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The Singapore government has announced that the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail terminus will be located in Jurong East, Bernama reports. The terminus will take up about 12 hectares, or around 20%, of the current site of the Jurong Country Club.

Singapore has big plans for the area – the site is set to be significantly re-developed to house new mixed-use developments and community facilities to serve Jurong residents, High Speed Rail passengers and visitors. Jurong itself is also set to be developed as a second Central Business District and a new gateway to Singapore.

Apart from being closely located to Jurong Gateway, a vibrant mixed-use precinct, the Jurong Country Club site is served by the East-West and North-South MRT lines (Jurong East MRT station). New Jurong Region and Cross Island MRT lines are also planned around the area, as well as the future integrated transport hub in Jurong East.

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The Malaysian terminus, meanwhile, is set to be located at Bandar Malaysia in Sungai Besi.

The KL-Singapore High Speed Rail project was originally targeted to be completed by 2020, but prime ministers Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Lee Hsien Loong have decided to reassess the deadline considering the scale and complexity of the project. However, economic and commercial counsellor of the Chinese embassy in Malaysia, Wu Zhengping, has said that China can build the line by 2020, if given the contract.

The 330 km line is set to bring down the travel time between KL and Singapore to 90 minutes, with trains on the service projected to run at average speeds of 350 to 450 km/h. A number of countries are lobbying for involvement in the project, including Japan, France, Germany and China.