Official Sealed Deal on HSR
The Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project is now a step closer to truth, after the bilateral agreement for the much-anticipated project was officially signed yesterday (13 December), reported Channel NewsAsia.
Based on PM Lee, Singapore and Malaysia both have a solid political will to ensure the success of the HSR, including that the monumental project will improve how the two nations interact and conduct business.
“It gives both sides greater position in keeping relationships positive and strong,” he said.Both countries are committed to this deadline, and the HSR is targeted to be completed by 2026, said Mr Najib.
“It’s about 10 years, but as you know, (given) the size of this project, the complexity of the project, 10 years is a rather brief period of time, which means we have to work very closely together,” he noted.
The Tough Ahead
The HSR project will even require the building of a bridge over the Straits of Johor with a height of 25m above sea level.
The 350 km rail line, of which 15 kilometers lies in 335 kilometers in Malaysia and Singapore, will have eight stations in total. Singapore’s terminus will soon be situated in Jurong East, while the opposite end will likely be at Bandar Malaysia. The other six stations can be found at Ayer Keroh, Batu Pahat, Muar, Iskandar Puteri and Seremban.
While the rail line will stop at Jurong East. the surrounding properties around Jurong like Westwood Residences EC will have some benefits due to the potential influx of expats landing in Jurong east.
The Next Stage – Construction Vendors Bid
Following the signing of the arrangement, both parties will call for a combined bid for an international company to manage the KL-Singapore express service and also the cross-border shuttle service from Iskandar Puteri, while Malaysia will make a business to run the local service within the country.
Both countries will also call another tender for a privately financed assets company to run and maintain the rail assets next year. A committee consisting of representatives from both sides of the causeway will also be formed to oversee aspects of the HSR project which may change cross border services.
Additionally, each government will be responsible for maintaining and building stations and the civil infrastructure within their very own territories. For Singapore, this will undoubtedly be undertaken by the Land Transport Authority, while Malaysia will delegate its MyHSR Corporation.