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The memorandum of understanding (MoU) to facilitate the KL-Singapore high-speed rail (HSR) project is expected to be signed in July by Malaysia and Singapore, according to prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, The Sun reports.

“We expect to sign the MoU with Singapore in July. That’s the target,” he told reporters in London, where he is on a working visit. In April, it was reported that the draft alignment for the project was being finalised, and that details of the proposed route and transit points would be announced in July.

The RM70 billion project is said to economically boost activities in all areas where stations will be built. Existing plans show that the line will begin in Bandar Malaysia, and will have stations in Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat and Nusajaya. The line will end in Jurong East in Singapore.

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The HSR will run along the same route as KTM’s double-tracking project in the peninsular, but there will be no duplicates or redundancy. When it is in operation, 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 HSR, including Japan, France, Germany, South Korea and China, but previous reports have indicated that China is in the lead to win the bid for the project, . The HSR is expected to be completed by 2022.