Kuala Lumpur–Singapore High Speed Rail

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Kuala Lumpur–Singapore High Speed Rail
Kereta Api Berkelajuan Tinggi Kuala Lumpur-Singapura
கோலாலம்பூர்-சிங்கப்பூர் அதிவேக ரயில்
KL-Singapore High Speed Railway Info.jpg
Map of proposed stations for the railway
Type High-speed rail
System Kuala Lumpur–Singapore High Speed Rail
Status Under Planning
Locale Malaysia Malaysia
Singapore Singapore
Termini Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Singapore, Singapore
Stations 8 (Planned)
Services 1
Opening 2020 (Estimated)
Owner MyHSR Corp (Malaysia)
LTA (Singapore)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification Overhead line

The Kuala LumpurSingapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project was announced by the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib in September 2010 and is proposed to connect Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru with Singapore.[1] On February 19, 2013, Singapore and Malaysia had 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]

The construction of the railway is expected to start in the third quarter of 2015.[3]


A high-speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore was proposed in the late 1990s, but due to high costs the proposal was shelved.[4] In 2006 YTL Corporation, operator of the KLIA Ekspres in Malaysia, revived the proposal, 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 3 hours by road, 7 hours by conventional rail services,[5] or 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.[6]

The proposal was highlighted in 2010 as a high-impact project, out of the 131 entry-point projects,[4] 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.[7]

It was believed that the Malaysian government was going to sign a high-speed rail deal with China upon the visit of President 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.[5] A committee was tasked with looking into 'the details and modalities' of the project.[5]

Singapore and Malaysia have announced that the high speed rail proposal will be finalized by end of 2014 with a targeted completion date at 2020.[8]

The proposal for Singapore's link will have to be considered by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in 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 Downtown Core.[9][10] On February 6, 2015, the Malaysia-Singapore Joint Ministerial Committee for Iskandar Malaysia (JMCIM) released in a press statement stating that Singapore had announced Jurong East as a location for the high-speed rail, but not connected to the MRT station in 2015.[11] Construction of the railway is expected to start by 2016.[12]

Japan and South Korea both have indicated their interests in the project.[13][14]

Similarly, during a state visit by the president of Singapore to France, Singapore's Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew told the press that French firms are keen to participate in the project. [15]

Plan details[edit]

The railway will be about 400 km and the travel time will be 90 minutes.[16] The construction cost will be MYR 40 billion.[16][17] 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 SPAD will co-ordinate the project for the essential construction within the Malaysia corridor, whereas LTA will be in charge for Singapore corridor.

Stops in Malaysia[edit]

Malaysia's Land Public Transport Commission chairman, Syed Hamid Albar, announced the stops in Malaysia on October 22, 2014.[18]

Stops in Singapore[edit]

The Singapore government had chosen Jurong East to be the terminal for this railway in Singapore on 5 May 2015.[19]Jurong Country Club, which occupies the site currently, is expected to handover the land by November 2016.[20]


  1. ^ "Greater Kuala Lumpur - EPP 3: Connecting to Singapore via a high speed rail system". 
  2. ^ a b "KL-Singapore high-speed link to kick off". Investvine.com. 2013-02-20. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  3. ^ "KL-Singapore high speed rail project to start in 2016". The Malaysian Insider. 27 December 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Transport operators all for high-speed rail link". New Strait Times. 23 September 2010. Retrieved 15 May 2015 – via HighBeam Research. (subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ a b c "Kuala Lumpur - Singapore high speed railway agreement". Railway Gazette International. 19 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Lew, Alexander (24 April 2008). "Malaysia Halts Kuala Lumpur-Singapore Bullet Train". Wired. 
  7. ^ "Meticulous Study On KL-Singapore High-speed Train Before Year-end". [dead link]
  8. ^ "Proposed Singapore-KL Rail Link To Be Finalised Next Year: Najib". 
  9. ^ "LTA calls tender for high-speed rail feasibility study". The Straits Times. 11 April 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "KL-S'pore rail link: Tender called for S'pore leg feasibility study". Channel News Asia. 11 April 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  11. ^ . Channel Newsasia. 6 February 2015 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/location-of-high-speed/1641406.html. Retrieved 28 February 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ "Singapore-Kuala Lumpur Bullet Train May Miss 2020 Deadline". Bloomberg. October 29, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Japan may bid for KL-Singapore rail project". New Straits Times. 16 March 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015 – via HighBeam Research. (subscription required (help)). 
  14. ^ Ching, Ooi Tee (26 November 2014). "S. Korea keen on high-speed rail project". New Straits Times. Retrieved 18 May 2015 – via HighBeam Research. (subscription required (help)). 
  15. ^ http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/transport/story/hig%60h-speed-rail-french-firms-keen-project-20150522
  16. ^ a b Senator Datuk Abdul Rahim Rahman (25 June 2011). "High-speed rail will spur growth in hub cities". The Star Online. 
  17. ^ [1]
  18. ^ "Singapore-Kuala Lumpur High Speed Rail have Seven Stops Malaysia 2014". 
  19. ^ http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/transport/story/singapore-terminus-singapore-kl-high-speed-rail-jurong-east-20150505
  20. ^ http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/transport/story/singapore-high-speed-rail-terminus-will-be-current-jurong-country-clu

See also[edit]

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