14 May 2014

High-speed link on track

  14 May 2014


RAIL CONNECTION: SPAD continues to pave way for realisation of project

THE Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), which has been tasked with overseeing a high-speed rail system (HSR) to connect Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, continues to pave the way for the building of the HSR.

In June last year, SPAD presented results of the Phase 1B Feasibility Study on the project to the Economic Council (EC).

The study included an economic benefit analysis and a strategic implementation plan. It also identified the required technical and engineering components for the project.

The EC gave positive feedback on the study and its approval for SPAD to proceed with Phase 2A.

SPAD plans this year to complete Phase 2A, which will include:

  • Government-to-government engagement and agreement with Singapore;
  • Technical surveys;
  • Socioeconomic analysis on the five HSR stations;
  • Environmental analysis along the track alignment; and
  • Setting up a dedicated HSR team.

The HSR initiative is expected to enhance commerce and services between two of Southeast Asia’s largest economic hubs.

Commuters of the HSR, which will be the region’s first high-speed rail track, will take two to two-and-a-half hours in point-to-point travel to reach the cities.

Towns along the rail connection are expected to benefit from this project, with opportunities for development, business and employment.


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