Malaysia and Singapore formally signed the bilateral agreement to build the 350 km high-speed railway between KL and Singapore recently.
The double track line, which has the target completion in 2026, will have eight stations including the terminus Bandar Malaysia and another in Singapore. The remaining stations are Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat, Iskandar Puteri.
It will connect both countries via a bridge over the Straits of Johor. The project will start construction in 2018.
According to media reports, the agreement signed by the two governments on December 13th formalised technical safety and security requirements, commercial, financing, procurement regulatory frameworks, as well as customs, immigration and quarantine arrangements for the HSR.
“Three services are expected to be operated. One is an express service between two stations - Bandar Malaysia in KL and Singapore’s Jurong East, while the other is a shuttle service between Iskandar Puteri in Johor and the island republic. The remaining service will be a domestic one from KL to Iskandar Puteri, with five stops en route, comprising Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar and Batu Pahat.”
“Malaysia and Singapore will call for international tenders for the high-speed trains for the KL-Singapore rail link in late 2017. Prior to that, both countries will appoint a Joint Development Partner by early 2017. At the signing of the KL-Singapore HSR project, both nations will set up a bilateral committee to oversee all aspects of the project, which affect cross-border train services, and all other matters mapped out in the agreement.”
News reports also said that the HSR will connect Malaysia to Singapore via a high-bridge crossing under the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) link project. This is expected to improve connectivity and reduce congestion at the Singapore-Malaysia border crossings, one of the busiest crossings in the world.
The RTS Link will connect Bukit Chagar, Johor Bahru in Malaysia and Woodlands North in Singapore, where passengers can transfer to Singapore’s upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line.
The bilateral agreement on the RTS link is expected to be signed in 2017.