia to take on this project as one of the main catalysts for it to become a developed and high-income nation,” Nur told The Star last month.

SPAD's Singapore counterpart, the Land Transport Authority, has also embarked on a study to find the location of the HSR's final stop in the republic, which could right now be either Tuas West, Jurong East or the city centre.

The construction of the HSR, which could reportedly cost more than RM40 billion, is due to begin late next year.

ST also reported that a Singapore firm has welcomed Nusajaya as one of the proposed Malaysian stops along the HSR.

The western Johor township is, after all, where Singapore's FASTrack Autosports, the company owned by tycoon Peter Lim, is building a motorsports hub which includes a racing circuit.

"We heard there will be a station near our circuit, but there's been no official confirmation.

"If there is one, it will be more convenient for Singaporeans for sure. But even if there wasn't a station, I think enthusiasts will still come to the track," said FASTrack chief executive Barry Kan.

Other stations being proposed include Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar and Batu Pahat.

Singaporeans have traditionally visited Malaysia during holidays, using popular means including the current overnight train service provided by Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad.

"The prospect of dinner in Kuala Lumpur's Jalan Alor, supper in Malacca's Jonker Street and a return to Singapore before clubbing hours is looking more likely, going by published details of the planned high-speed rail (HSR) link between KL and Singapore," said ST.

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Re: Singapore - High Speed Rail to KL

Postby winston » Thu Oct 23, 2014 4:59 pm

Malaysia-Singapore high-speed rail to be finalised next year – Bernama

Malaysia will start finalising details with Singapore on the upcoming High Speed Rail (HSR) project in the first quarter of next year.

Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar (pic) said this to Malaysian and Singaporean reporters at the High-Speed Rail Conference 2014 in Tokyo today.

The conference is held in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Tokaido Shinkansen (Tokaido bullet train).

"As far as the feasibility study is concerned, we have submitted it (report)to the (Malaysian) government and they have accepted it. It will go to both the Prime Ministers (of Malaysia and Singapore).

"Two committees have already been established, a technical and a joint ministerial committee," he said.

Singapore is still in the midst of its own feasibility study and is expected to complete it early next year.

Hamid said the government was currently assessing the best HSR system for Malaysia to adopt based on the ones from Europe, China and Japan.

It was not merely the technology that was being studied but the human capital and cultural mindset behind it as well, he added.

On the lack of rail specialists in Malaysia, he said more universities have been offering courses on rail engineering in preparation for the country's changing public transport landscape.

He admitted that the HSR "was a whole new level" in rail technology, but assured that local rail engineers would be sent for training overseas once the government had decided the country from which the technology would be sourced from.

Hamid said seven HSR stops have been confirmed on Malaysia's side, namely Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Batu Pahat, Muar and Nusajaya.

Source: Bernama
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Postby winston » Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:15 am

Malaysia confirms its S'pore-KL rail stations

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Postby winston » Sat Oct 25, 2014 11:30 am

HSR underscores more prospects for rail jobs
24 OCTOBER 2014

THE Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high speed rail (HSR) project underscores more prospects for rail-related jobs following news that the MRT2 and LRT3 projects will likely commence next year as per 2015 Budget, said AmResearch Sdn Bhd.

This came after a news report said the seven proposed stops for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR project had been confirmed. They are Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Seremban (Negri Sembilan), Ayer Keroh (Malacca) and Muar, Batu Pahat and Nusajaya in Johor.

AmResearch said the states, through which the line will pass have given their consent.

The Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR project is due to be completed by 2020 at a cost of RM40 billion. A joint ministerial and technical committee is being set up to facilitate the project.

A key objective of the HSR is to reduce travel time between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to 90 minutes, besides opening new economic and development corridors along the HSR network.

“If the project takes on a private financing initiative mode, we believe Gamuda Bhd could be in the mix of things, given its proven niche in executing high-impact rail projects and a strong balance sheet,” AmResearch said.

It said previous press reports indicated that at least three bidders had shown interest in the project, namely UEM Sunrise Bhd, MMC-Gamuda Bhd and YTL Corp Bhd.

“Suppliers of building materials, for example Ann Joo Resources Bhd, Lion Industries Corp Bhd and Lafarge Malaysia Bhd, stand to benefit from this project,” it added.

The research house has maintained an “overweight” stance on the construction sector, citing Mah Sing Group Bhd, IJM Land Bhd, WCT Holdings Bhd (via WCT Land Bhd), Gamuda (via Gamuda Land), UEM Sunrise and Eastern & Oriental Bhd as key beneficiaries.

“Likewise, the project will be a long-term catalyst for Malaysian developers, particularly those with visible landbanks in both Kuala Lumpur and Johor,” it said.

Source: NST
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Re: Singapore - High Speed Rail to KL

Postby winston » Wed Oct 29, 2014 5:09 pm

Singapore-Kuala Lumpur Bullet Train May Miss 2020 Deadline

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Re: Singapore - High Speed Rail to KL

Postby winston » Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:47 pm

07 Nov 2014

DJ CIMB Casts Doubt on the KL-To-Singapore High-Speed Train -- Market Talk

0433 GMT [Dow Jones] The proposed high-speed rail between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore may not be a priority project, among the many that Malaysia has planned for the economy, says a Singapore based analyst.

"I think there are other perhaps more important infra spending in Malaysia that can be seen to be benefiting the rakyat [people] more than a faster connection to Singapore," says Song Seng Wun of CIMB.

Work on the estimated MYR40 billion project is expected to begin late next year and to be completed by 2020.

Covering about 350 kilometers, the train could cut travel time to 90 minutes, from the current eight hours on regular train.

There will be seven stops on the Malaysian side.

"It is looking increasingly like a fast train rather than a high speed train.

A high speed train works most efficiently in a straight line, with minimum stops," say Song.

Source: Dow Jones Newswires
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Postby winston » Sat Dec 27, 2014 3:53 pm

KL-Singapore high speed rail project to start in 2016

The construction of the high-speed rail (HSR) link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore is expected to start in 2016, The Star reports today.

Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar told the English daily seven stations have been identified – Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat and Nusajaya.

Once completed, travel time between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore is expected to take some 90 minutes.

At present, it takes up to eight hours by train between the two cities, around five hours by bus and car, and 45 minutes by flight.
The Star added that the HSR may start off with four trains on its tracks and is estimated to cost RM38.4 billion to build.

The report said Japan, which introduced the bullet train or Shinkansen in 1964, was one of many countries that have stepped up to bid for what will be Asean’s first high-speed train.

It said that East Japan Railway Company (JR East), banking on its impeccable safety record, was eyeing to bring its technology to Malaysia.

“Japan can offer the safety and reliability of the Shinkansen, and we can share experiences learned during its 50 years of service,” JR East International Department general manager Takeshi Tsuyoshi was quoted as saying.

The Tokyo station serves some 15 Shinkansen train sets each hour during peak times. Each train set is capable of shuttling 700 to 1,634 passengers, many times the capacity of the electric train service.

The average Shinkansen speed is about 240kph (on certain lines), with top speeds up to 320kph.

The HSR project is one of the entry point projects listed under the Economic Transformation Programme aimed at improving the economic dynamism of Malaysia’s capital city and liveability ranking relative to other global cities.

It was reported in October that the project’s feasibility study, carried out by SPAD, had been submitted to the Malaysian and Singaporean governments and a meeting between the two governments would be held early next year to finalise the details.

It said then that construction would likely begin in the third quarter of next year with the timeline to complete the project expected by 2020.

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Postby winston » Sun Mar 22, 2015 6:13 am

Singapore, Malaysia working to agree on high-speed rail project by Q3

In response to queries from Channel NewsAsia, a spokesperson on Saturday (Mar 21) said the ministry is working closely with its Malaysian counterparts on various aspects of the HSR project, and that both sides are working on "a number of complex issues, including the operating and financing models, that have to be jointly agreed upon”.

The Malaysian Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) told Channel NewsAsia earlier this week that plans for the HSR project on the Malaysian side could only progress to the procurement stage after discussions with Singapore.

CEO of SPAD Mohd Nur Ismail Kamal said the open tender for the rail project would most likely take place in early 2016.

When completed in 2020, the HSR link between the two cities will reduce the overland journey time by half - to under three hours.

It will be the first high-speed rail link in Southeast Asia.

Source: CNA
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