Malaysia & Singapore sign MoU for high speed train

Lee and Najib before the signing of the MoU.

Lee and Najib before the signing of the MoU.

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PUTRAJAYA — July 19, 2016: Malaysia and Singapore today signed a memorandum of understanding on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail (HSR) project, signifying both countries’ commitment towards this iconic project.

The MoU was signed by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan and Singapore’s Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan, witnessed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The HSR project, targeted for commercial operations in 2026, will start from Bandar Malaysia here and have six transit stations — Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Kroh, Muar, Batu Pahat and Iskandar Puteri — before Singapore.

The 350-kilometre journey is expected to reduce travel time between the two countries to just 90 minutes, with a speed of over 300km/hour.

Both governments will call for open international tenders next month to appoint a joint development partner.

The MoU reflects the outcome of extensive discussions between the Ministry of Transport and the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), and the Ministryof Transport and Land Transport Authority of Singapore, since the project was first announced by both PMs in February 2013.

The document captures the key points of agreement, which include the technical parametres, commercial model, customs, immigration and quarantine clearance, safety & security, regulatory framework, as well as project management. – Bernama





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