Malaysia and Singapore sign agreement for HSR

Malaysia and Singapore sign agreement for HSR

Malaysia and Singapore have signed a legally-binding bilateral agreement to facilitate the KL-Singapore high-speed rail (HSR) project, Channel News Asia reports. The signing of the bilateral agreement, which took place in Putrajaya yesterday, was witnessed by prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his Singaporean counterpart, Lee Hsien Loong. The agreement follows on the memorandum of understanding signed between the two countries in July.

Lee said that both countries will focus on ensure the HSR project will be done right and is a success. He added that the project is set to transform the way the two countries interact, for the better. “It gives both sides greater stake in keeping relations strong and positive,” he said.

Construction of the high-speed rail link is set to begin in 2018, with completion in 2025 and operations scheduled to start in 2026. Najib said that both sides were committed to the deadline.

“It’s about 10 years, but as you know, (given) the size of this project, the complexity of this project, 10 years is a relatively short period of time, which means we have to work very closely together. We are looking forward to its implementation according to schedule and we think that we will be able to deliver it according to the timeline we’ve committed to, between the two sides,” he said.

Malaysia and Singapore sign agreement for HSR

The 350 km-long double-track route (335 km of which is in Malaysia, and 15 km in Singapore) will have eight stops in total – Singapore, Iskandar Puteri, Batu Pahat, Muar, Ayer Keroh, Seremban, Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur. A bridge over the Straits of Johor – with a height clearance of 25 metres – will link the line between both countries.

Trains on the service are expected to run 10 car-long trains, with the capacity for up to 100 passengers per car. These trains are projected to run at average speeds of 300 km/h and bring down the rail travel time between KL and Singapore to 90 minutes.

The report added that customs, immigration and quarantine (CIQ) facilities will be co-located in Singapore, Bandar Malaysia and Iskandar Puteri, allowing international passengers the ease of undergoing both countries’ CIQ clearance at the point of departure.

Malaysia and Singapore sign agreement for HSR

Each country will be responsible for the development, construction and maintainance of the civil infrastructure and stations within their own domain, with MyHSR Corporation handling duties for Malaysia and the Land Transport Authority, for Singapore.

Both countries will call for a joint tender for an international operator to run the KL-Singapore express service and the cross-border shuttle service between Iskandar Puteri. Malaysia will also put up a tender for a domestic operator to run the service within the country. The joint tender for the system will open in Q4 next year, and the two countries are expected to make a decision on who to award the rail system to by the end of 2018.

Asked by reporters about the possibility of awarding the tender to a consortium, Lee said it was too early to make a statement on the matter. “I know there is a lot of interest from many contractors to participate in this project. I expect very competitive bids and we will choose the best one,” he explained.

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  • Sorchai (Member) on Dec 14, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Do we really need this?

    1. There is no huge population to move so fast at high daily volumes between this 2 locations unlike in China.
    2. We could just extend the ERL and upgrade it to a long distance train. It may not hit 300+ km/h but must it really be so fast?
    3. KTM electrification is already there. Why not upgrade it to a more advanced train set. Again, it may not hit 300+ km/h but do we really need it to be that fast?
    4. Unnecessary competition between KTM, ERL, HSR and between airlines. This increases costs for each operator and reduced market share at the same time.

    Does it really even benefit the country in the long run or only during the construction period?

    Just my 5 cents worth and hope someone wiser can educate me.

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    • If the price is cheap enough(RM200-300 is reasonable thou I will still see people complaining) it’ll definitely be more beneficial than the existing modes of transport. Business Traffic between KL and Sg is pretty high comparatively add to that this is not only SG, but also Melaka and etc so there will be passenger regardless. Of course it has to further contact to Penang to see if being very successful.

      Of course there’s always a question of execution and our nation have a shitty reputation at that.

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  • Wow, in 10 years we can all make the short trip to Sg and save on spending for a hotel and the displeasure of someone’s foot stuck between my armrest on the bus. Imagine in 90mins from KL we will be able to enjoy the wonders of Singapore such as food that you can still try in KL but named differently and probably ths RM5 to SG$1 conversation. But hey at least now I can pop down to catch up with my sg friends whenever I can.

    Also I better brush up my mandarin since I have problem reading still, need to know all the instruction on the trains since it’ll probably be from China.

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  • Mantop on Dec 14, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    This is not a good news because if the rate of RM currency stays the same (or become even worst), this will lead to price hike in KL (like JB). The locals r going to pay the consequences. As for the biz, they r not worried as they now hv Singaporean to buy for higher price. RIP Malaysian

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  • Bernard on Dec 14, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Wah everyone so happy ……especially the short guy with dyed hair…

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  • 10 years is too long already haish,china and japan claim can build for 400km long rail hsr with great and complete facility and full
    system operate in just 3 or 4 years for difficult terrain,better upah diorang

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  • LPost on Dec 14, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Waste of money. Tarak duit mau bikin bilion2.

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  • Ahmadjr on Dec 14, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    If they start the development from nusajaya to singapore and open it for use in phases then 10 years is reasonable. But when it takes 10 years to construct and operational, it’s not like a smart planning to me. So we have to squeeze the rakyat money or borrow big from China for a project that probably will never generate profit for decades

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  • Mikey on Dec 15, 2016 at 8:44 am

    I will not complaint about a good, cheap, fast, viable alternative transport system BUT I am against building this system(HSR) when it is Shrouded with controversies.

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