July 26, 2013

KL - Singapore HS tenders expected next year

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KL - Singapore HS tenders expected next year Since the closure of the line to Tajong Pagar in central Singapore in 2011, all Kuala Lumpur - Singapore services have terminated at the border station at Woodlands.

THE CEO of Malaysia's Land Public Transport Commission (Spad), Mr Mohd Nur Kamal, says he expects tenders to be invited for a high-speed line to link Kuala Lumpur with Singapore by the end of next year. The prime minister of Malaysia Mr Najib Tun Razak and his Singaporean counterpart Mr Lee Hsien Loong pledged in February to complete construction of the railway by 2020.

Technical studies are already underway for the Ringgits 40bn ($US 12.7bn) scheme which involves constructing a 330km standard-gauge from Kuala Lumpur via Seremban, and then following a route via the coastal towns of Melaka, Muar, and Batu Pahat to Johor Bahru, Malaysia's most southerly city, and Singapore.

A maximum speed in excess of 300km/h is envisaged to achieve a journey time of around 90 minutes. This would be highly competitive with air, and much quicker than using the current metre-gauge train service which operates over a 397km route and takes around 7 hours.

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