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The upcoming Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project will not include a stop at Putrajaya, according to MyHSR Corp. This would mean that the next HSR stop after Kuala Lumpur would be the Seremban station. The company’s chief executive Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal told The Star that the HSR was supposed to share part of the Express Rail Link’s (ERL) track.

“Using the ERL track for HSR, it becomes natural for Putrajaya to be in (the alignment). But after looking at certain feedback from technical experts, the Government decided to go for a dedicated HSR line,” he said. The more complex agreement and a potential safety risk involved with the project will mean that the HSR will not share the ERL’s track.

HSR trains are expected to travel at faster speed (300 km/h) than ERL coaches (160 km/h top speed), and as such, the ERL line would require extensive modifications. MyHSR Corp will also be required to pay ERL Sdn Bhd for using the track, and both train services will need to be coordinated for using the same track.

HSR stations proposed

Mohd Nur added that although track-sharing with HSR trains was common in European countries, there was a risk of accidents occurring as well. This was one of the reasons why the HSR will have its dedicated line. The move would mean shorter travel times for commuters travelling between Kuala Lumpur and Seremban, he added.

Putrajaya commuters could still connect with the HSR at Bandar Malaysia, which replaces the current Royal Malaysian Air Force base in Sungai Besi. “The ERL track runs alongside Bandar Malaysia. Once we have this (HSR) service, we will talk to the Government to introduce a Bandar Malaysia stop for ERL,” he said. This will imply a connection between the HSR and ERL at Bandar Malaysia.