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Old July 29th, 2014, 04:29 PM   #281
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Land Public Transport Commission (Spad) chief executive Mohamad Nur Ismal Kamal said that the entity could be a special authority which will look at the socio-economic aspect of the towns. “The development of these towns located along potential stops or stations of the HSR would be leveraging on the existing economic environment there but we will push it up the value chain slanting more towards high-end industries,” he said.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Government may set up a separate entity to oversee the development of specific areas located along the proposed high-speed rail (HSR) project between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Land Public Transport Commission (Spad) chief executive Mohamad Nur Ismal Kamal (pic) said that the entity could be a special authority which will look at the socio-economic aspect of the towns.

“The development of these towns located along potential stops or stations of the HSR would be leveraging on the existing economic environment there but we will push it up the value chain slanting more towards high-end industries,” he said.

He said Spad was working on the draft by itself for now, but there could be a standalone authority to focus on this development as “it’s very important to have everything in concert and coordinated, once the ball starts rolling.”

“This is because the HSR project is expected to be a game-changer for the creation of two mega cities and high value socio-economic clusters in between,” Mohamad Nur told StarBiz recently.

At this point in time, Spad shared that Greater KL would be the focus of business and financial services, Seremban would be home to small and medium size enterprises of technology-based industries, Malacca would be a centre for tourism and health tourism, Muar is dedicated for consumer goods and industrial design, Batu Pahat would be developed into a textile design and manufacturing centre while Nusajaya would continue to grow its education industries.

While most of these stops in Malaysia do not have high population density, Mohamad Nur believed the project would boost the profile of the connecting areas, which, in turn, would attract new investments

The HSR is estimated to save up to 1½ hours of travelling time compared to boarding a flight with a capacity for 500 passengers in one sitting. The total estimated time for the 350-km journey from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore is 1½ hours.

It will provide two types of services – the first being an express service between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, while the other is a transit service that will stop at all five proposed stations.

The HSR project would cost around RM40bil, according to previous news report.

The HSR project, according to Mohamad Nur, would be a catalyst of transport high-value workers and customers, but it would need an active planning and clear policies coordinated with the development of the HSR.

At both ends of the HSR, he said, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore would be further developed into two mega cities with population exceeding 10 million people and high income per capita such as in Hong Kong, New York and Shanghai.
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Old August 3rd, 2014, 09:31 AM   #282
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THE high-speed rail (HSR) is a mega project that not only symbolises the warming of ties between Malaysia and Singapore, but also the increased economic linkages between the two countries.

Iskandar Malaysia has been a magnet of sorts for Singaporeans and more investments are flowing in from Singapore into Malaysia.

Both Governments have basically given the green light for the HSR project to proceed and tenders are expected to be called next year as studies are ongoing on the finer details of the project.

But as momentum grows towards the construction of a HSR link between both countries, there is growing scepticism whether the project, which is estimated to cost RM40bil, will actually be money well spent.

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On the sustainability of HSR operations, Mohamad Nur points out that the fares must be flexible to ensure that the trains are at least 50% full during non-peak hours.

“There is no point if during peak hours the trains are full to the brim but empty during non-peak hours,” he says.

This is also an issue of whether the fares will be economical for the passengers who commute to work on a daily basis.

Mohamad Nur says companies are encourage to subsidise the fares especially high-value talents as a form of employee benefit.

But the other factor in the HSR’s favour, according to Mohamad Nur, is the lengthening of the NSE lifespan.

The NSE is already getting congested and studies have shown that if there is no improvement in the mode of transportation between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore by 2030 given the growth in car ownership and usage, a new highway would need to be constructed. That project will be a costly endeavour.

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Old August 8th, 2014, 09:30 AM   #283
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Straits Times: S'pore lists 3 sites for high-speed KL rail link



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KL's terminal will be in Sungai Besi; single border checkpoint idea raised

BY ROBIN CHAN, ASSISTANT POLITICAL EDITOR, IN PUTRAJAYA

SINGAPORE has named three possible locations on the island for the terminal of the planned high- speed rail link between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

They are Tuas West, Jurong East and the city centre, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said, and a decision will be made "within the next year or so".

For Malaysia, the terminal will be located in Bandar Malaysia, at the current site of its air force base in Sungai Besi, said Prime Minister Najib Razak.

The site, about 5km from the Petronas Twin Towers, has been earmarked for redevelopment.

They announced the progress made on the rail link, targeted to be ready by 2020, at a joint media conference that wrapped up a two-day leaders' retreat here.

Transport links and the development of the Iskandar region in Johor seem to have been the focus of the latest meeting, part of bilateral talks held regularly by leaders of both countries since 2007.

They also said a new initiative is being explored: a single border checkpoint, with both the Singapore and Malaysia Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complexes sited at one location.

They emphasised the need to cooperate to develop the Iskandar Malaysia project, which will benefit both economies. Pinpointing manufacturing, Mr Lee said it will create better jobs for both sides.

The rail link was proposed at the retreat in Singapore in February last year. Yesterday, Mr Lee said Tuas West is being considered due to its closeness to the border while Jurong East is set to become a "major transportation, economic and financial zone for Singapore". The city centre would be "ideal", but is the most challenging due to the cost and size of the land required, he added.

Mr Lee noted that many areas of the rail project need to be settled: from design, finance and governance, to security and immigration requirements. "These are things we must work at, and the officials must work at, in a very focused way to get all of the pieces to fall into place in good time in order to get the project done."

When asked if there was a need to push back the 2020 target date, Datuk Seri Najib said it was too early to revise it. The target was intentionally set at the start "to be ambitious" so as to get both sides to focus on it, he added.

As for the proposed single border checkpoint, Mr Najib said it can be seen working between France and Britain, and between Germany and Poland. "It will be the first in this part of the world."

Mr Lee said the checkpoint can be done for the high-speed rail link and the proposed Rapid Transit System (RTS) between Singapore and Johor Baru, as it can be built from scratch. But it would be more difficult at existing road links - at the Causeway and Tuas - as separate CIQ buildings already exist, he added.

A "friendship bridge" as an additional road link is also a possibility, but that would be far into the future, both leaders stressed.

Mr Lee said Singapore's focus is on improving the efficiency at the two checkpoints, where the queue is "very long".

As for the RTS between Singapore and Johor Baru, 27 options are being considered, Mr Najib said, adding that a decision on where to locate the stations would be made "in the coming months".

Both leaders also said they look forward to the state visit of Malaysia's King and Queen to Singapore from April 29 to May 2.

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Old August 19th, 2014, 07:10 PM   #284
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KL-Singapore high-speed rail likely ending at Jurong
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The proposed high-speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, expected to be operational by 2020, is likely to end at the Jurong Lake area, reported The Straits Times.

This terminal in Singapore is further backed by a proposed alignment map (see above) released at the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) website last week.

It isn’t clear yet how the rail link will cross the Tebrau Strait but chances are that it will entail a new dedicated bridge beside or near the Second Link bridge at Nusajaya, based on SPAD’s map. It could even pass through Puteri Harbour, as land separation at that point is barely 700m and the water is quite shallow.

Singapore already has plans to make Jurong a new lifestyle hub akin to its Marina area, reported The Straits Times, with existing Japanese Garden, Chinese Garden and Jurong Lake Park to anchor plans for lakeside and parkside residential developments there.



Meanwhile, SPAD said the high-speed rail will will connect five cities in Malaysia to Singapore, following a coastal route, but didn’t specify which will be the stops in-between – though previous reports have indicated that Seremban, Ayer Keroh (Malacca), Muar, Batu Pahat and Nusajaya are likely.

Stating that actual travel time could be about 90 minutes, with another hour to be factored in for waiting and immigration processing, SPAD said the new rail link offers an opportunity to open up and rejuvenate smaller cities in Peninsular Malaysia by connecting them to the two major metropolises.

HSR-travel“There is a need to improve connectivity between the two countries, as currently traffic congestion is acute and far exceeds the capacity of the Causeway, with the current infrastructure provisions.

“At present, the demands on the Causeway exceed capacity by 33%. Traffic will continue to grow at a rate comparable to GDP growth of Malaysia-Singapore, at an average 3-5%.

“Over the longer term, growth rates are expected to taper off, in line with expectations for a maturing market, with an average growth of 3.2% per year from 2011-2060, with a market of 251 million passenger trips by 2060,” SPAD added.
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Old August 22nd, 2014, 05:35 AM   #285
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What a real shame it wont actually connect to singapore cbd. Cant see business people using it when u have to change to mrt to get to the centre of singapore. I cant think of many city to city high speed lines that stop so far out of the centre of the city.
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Old August 22nd, 2014, 07:51 AM   #286
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What a real shame it wont actually connect to singapore cbd. Cant see business people using it when u have to change to mrt to get to the centre of singapore. I cant think of many city to city high speed lines that stop so far out of the centre of the city.
What would they do instead? Airport is not in a city centre either.
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Thats why high speed rail is attractive it takes u from city centre to city centre. If its like the plane takes u 20 km from outside city centre then alot of the benefits are lost.

Why cant they use the old rail line which ran close to the city centre
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Old August 23rd, 2014, 12:37 PM   #288
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A quick look at the maps shows that there's plenty of room for double tracking, between 30-40 meters in width along 90% of the old tracks.
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So why are they not planning to continue to the city centre.

Singapore planning is usually some of the best in the world but the plan for the high speed rail seems to be great except where it stops in singapore
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A quick look at the maps shows that there's plenty of room for double tracking, between 30-40 meters in width along 90% of the old tracks.
they aint planning to do so.

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So why are they not planning to continue to the city centre.

Singapore planning is usually some of the best in the world but the plan for the high speed rail seems to be great except where it stops in singapore
they are planning to build it at jurong lake district which is the next CBD ,so that I suppose is good enough plus the island is pretty densely populated and the S'pore Gmans didn't plan for that...
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Doesnt sound like singapore govt is really behind the whole project.

Putting it to a cbd that is not yet established anywhere near the extent of the existing all sounds like they are not behind it
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Doesnt sound like singapore govt is really behind the whole project.

Putting it to a cbd that is not yet established anywhere near the extent of the existing all sounds like they are not behind it
There is bilateral agreement involving both governments on the HSR. Singapore government is an essential partner in the HSR project along with the Malaysian government,

The Singapore city CBD is too dense and a HSR line and a station there will be prohibitively expnsinve and disruptive. Having the station at Juring is practical and realistic. I am not concerend that juring is not the city centre as it will be connected to other parts of Singapore by its extensive MRT network.Learnjng from tokyo, some of the Shinkansen stations that are not in the CBD are also well patronized and among the busiest HSR stations in Japan and perhaps in the world.

The Singapore section of the HSR line will be under the jurisdiction of the Sinngapore govt and LTA who will have the only say where the station will be. I understand that the contractors and construction companies in Singapore will also be screened and selected by their govt too.
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RM12b ALTERNATIVE: Group plans to use KTMB infrastructure and integrate system with EDTP, sources say

A GROUP of local companies says it can build the high-speed rail (HSR) link from Kuala Lumpur to Johor Baru for about 70 per cent less that the current estimate.

People with knowledge on the matter said the companies plan to use existing Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) infrastructure between Kuala Lumpur and Johor Baru that covers around 350km, and integrate the system with the electrified double-tracking project (EDTP).

Malaysia has spent close to RM22 billion to develop the EDTP between Rawang, Selangor, and Gemas, Negri Sembilan. There is a plan to extend the EDTP from Gemas to Johor Baru for an additional RM8 billion to RM10 billion.

“The KTMB infrastructure is designed for 160kph. If you have high-speed trains running at 160kph between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, you can make the trip in around two hours and 30 minutes.

“Instead of building a new alignment, the group plans to use the existing infrastructure and buy high-speed trains. This can be done by using the existing KTMB metre gauge, with some minor upgrading required.

“It estimates that the whole project would cost around RM12 billion, which will include acquiring 30 six-car train sets for about RM1.5 billion, based on current ridership for service every hour,” sources said.

The source said that if the government accepts the proposal, the group is ready to start construction as it has the funding in place.

At present, it takes up to eight hours by train between the two cities, around five hours by road, and 45 minutes by flight.

According to Business Times reports, the proposed HSR link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore is aimed at cutting travel time between two two cities to 90 minutes.

New alignments had been proposed, which included land acquisitions, relocation of squatters, and cutting through hilly areas.

According to Land Public Transport Commission, the rail service is expected to have stops in Seremban (Negri Sembilan), Ayer Keroh (Malacca), and Muar, Batu Pahat and Nusajaya in Johor.

It is estimated that the plan would cost around RM40 billion, with RM10 billion alone to buy high-speed bullet trains.

Four groups are eyeing the HSR project.

MMC Corp Bhd may rope in Chinese and European system integrators, while YTL Corp Bhd and the China Infraglobe-Global Rail Sdn Bhd consortium are also in the running.

Government’s investment arm Khazanah Nasional Bhd is also keen and its involvement could be via UEM Group Bhd.

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I read in Nikkei that Japanese companies want to supply the rolling stock.
Are there any other offers? China or Europe maybe?
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The Singapore city CBD is too dense and a HSR line and a station there will be prohibitively expnsinve and disruptive. Having the station at Juring is practical and realistic. I am not concerend that juring is not the city centre as it will be connected to other parts of Singapore by its extensive MRT network.Learnjng from tokyo, some of the Shinkansen stations that are not in the CBD are also well patronized and among the busiest HSR stations in Japan and perhaps in the world.
We know that Singapore is not planning for a HSR line to city centre, I guess the fact that they want to develop new areas are a key factor. But as a matter of fact there's already rail tracks all the way to Singapore CBD that was used until 2008. There does not seem to be any technical problems of having the HSR extend all the way to city centre and the old railway station.

Also, Shinkansen stations in Tokyo are in city centre (or at least one of them!), they depart either Tokyo or Shinagawa station. A more fair comparison would be Chinese HSR stations that usually are built far off city centre.
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If it stops in jurong then how many km's will be in singapore out of the total length seems like only a couple.

Most hsr stations are in the middle of the dense cities. If the old rail corridor exists as well as the old station at Tanjong Pagar which is only about 1.5km from the cbd.

Singapore is also building extensive underground mrt lines so i cant see how the cost and density is an issue.

It hasnt stopped any of the mrt lines in dense areas.
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They could build a big station where they currently plan it, but then also make a simple connection to a simple station in the center, where some of the trains will start. You will have to pay a premium to get on at the smaller CBD station, whereas the more peripheral station tickets will be cheaper.
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Singapore is protecting Changi Airport.

If a spur line is built to KLIA and HSR goes direct to Tanjong Pagar, growth in Changi is doomed.
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Singapore is protecting Changi Airport.

If a spur line is built to KLIA and HSR goes direct to Tanjong Pagar, growth in Changi is doomed.
That, I think, is the proverbial nail on the head.

One would have to get off at Jurong Station then hop onto the East-West MRT Line for an additional 45min journey to the CBD. Which would mean that Changi Airport does not have too much of a competition.

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Ok so the govt is protecting their investment. That makes sense but how many of the flights from changi r from KL i though it would be small fraction?
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