10th Dec 2020 – SINGAPORE (Singapore Property Advisors) – Leaders of Singapore, Malaysia has bein to hold talks on HSR project; announcement on further details to be ‘made in due course’
According to CNA, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysia’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin spoke on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project, in view of the Dec 31, 2020 deadline for the second and final extension of the suspension of construction. Both Prime Ministers’ offices said in a joint statement on Wednesday (Dec 2) that further details on the project would be made “in due course”.
The idea of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail was initiated through the Economic Transformation Programme to transform Malaysia into a high-income nation. The KL-SG HSR is an alternative travel mode between two of Southeast Asia’s most vibrant and fast-growing economic engines.
The iconic project will include 7 stations in Malaysia – Bandar Malaysia, Sepang-Putrajaya, Seremban, Melaka, Muar, Batu Pahat and Iskandar Puteri, before reaching its last destination in Jurong East, Singapore.
The connectivity will enable businesses to be more productive and access a broader market place, while the public will enjoy an improved travel experience of shorter travel time (90 minutes from KL to Singapore) and a comfortable ride, through the HSR’s city centre to city centre connection along the corridor.
The KL-SG HSR is more than just a transportation project – it is an impetus towards socio-economic development in Kuala Lumpur and the intermediate cities along the HSR corridor, starting with economic clusters centred around each station. This will ultimately change how people live, work and travel entirely.
(Extracted from MYHSR)
This project was proposed in the late 1990s but due to high costs, the proposal was shelved.
In 2006, YTL Corporation, operator of the Express Rail Link in Kuala Lumpur, revived the proposal but in 2008, the Malaysian government halted the project citing high-costs.
The proposal was highlighted back in 2010 and finally agreed upon by both the government in 2013 and was originally expected to be completed by 2026.
However, in 2018, it was first halted but subsequently been postpone till end-May this 2020.
And in 2020, it was further extended till end year 2020 for the final decision and this time round there seem to be hope for the plan to be executed.
Read the Full History from at Wikipedia
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The HSR service would be expected to start by Jan 1, 2031.
The proposed HSR line aims to reduce travel time between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur to around 90 minutes by train, from the current 11 hours on existing train services between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore Jurong East