Singapore - High Speed Rail to KL

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Postby winston » Mon Apr 27, 2015 7:46 am

KL-Singapore rail link may miss 2020 deadline by two years

Source: THE BUSINESS TIMES
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Re: Singapore - High Speed Rail to KL

Postby winston » Tue May 05, 2015 6:20 pm

UPDATE 1-Singapore, Malaysia push back deadline for high-speed rail link

* Original project deadline of 2020 seen as unrealistic
* New timeline expected to be settled by end of 2015
* Singapore terminus to be located in Jurong East

SINGAPORE, May 5 (Reuters) - Singapore and Malaysia have decided to push back an initial deadline of 2020 for the completion of a high-speed rail link between the wealthy city state and Kuala Lumpur, their prime ministers said on Tuesday, citing the complexity of the project.

The Southeast Asian neighbours said they hoped to reach agreement by the end of the year on a new timeline for the railway link, which will cut travel time between the cities to 90 minutes.

"We looked at the original timeline of 2020, and think it is not really realistic," Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told a news conference, adding that the project was very challenging to carry out.

"We have to take a bit more time to do it well, but to do it without delay."

Singapore and Malaysia set a completion date of 2020 when they announced plans for the high-speed rail link in February 2013, but gave no estimate of the project cost.

Hailed at the time as a major breakthrough by some analysts, the announcement reflected an improvement in ties between the neighbours. Singapore was once part of Malaysia but they separated acrimoniously in 1965, clouding diplomatic and economic dealings for decades.

On Tuesday, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said construction of the link with the Malaysian capital would take five years, design one year and the tendering process another year.

"We both decided that bilateral issues pertaining to the high-speed rail project will be settled by the end of the year," Najib said. These issues covered management, the business model and government participation, he added.

Lee said the Singapore terminus of the high-speed rail link would be in Jurong East, a western part of the island that the government has been keen to develop.

Malaysia has proposed a route running through five coastal cities for its portion of the line, the country's Land Public Transport Commission says on its website.

Railway companies in Japan and China have been eager to play a role in the project. China wants to help build a Malaysia-Singapore high-speed rail link, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said last November.

It now takes about four hours to drive from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, a distance of around 300 km (186 miles).

A flight takes around 50 minutes, but airport formalities add to the time taken, besides a one-hour bus ride from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to the city centre.

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

Postby winston » Sat Jun 20, 2015 6:36 am

[b]Singapore surprised by Malaysia’s preference to end HSR terminus [/b]

SINGAPORE: Singapore is “surprised” by Malaysia’s Land Public Transport Commission’s (SPAD) statement that it preferred to terminate the High Speed Rail (HSR) terminus at the CIQ (customs, immigration and quarantine) complex in Johor Baharu.

Responding to media queries, the Ministry of Transport (MOT) spokesman said the HSR project linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore were agreed upon by both countries at the 2013 Leaders’ Retreat, with studies conducted by both countries.

Last year, Malaysia decided to locate the Kuala Lumpur HSR terminus in Bandar Malaysia, while MOT said Singapore would have the terminus in Jurong East.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong informed his Malaysian counterpart Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak of this at this year’s Singapore-Malaysia Leaders’ Retreat, and the locations were also announced at a joint press conference by the both premiers after that.

“Our understanding is that Malaysia views the commercial premise of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR project, and with which we agree, as being based on a direct connection between the two city centres,” the spokesperson said, adding that closing the Johor Baharu HSR terminus would not achieve this objective.

The spokesman said both sides were in discussions on the project’s commercial and operating models.

“Singapore has proposed that the domestic transit HSR services will stop at six stations in Malaysia between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

“As they primarily serve commuters travelling within Malaysia, they should operate separately from the express non-stop HSR services between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.”

The spokesman said this would give Malaysia autonomy over the domestic transit services to serve Malaysia’s domestic needs, while both countries work together on the cross-border HSR services.

On the Johor Baharu-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link, the spokesman said both countries could only determine the type and alignment of the crossing after both terminus locations have been confirmed.

Singapore informed Malaysia in June 2011 that the terminus in Singapore would be located at the Woodlands North station of the Thomson-East Coast Line. However, the MOT has yet to receive official confirmation of the location of Malaysia’s RTS terminus in Johor Baharu.

The spokesperson said contrary to what was said in the Malaysian media by Johor Public Works, Rural and Regional Development Committee Chairman Datuk Hasni Mohammad, there was no agreement with Malaysia that the crossing would be a high bridge.

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

Postby winston » Sun Oct 04, 2015 2:45 pm

KL to Singapore in just 90 minutes

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Source: NST

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Re: Singapore - High Speed Rail to KL

Postby winston » Fri Oct 09, 2015 8:19 am

Malaysia, Singapore Begin 'Next Phase' of High-Speed Rail Project

Industry views sought for link expected to be completed by 2022.

By Prashanth Parameswaran

Malaysia and Singapore moved forward on their high-speed rail project Wednesday with a new effort to gauge market interest and gather industry views, to inform ongoing bilateral discussions.

According to a press release issued October 7, Malaysia’s Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) and Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) have jointly launched a market sensing exercise via a Request for Information (RFI) on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project.

The move was described as “the next phase” of the 330-kilometer link, which was first announced by Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak and his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong in February 2013 at the Malaysia-Singapore Leaders’ Retreat.

The HSR, with terminus stations in Kuala Lumpur’s Bandar Malaysia and Singapore’s Jurong East, has been seen as a major marker in the development of bilateral ties and is expected to dramatically improve connectivity between both sides, with travel time being cut down to 90 minutes.

In a joint statement, Singapore’s new coordinating minister for infrastructure and minister for transport, Khaw Boon Wan, and a Malaysian minister from the prime minister’s department, Abdul Wahid Omar, described the exercise as a “major milestone” in the project’s evolution.

“This market sounding exercise marks a major milestone in our HSR journey. It is important for us to be properly informed of the industry views… The feedback is crucial in helping us refine and validate our options, which will in turn help ensure a successful tender process subsequently,” the statement said.

The market sounding exercise is expected to conclude by the end of 2015.

The project itself is now expected to be completed only in 2022, two years later than its original 2020 target. Last month, SPAD’s chief development officer Prodyutt Dutt confirmed on the sidelines of Rail Business Asia 2015 that the project remains on track for completion by then, with work packages to be dished out as early as 2017.

Source: The Diplomat

http://thediplomat.com/2015/10/malaysia ... l-project/
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Re: Singapore - High Speed Rail to KL

Postby winston » Thu Oct 22, 2015 7:06 pm

Opposition in Malaysia will scrap high speed rail if elected

Source: Straits Times

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Re: Singapore - High Speed Rail to KL

Postby winston » Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:42 pm

MoU for KL-Singapore High Speed Rail to be signed mid-2016: Najib

Mr Najib was speaking at the Invest Malaysia Kuala Lumpur conference, held at the Shangri-La Hotel in KL on Tuesday and Wednesday.

By Melissa Goh

Source: Channel NewsAsia

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Re: Singapore - High Speed Rail to KL

Postby winston » Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:42 pm

MoU for KL-Singapore High Speed Rail to be signed mid-2016: Najib

Mr Najib was speaking at the Invest Malaysia Kuala Lumpur conference, held at the Shangri-La Hotel in KL on Tuesday and Wednesday.

By Melissa Goh

Source: Channel NewsAsia

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Re: Singapore - High Speed Rail to KL

Postby winston » Fri Apr 15, 2016 3:07 pm

Talks on stops along KL-Singapore High Speed Rail still ongoing

MyHSR Corp Chairman Dr Ali Hamsa told reporters on Thursday (Apr 14) that discussions are in its final stages.

It was reported that the project would connect five intermediate stops in Malaysia to Singapore namely, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat and Nusa Jaya.


Source: CNA

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Re: Singapore - High Speed Rail to KL

Postby winston » Fri Jul 15, 2016 12:16 pm

Singapore aims for MOU with Malaysia on high-speed rail next week

SINGAPORE, July 15 (Reuters) - Singapore plans to sign a memorandum of understanding with Malaysia next Tuesday to build a high-speed rail link that is expected to cut travel time between the city state and Kuala Lumpur to around 90 minutes.

The rail link reflects improved relations in recent years, despite the spillover of a high-profile Malaysian money laundering scandal into Singapore. The city-state was once part of Malaysia but they separated acrimoniously in 1965, clouding diplomatic and economic dealings for decades.

It now takes around four hours to drive from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, which are about 300 km (186 miles) apart. A flight takes around 50 minutes but travellers must spend time checking in and out of airports, as well as travelling from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to the city centre.

A Singapore Ministry of Transport spokesman said in a statement that the MOU was expected to be signed on July 19.

There were no details on the timeframe for the project, the amount to be invested or the firms that would be contracted.

Source: REUTERS
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