Penang–Singapore High Speed Rail

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The Kuala Lumpur - Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project was announced by the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib in September 2010 and is proposed to connect Penang[citation needed], Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru with Singapore.[1] On February 19, 2013, Singapore and Malaysia have officially agreed to build a high-speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore by 2020 at a meeting between Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak in Singapore. [2]

History[edit]

In 2006 YTL Corporation, operator of the KLIA Ekspres in Malaysia proposed a multi-billion ringgit high-speed rail project linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, with a projected speed of 300 km/h (186 mph). This was expected to trim travel time between the two cities to 90 minutes, compared with 5 hours by road, 7 hours by conventional rail services,[3] or 4 hours by air (including travel to and from the airports, check-in, boarding and other airport procedures). In 2008 the Malaysian government halted the project citing high-costs of over RM8 billion.[4]

The project was highlighted in 2010 as a high impact project in the Malaysian government's Economic Transformation Programme Roadmap in a bid to increase economic activities concurrently greater economic synergies. Studies into the feasibility and conceptual details of the proposal were to be carried out in December 2010 and January 2011.[5]

It was believed that the Malaysian government was going to sign a high-speed rail deal with China upon the visit of Premier Hu Jintao of China to Kuala Lumpur in June 2011.

The Prime Ministers of Malaysia and Singapore agreed to go ahead with the project at a meeting on 19 February 2013.[3] A committee was tasked with looking into 'the details and modalities' of the project.[3]

Singapore and Malaysia has announced that the high speed rail proposal will be finalized by end of 2014 with a targeted completion date at 2020.[6]

Proposal for the Singapore's link will have to be considered by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on the Budget 2014. According to the Leaders' Retreat which was held on April 7, 2014, a possible location for the high-speed rail will be Tuas West, Jurong East or the City.[7][8]

Plan details[edit]

The KL - Singapore section will be about 400 km and the travel time will be 90 minutes.[9] The construction cost will be MYR 40 billion.[10][9] The project will request the construction of a brand-new line with dedicated tracks, which will allow trains to travel at least 250 km/h.[2] YTL and SPNB will co-ordinate the project for the essential construction within the Malaysia corridor, whereas LTA will be in charge for Singapore corridor.

Phase I stops[edit]

Potential intercity stops[edit]

References[edit]

See also[edit]

Media related to High-speed rail at Wikimedia Commons