First conceived in 2013, the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur High Speed Rail (HSR) has been four years in the making. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak signed an agreement with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Putrajaya on July 19 2016. The rail project has been billed as a “game-changer” that will boost connectivity, strengthen economic ties and forge closer ties between people of both countries.
Here are 10 points to note about the HSR project:
Estimated Operational Date
The planned stations are Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat, Iskandar Puteri and Jurong East. The Singapore station will be located at Jurong East, where Jurong Country Club is currently located.
350km Total Distance
Shorter Travel Time
3 Services With 2 Separate Operators
The Domestic service will consist of stations within Malaysia only, from Kuala Lumpur to Iskandar Puteri stations. Having 2 different OpCos will allow the HSR to better cater to the different needs of their passenger profiles. OpCo Domestic will also give Malaysia more flexibility to regulate its own internal service. The Express and Shuttle service will be given scheduling and operational priority over the Domestic Service.
Each Country Is In Charge Of Its Own Stations And Infrastructure
This will be undertaken by MyHSR Corporation in Malaysia and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in Singapore.
Implementation Of A Bilateral Committee
A working-level joint project team will also handle all matters that require coordination and joint engagement between Singapore and Malaysia.
Co-located CIQ Concept (Seamless Travel)
International-bound passengers will need to go through CIQ clearance by both Singapore and Malaysia authorities only at the point of departure, ensuring swift and seamless travel.
Biggest Challenge: Line's Alignment In Malaysia
What they believe is tougher is the drafting of the tender documents and contracts before 2021, as well as the biggest challenge of finalizing the line’s alignment of the 350-kilometre long route, much of which is in Malaysia.
Round Trip Under RM400
In Singapore, prices are expected to hover around S$80-90 for a trip, though it is unclear as to whether or not said fare includes a return journey.
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