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Old October 23rd, 2014, 10:19 AM   #301
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Details on High Speed Rail to be finalised early next year
Oct 22, 2014 11-16pm
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TOKYO, Oct 22, 2014:

Malaysia will start finalising details with Singapore on the upcoming High Speed Rail (HSR) project in the first quarter of next year.

Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar said this to Malaysian and Singaporean reporters at the High-Speed Rail Conference 2014 here today.

The conference is held in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Tokaido Shinkansen (Tokaido bullet train).

“As far as the feasibility study is concerned, we have submitted it (report) to the (Malaysian) government and they have accepted it. It will go to both the Prime Ministers (of Malaysia and Singapore).

“Two committees have already been established – a technical and a joint ministerial committee,” he said.

Singapore is still in the midst of its own feasibility study and is expected to complete it early next year.

Syed Hamid said the government was currently assessing the best HSR system for Malaysia to adopt based on the ones from Europe, China and Japan.

It was not merely the technology that was being studied but the human capital and cultural mindset behind it as well, he added.

On the lack of rail specialists in Malaysia, he said more universities had been offering courses on rail engineering in preparation for the country’s changing public transport landscape.

He admitted that the HSR “was a whole new level” in rail technology but assured that local rail engineers would be sent for overseas training once the government had decided the country from which the technology would be sourced from.

Syed Hamid said seven HSR stops have been confirmed on Malaysia’s side, namely Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Batu Pahat, Muar and Nusajaya.
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Old October 23rd, 2014, 10:21 AM   #302
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Singapore-Kuala Lumpur high-speed rail to have seven stops in Malaysia
PUBLISHED ON OCT 22, 2014 7:00 PM
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BY ADRIAN LIM
SINGAPORE - The high-speed rail (HSR) project connecting Singapore and Kuala Lumpur will have seven stops in Malaysia, namely Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat, and Nusajaya.

While several of the proposed stations had been announced earlier, the location of the stations were confirmed on Wednesday by Malaysia's Land Public Transport Commission chairman, Syed Hamid Albar.

Mr Syed Hamid said that Malaysia has completed its feasibility study for the link, which is targeted for completion in 2020, and has shared the report with Singapore.

Singapore's own feasibility study for its section of the proposed 320km to 340km rail started in August and is currently ongoing.

Giving an update to reporters on the sidelines of a HSR conference in Tokyo, Dr Syed Hamid said details such as the exact locations of the terminus in Singapore and KL have to be decided, before the project can proceed.

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Malaysia confirms its Singapore-Kuala Lumpur high-speed rail stations
Building of the high-speed link could begin in Q3 next year: KL transport official
PUBLISHED ON OCT 23, 2014 6:25 AM
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BY ADRIAN LIM IN TOKYO
The high-speed rail (HSR) project connecting Singapore and Kuala Lumpur will have seven stops in Malaysia, namely Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat and Nusajaya.

While several of the proposed stations had been revealed earlier this year by Malaysia's Land Public Transport Commission, they were confirmed yesterday by its chairman, Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar.

Construction of the line could begin some time next year, although the actual date has yet to be fixed.

Giving an update on the sidelines of a high-speed rail conference in Tokyo, Mr Syed Hamid said that Malaysia has completed its feasibility study, which has been shared with Singapore.

The Malaysians are now waiting for Singapore's own feasibility study for its section of the proposed 320km to 340km rail, which started in August and is ongoing.

When asked about the timeline of the project, Mr Syed Hamid said construction of the rail could start in the third quarter of next year.

"I think - this is my own view - that (construction will begin) likely in the third quarter of next year. This is my own guess. We targeted it for next year; when exactly next year, we will wait for the first-quarter meeting between us and Singapore," he said.

With the HSR, commuters can travel between Singapore and KL within 90 minutes. Including time for waiting, transfers and immigration clearance, the total journey could take around 21/2 hours.

Before work can begin, however, details such as the financing and the exact location of the terminus have to be ironed out, Mr Syed Hamid added.

For Malaysia, the terminus will be in the area of Bandar Malaysia, while Singapore has laid out three possibilities - the city centre, Jurong East and Tuas West.

While an international tender will be called when both countries are ready, Mr Syed Hamid noted that several countries, including Japan and China, have already expressed their interest to develop the Singapore-KL HSR.

A Japanese consortium comprising the East Japan Railway Company (JR-East), Sumitomo Corporation, Hitachi and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries was formed a year ago, and it wants to bring its country's bullet-train system to Singapore and Malaysia.

The consortium has already started the groundwork by making presentations to the commission and Singapore's Land Transport Authority.

With a 2020 target closing in, however, the timeline will be challenging, said one expert.

Mr Tomohiro Kobayashi, a director in the office of project coordination at the railway bureau of Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, noted that the Tokaido Shinkansen, the country's first HSR line, took nearly five years to construct.

Mr Kobayashi added: "It will be very tough to meet this (2020) deadline... Given the time for designing and other processes... the actual construction should be started within a year."

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Old October 24th, 2014, 06:29 PM   #304
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For Malaysia, the terminus will be in the area of Bandar Malaysia, while Singapore has laid out three possibilities - the city centre, Jurong East and Tuas West.
City Centre is the best choice.

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With a 2020 target closing in, however, the timeline will be challenging, said one expert.

Mr Tomohiro Kobayashi, a director in the office of project coordination at the railway bureau of Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, noted that the Tokaido Shinkansen, the country's first HSR line, took nearly five years to construct.

Mr Kobayashi added: "It will be very tough to meet this (2020) deadline... Given the time for designing and other processes... the actual construction should be started within a year."

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Can they use the Taiwan HSR model instead?

The design of the Japanese Shinkansen stations, viaducts and tracks is outdated.
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Old October 26th, 2014, 05:20 AM   #305
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High-speed rail: Singapore wants updated feasibility study from Malaysia
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Singapore's Transport Ministry said Malaysia had shared its initial feasibility study with Singapore in January. However, since then, there have been major changes to Malaysia's proposal.

SINGAPORE: Singapore has requested that Malaysia provide an updated version of its feasibility study on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail. Singapore's Transport Ministry told Channel NewsAsia on Friday (Oct 24) that Malaysia had shared its initial feasibility study with Singapore in January this year. However, since then, there have been major changes to Malaysia's proposal, including an additional station in Putrajaya and changes in alignment.

The ministry said an updated study and other details are needed for Singapore's own feasibility study, which is expected to be completed by next year.

On Wednesday, the chairman of Malaysia's Land Public Transport Commission Mr Syed Hamid Albar had said that authorities are waiting for Singapore's own feasibility study on its section of the rail. Singapore's feasibility study started in August and is ongoing.

In addition, Mr Syed Hamid said construction of the rail could start in the third quarter of next year.

Singapore's Transport Ministry said that before construction works begin, both countries will need to discuss and agree on various other issues, including financing and governance frameworks.

The rail link - first announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in February last year - is expected to cut down travel time between the two cities to 90 minutes, compared to over four hours by road.

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BY ALIZA SHAH AND SIM BAK HENG - 23 OCTOBER 2014 @ 8:21 AM

TOKYO: THE construction of the high-speed rail (HSR) link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore is expected to start at the end of next year.

Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Dr Syed Hamid Albar said the project’s feasibility study, carried out by the commission, had been submitted to the Malaysian and Singaporean governments and a meeting between the two governments would be held early next year to finalise the details.

“We have been given the timeline (to complete the project) by 2020 and our target is for the construction to begin next year.

“Construction will likely begin in the third quarter of next year,” he said after attending the International High-Speed Rail Conference: High-Speed Rail Accelerating Toward the Future here yesterday.

Syed Hamid said the exact date would depend on the outcome of the meeting between the two governments.

He said both governments were expected to ink an agreement on the project, reportedly to cost RM38.4 billion, which includes the purchase of locomotives and high-speed bullet trains.

“Two committees — Technical Committee and the Joint-Ministerial Committee — have been established to oversee the project.”

Syed Hamid said seven stations in Malaysia had been identified: Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat and Nusajaya.

“We have informed the state governments through the Economic Planning Unit and have received their approvals,” he said, adding
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given their feedback and SPAD would ensure that adjustments were made.

On the link’s system, he said both governments had yet to decide whether to adopt the European or the Japanese HSR system.

“We have been approached by several countries, including China, Japan, Spain, France, Germany and South Korea.”

The project is one of the entry point projects listed under the Economic Transformation Programme aimed at improving the economic dynamism of Malaysia’s capital city and liveability ranking relative to other global cities.

The goal of the HSR is to reduce the travel time between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to 90 minutes.

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

The link is expected to benefit both countries economically and ease traffic congestion at the intercity rail network.

Current demand on the Causeway exceeds capacity by 33 per cent.

In February last year, Malaysia and Singapore reportedly agreed, in principle, to build the HSR link between the two countries, with a target completion date of 2020.

In April, Malaysian and Singaporean Prime Ministers Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Lee Hsien Loong reiterated that the project would be completed in 2020.

It was reported that several Malaysian and foreign firms had started talks to form consortiums to bid for the project.

They include MMC Corp Bhd, which may team up with Gamuda Bhd and Chinese and European system integrators, and YTL Corp Bhd, which partners Spanish bullet train maker Talgo or CAF.

Other firms are UEM Group Bhd, which is working with Ara Group to form a consortium with European companies that may include Talgo, and Global Rail Sdn Bhd, which is talking to Canada’s Bombardier Inc and Chinese firm China Railway Group.


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City Centre is the best choice.



Can they use the Taiwan HSR model instead?

The design of the Japanese Shinkansen stations, viaducts and tracks is outdated.
A city centre solution in Singapire will be prohibitively expensive and unlikely.

We still do not know which technology provider will supply the HSR solution. Seems a dilemma to choose between Japan and China due to geopolitical issues, so an European solution may be possible since Siemens provided the airport express Desiro which is the closest thing to a HSR system operated in Malaysia. But we dont know yet.

The Taiwanese HSR may be a good reference as it face similar challenges in Malaysia such as flooding and tropical rainstorms.
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KL-S’pore rail link may hit air sector, but not bus service

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JOHOR BARU: The high-speed rail (HSR) service between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore will have little impact on express bus service but may pose a threat to the aviation sector.

Express bus operators yesterday expressed confidence that since express bus was considered the cheapest and fastest mode of transport for inter-state travel, there was no way HSR could compete with them in terms of pricing.

As for speed, they said air travel was still the fastest means of transport but after considering the time spent to get to the airport and the waiting time before departure, it would not make much difference whether to travel by air or HSR.

Lim Han Weng, managing director of Handal Indah Sdn Bhd, which operates the inter-state Causeway Link express bus service, said travelling by express bus in Malaysia offered the lowest fare in the region.

While the fare structure of HSR had yet to be announced, he said it would be nothing less than RM150 for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore express service.

Using the KLIA Ekspres as a benchmark, Lim said a 55-kilometre journey from Kuala Lumpur to KLIA cost RM35 one way.

“Knowing that HSR will be built at a cost of RM38.4 billion, and the distance of about 350km between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, just guess what could be the ticket price for the HSR express service between the two cities.

“At present, a KL-Johor Baru express bus ticket costs only RM34 and travel time takes about four hours. Unless speed is the only thing that matters to a traveller, express bus remains the most affordable mode of transport between Kuala Lumpur and Johor Baru/Singapore,” he told the New Straits Times.

Firefly Sdn Bhd regional sales manager Khairul Anuar Daud said air travel was still favoured by businessmen and civil servants as time meant everything to them.

“However, if HSR can really offer a 90-minute ride between the two cities, some flight passengers may shift to using the HSR.

“For this segment of travellers, it is time that matters and not the ticket price,” he said.

Firefly flies seven times daily between Subang and Johor Baru and offers the most frequent flight service between Johor Baru and Kuala Lumpur as Subang is closer to the Kuala Lumpur city centre.

There are dozens of flight services between klia2/KLIA and Changi Airport, and the sector is the most competitive with airline operators offering discounts and perks from time to time to attract travellers.

As most HSR transit stations will be built on government land in rural areas to minimise cost of land acquisition, an industry source told the NST that this might hamper travellers from using the HSR transit service, unless connectivity at transit stations to the nearest towns or cities was good.

“If you travel by air, all airports have shuttle buses or taxi services. If you travel by express bus, it will stop near city centres.

“HSR is a bit different, especially if you are taking the transit train service.

“To travellers, connectivity really matters,” said the source.
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Looking at Taiwan HSR which is also about the same distance from KL to Singapore, I wager the ticket price in RM may be RM300 from KL-Singapore. Not sure between Singapore to KL in Sg Dollars though, perhaps SG$200? P

If this is true, LCC flight would still be cheaper between the two cities. Express buses will always be cheaper than LCC and the HSR but they will face competition from KTM Intecity who will eventually introduce 160km/h intercity train services between KL-JB before 2020.

Lots of choices for consumers.
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They still have part of the old rail corridor to the cbd so why would it be prohibitively expensive
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Malaysia have confirmed the alignments and stations, the HSR will not go through JB but towards the second link to the West, hence its more likely the Singapore stations will be near Jurong East. But we still have not heard confirmation from Singapore on their HSR station locations yet.

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Malaysia have confirmed the alignments and stations, the HSR will not go through JB but towards the second link to the West, hence its more likely the Singapore stations will be near Jurong East. But we still have not heard confirmation from Singapore on their HSR station locations yet.
It's planned to be at Jurong east ,according to the national rally
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S’pore-KL bullet train may miss 2020 deadline
29 OCTOBER 2014 @ 10:43 AM
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Malaysia said the high-speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore may miss a 2020 deadline even after using government land as much as possible to avoid property-acquisition disputes.

The project may take six to seven years to complete once construction starts by 2016, Land Public Transport Commission chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar said in an interview yesterday. The agency has been “inundated” with proposals to participate, including those from French, Japanese, Chinese and German companies, he said.

“It’s not as expensive as we thought it would be at the start,” said Syed Hamid, whose commission is preparing a feasibility study. While he declined to give the estimated cost of the development, Malayan Banking Bhd economist Suhaimi Ilias said it may be as much as RM40 billion (US$12.2 billion).

The proposed rail line will reduce the 300-kilometer (180- mile) journey over land to 90 minutes from about five hours. With other developing nations in the region including Indonesia and the Philippines vying for a bigger share of investment, Malaysia is keen to make better use of Singapore’s financial muscle as it targets becoming a high-income country by 2020.

Leaders of the two countries announced last year the rail link may be completed by the end of this decade, with Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak calling it a “huge game changer” that will transform the way the neighbors do business. The link would have a similar distance as New York to Washington.

While Malaysia initially targeted 2020 for the line to be completed to coincide with its plan to be a developed nation, it recognizes there may be “problems” with the original timeline, said Syed Hamid, 70. There are more elements than just construction that the governments need to study, he said.

“I suspect the government is at the stage where they are mulling over the financing of this project,” Suhaimi said. “How are they going to do this without affecting the target on fiscal deficit and achieving a balanced budget by 2020?”

Malaysia wants to trim the fiscal gap to three per cent of gross domestic product in 2015 from 3.9 per cent last year, and Najib is targeting a balanced budget by 2020.

The cost of building the line will probably increase amid the delays, taking into account inflation and as land prices rise, Suhaimi said. Syed Hamid said the project’s cost will be comparable to “international benchmarks” for similar systems and distance.

The high-speed rail may operate four times hourly with two services, one non-stop and the other that will transit cities and towns in four Malaysian states, Syed Hamid said. The journey on the train that has stops will take about two hours, according to the former Malaysian cabinet minister.

Japan is ready to provide funds and expertise to Malaysia and Singapore on the new network, the New Straits Times said October 27, citing railway official Tomohiro Kobayashi. Kobayashi said the timeline for the project to be completed by 2020 is challenging, the paper reported.

Japan is looking for an overseas customer for magnetic- levitation technology as the country works toward opening its first line in 2027. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said the government may provide funding to support Central Japan Railway Co.’s bid to provide trains for a Washington-Baltimore line.

JR Central, as the rail operator is known, operates the world’s busiest bullet train line and this month received approval from the Japanese government to start building a maglev link between Tokyo and Nagoya. The plan will cost 5.5 trillion yen (US$51 billion), including trains with speeds of up to 500 kilometers per hour.

The Land Public Transport Commission has studied various financing and business models for the network, including consideration for public-private partnerships, said Syed Hamid, who visited Japan recently to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Shinkansen bullet train. The Malaysia-Singapore system will have at least four trains, he said.

Malaysia will look beyond ticket sales to bolster returns on investment in the project, including the contribution to the economy as smaller cities along the train line flourish, Syed Hamid said. He cited Shanghai’s Pudong district and the Chinese city of Tianjin as examples.

“If you depend on the fares alone, then it cannot be profitable,” Syed Hamid said. “It must be kept affordable. You need to look at what are the sources of income that will result from the development of the rail stations, the property along it, how the towns and cities will grow.”

Parts of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore rail link may be build on elevated platforms and portions of it underground to minimize disputes the government may encounter on land acquisitions, Syed Hamid said. The line will try to avoid villages and private properties, he said.

“It’s emotion, sentiment,” Syed Hamid said. “There are so many big, big government projects -- while economically and development-wise it is well-accepted, it is good -- but there is a lot of public tension sometimes that you need to handle. So our brief and mandate is, avoid as much as possible.”-- Bloomberg
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Kuala Lumpur (13th January 2015): Commuters can expect significantly more comfortable and seamless rail based travel as Prasarana and KTMB progressively introduce new trains, additional integrated stations and interchanges between the urban rail network in Greater KL.

In a media briefing and walkabout today, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) Chairman, Tan Sri Dr Syed Hamid Albar said Prasarana has purchased 50 new sets of 6-car new Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs), the first of which was received from China on Saturday, 10th January.

“Prasarana is investing some RM1 billion for these 50 new trains; 30 sets will replace the existing fleet while the rest will be deployed under the LRT Line Extension Project (LEP).

“By the end of October this year, commuters will enjoy six (6) new LRVs under the first phase of the Ampang LEP and four (4) new stations, Awan Besar, Muhibbah, Alam Sutera and Kinrara BK5,” he said.

The Ampang LEP starts from Sri Petaling Station and passes through Bukit Jalil, Kinrara, Puchong, and ends at Putra Heights. The extension is 18.1km long with 11 new stations.

KTM Berhad (KTMB) Chairman, Dato’ Ir. Haji Nawawi Hj Ahmad and Prasarana Group Managing Director, Azmi Abdul Aziz were also present at the event.

The first 35 LRVs would be delivered progressively as completely built units from China while the rest will be locally assembled at the CSR Zuzhou Electric Locomotive Co Ltd plant in Batu Gajah, Perak. All the trains are expected to be commissioned by March 2016.

“I’m also delighted to announce that the new trains meet the latest international safety standards, and are equipped with universal access features including six (6) compartments for wheelchairs,” Syed Hamid also said.

The LRV also allows commuters to walk from one end of the train to another as the trains are built with a walkthrough gangway, and equipped with features such as end-destination display in the coaches and integrated dynamic route map.

“On top of this, commuters travelling on the LRT Kelana Jaya line will enjoy 14 new sets of four-car trains purchased under the LEP at a total cost of approximately RM580 million. The new trains would be introduced in phases from mid-2016,” he added.

Prasarana will also refurbish the current two-car trains, including “coupling” two-car trains into four-car trains. The refurbishment are expected to be completed by the first half of 2016.

All these new and refurbished trains will complement the new 12 set Monorail four-car trains, the first of which was commissioned on 20th December 2014. All 12 new trains will be running by October this year.

The KL Monorail Fleet Expansion Project undertaken at RM494 million also includes the upgrading of all 11 stations including installation of universal access features, construction of new depot in Brickfields and installation of a new signalling system.

On top of this, there will be 12 new stations, two (2) of which are integrated for the 34.7km LEP Extension from Kelana Jaya to Putra Heights.

“We aim to provide more integrated stations to create travel that is as seamless as possible. The new Subang Jaya LRT station will be integrated with KTM Komuter. The extension of the Kelana Jaya and Ampang Lines, meanwhile, will be integrated at Putra Heights.

“In addition, the Bus Rapid Transit-Sunway Line will be integrated with the Setia Jaya KTM Komuter station and Station 7 of the Kelana Jaya Line extension in USJ 6,” Syed Hamid said.

Meanwhile, KTM Komuter will be integrated with the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) at the Sg Buloh and Kajang stations by 2017, further strengthening its current connectivity to Klang, Seremban and Rawang. This will enhance the economic value and increase the commercial growth rate in these areas.

To encourage more car owners and commuters to utilise KTM Komuter, plans are underway to progressively roll out an additional 1,100 parking bays within these three years, including park and ride facilities at Serdang, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Klang, as well as parkway drop zone at Kampung Dato’ Haron and Batu Tiga.

KTM Komuter will also engage with bus operators to provide feeder buses services to 19 stations; 14 this year, and the remaining five (5) by 2016.

“Commuters will also enjoy more comfortable stations as the Mid Valley station will undergo a major facelift next year which will see a bigger concourse area, new ticketing counter, and more importantly, universal access features,” Syed Hamid said.

Seven (7) other KTM Komuter stations will also be upgraded this year namely Kg. Raja Uda, Teluk Pulai, Bukit Badak, Seri Setia, Tiroi, Labu, and Batang Benar. In addition, security at eight (8) high density stations will be enhanced with the setting up of the police beat with auxiliary police at Sg. Buloh, Batu Caves, Bank Negara, KL Sentral, Mid Valley, Bandar Tasek Selatan, Kajang and Subang Jaya stations.

Meanwhile, KTMB’s two-hour Electric Train Service linking Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh has been very well received with average daily ridership increasing by 8.3% in 2014 to 4,635 passengers from 4,281 in 2013.

Syed Hamid added, “We want to bring lifestyle changes where commuting is going to be the norm. Today, commuters can already enjoy an extensive network of rail based transport.

“When the planned developments including the MRT Lines are completed, we will experience a wider and even more efficient public transport which is expected to have a major impact on the economy and those living in the catchment areas, including the 4 million people living near the MRT lines”.

He also highlighted the benefits of the Malaysia Singapore high speed rail (HSR). “This is a very exciting development which will pave way for economic growth in the five transit stops and the neighbouring areas. There will be many new opportunities in transport-oriented industries while sectors such as retail, property, manufacturing and tourism will also benefit from the HSR,” he concluded.

The Malaysian government is finalising the stations for the Malaysian part of the HSR with construction expected to commence in 2016.
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I dont see why you would spend 12 billion dollars on a rail line and then not take it into the city. This is the purpose of hsr it isnt like a plane that has to land at the airport that is 20 km from the dowmtown. So why would you build the singapore station 20km from the downtown area, makes no sense at all.
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I dont see why you would spend 12 billion dollars on a rail line and then not take it into the city. This is the purpose of hsr it isnt like a plane that has to land at the airport that is 20 km from the dowmtown. So why would you build the singapore station 20km from the downtown area, makes no sense at all.
Why not just joint it into Changi airport?
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RM38.4b High Speed Rail Project Approved
Alexander WinifredMonday, April 13, 2015
http://themalaysianreserve.com/new/s...oject-approved

Lawmakers last Friday approved the RM38.4 billion high speed rail (HSR) project which will connect Malaysia and Singapore and drive growth in the Iskandar Malaysia economic corridor.

The government now has the mandate and funding needed to set up MyHSR Corp Sdn Bhd, the company that will undertake the construction of the system. As an initial investment, Ministry of Finance Inc will invest in 10 million shares of MyHSR Corp for RM1 per share.

Construction is expected to begin in 2016, with services operational by 2020. As development of the Iskandar Malaysia economic corridor enters its next stage, the case for the proposed HSR has never been stronger.

At the recent launch of the second phase of the RM42 billion gross development value Gerbang Nusajaya, touted as the gateway township to the region due to its proximity to Singapore, its developers and the regional authority made presentations on the HSR and underscored how it would drive occupation and development in the region.

“The HSR will have a significant impact on population growth in Iskandar,” says DTZ Malaysia consultancy and research head Brian Koh. Within Gerbang Nusajaya itself, Koh predicts a 44% increase in the township’s population if the HSR is completed.

“The key success factor for Iskandar is connectivity. The HSR must happen to ensure Iskandar continues to grow, not just from an economic perspective, but also from the stakeholder’s perspective,” said Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, CEO of the Iskandar Regional Development Authority.

He said the HSR would be complemented with an efficient bus rapid transit (BRT) system, which he said would be faster to implement and make more fiscal sense in the region.

“But by 2025, if we reached a certain critical point (in demand), we might want to upgrade the BRT to MRT (mass rapid transit,” he said.

A property analyst told The Malaysian Reserve the HSR could entice younger workers to stay in Iskandar and travel home to other states or Singapore during the holidays or weekends.

“The HSR would fit in with the government’s plans to increase the population of Johor, which is the key factor in driving up the state’s economy,” she says.

“It could be said the success of Iskandar does hinge on the rail project.” The proposed project will feature trains that travel at speeds of up to 250 km/h and will transport passengers from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore in just 90 minutes, with stops in Putrajaya, Negri Sembilan, Malacca and Johor.

Said to be South-East Asia’s most ambitious infrastructure project, the HSR is expected to unlock the full potential of Iskandar, which is expected to see full completion in 2025. Last month, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhiyuddin Yassin that Japanese rail firms were very interested in getting involved in the project.

Japan’s famed Shinkansen network features train speeds of up to 320km/h, transporting more than five billion passengers throughout its operational service, and Muhiyuddin has reportedly expressed the government’s interest in using Japanese technology for the project.
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Cost-sharing likely for HSR
Saturday, 18 April 2015 BY: SHARIDAN M. ALI
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THE development cost high-speed rail (HSR) project linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore could possibly be divided between the two governments based on geographical location of the project’s infrastructure.

Dividing the scope of responsibility that way is seen as the main way for Malaysia and Singapore to decide on how to split the huge investment required for the HSR project, which is reportedly more than RM38bil.

“Mobile infrastructure cost that will be mutually utilised by both sides of the border such as the rolling stock and system works could be equally shared between Malaysia and Singapore,” Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chief executive officer chief executive officer Mohd Nur Kamal tells StarBizWeek.

“Private sector participation is expected to be done via international tender bidding process that could possibly include local participation clause.”

As the physical length of the HSR will be longer on the Malaysian side, Mohd Nur does not deny that Malaysia could possibly be spending more than its counterpart over the causeway.

As the development cost is relatively high against the long-term return on investment, he points out that the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme could rely more on government financial support.

“For the PPP scheme, we are looking at a long-term concession. So far, this project has garnered a lot of local and international interest,” he says.

The HSR is dubbed as South-East Asia’s most ambitious infrastructure project and the region’s first HSR along a 340km link. It will greatly reduce the travel time between the two neighbours to 90 minutes from about four hours by car.

So far, international players from advanced economies such as Japan, South Korea, China and some European countries have openly expressed their interest to participate in the HSR project.

Japan’s government has shown keen interest to support its private company – the East Japan Railway Co (JR East) – for this project.

Meanwhile, China’s high-speed rail design, development and construction companies comprising China Railway Construction Corp Ltd (CRCC), The Third Railway Survey And Design Institute Group Corp (TSDI) and CSR Qingdao Sifang Co Ltd are also interested in the project.

Mohd Nur adds that they are also talking to a few financial instituitions in terms of extending a credit line to finance the project.

“We know that this project cannot be fully funded by private sector due to its huge upfront capex and long gestation period. Realistically, a substantial amount of government assistance is required in the form of either soft loans or grants.

“An integral criteria for the bidders are to show its ability in creating the optimal environment with the minimal amount of Government assistance while not compromising on the project’s long-term socio-economic benefits to be developed along the line,” he says.

Nevertheless, Mohd Nur cautions that the overall plan on how this project could be developed is still at drawing board stage where everything will be definitive in the upcoming Malaysia-Singapore bilateral agreement, expected to be inked in the third quarter of this year.

The regulatory body is currently busy with the details of the bilateral agreement that will be the first step to officially kickstart the project and clear any sovereign matters.

“Both governments are to be on the same page on all the technical, commercial and governance frameworks by the signing of the bilateral agreement, only then we can go into procurement stage,” he says.

However, Mohd Nur declined to confirm on the total development cost at this juncture as it would distort the optimal proposals by the private sector in their tender submission.

Last Friday, Malaysian lawmarkers have approved the HSR project that prompted the setting up of MyHSR Corp Sdn Bhd, the entity that will undertake the construction of the system.

As an initial investment, Ministry of Finance Inc will invest in 10 million shares of MyHSR Corp for RM1 per share. Based on the tight HSR operational deadline in 2020, the entity must swiftly act to get the ball rolling.

Mohd Nur says at this juncture, the Government has already shortlisted a few candidates to lead and fill in the key positions in MyHSR Corp.

“MyHSR Corp in some ways will have similar functions as MRT Corp in developing the mass rapid transit (MRT) system with an added procurement portfolio. MRT system in the city centre is currently a fully-funded government project,” he says.

In terms of Malaysia’s affordability to finance the project that has been repeatedly questioned in the media, Mohd Nur reteriated that the main focus of this project does not concretely depends on transporting people but as an economic catalyst to further develop and spur new modern townships and economic activities along the lines that will cross towns in Negri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor from Kuala Lumpur.

“For instance, at this juncture, the HSR line will add value to the economic development of Bandar Malaysia and Nusajaya.

“Thus the cost that could be considered high at this point of time could comparatively be a lot cheaper when we look far ahead in, maybe, the next 40 to 50 years in terms of its economic benefits for the people,” he says.

Additionally, Mohd Nur says the cost would be spread out throughout the development period.
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Singapore's High Speed Rail terminus will be located at Jurong East
By Imelda Saad, Channel NewsAsia
POSTED: 05 May 2015 13:42

The initial target of completion of the High Speed Rail project - which was the year 2020 - needs to be re-assessed due to the scale and complexity of the project, said the Prime Ministers of Singapore and Malaysia. No new time frame has been provided.

SINGAPORE: The Republic's terminus for the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur High Speed Rail will be located at Jurong East.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced this on Tuesday (May 5) after the Leaders' Retreat with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak.

Jurong East was chosen as it dovetails with Singapore's overall plans to transform the area into a second Central Business District, according to a statement.

Malaysia had earlier identified five terminus stations: Kuala Lumpur (at Bandar Malaysia), Seremban, Melaka, Muar, Batu Pahat, Nusajaya and the final stop in Singapore.

The High Speed Rail project, which was agreed upon in 2013, has been described by both leaders as a "game changer". It aims to cut down on travel time between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to just 90 minutes.

The Prime Ministers also noted that the initial target of completion of the project - which was the year 2020 - needs to be re-assessed due to the scale and complexity of the project. No new time frame has been provided.

Both Malaysia and Singapore have been in active discussion on the technical, operational, security and other aspects of the High Speed Rail. Both sides have also come to in-principle agreements on a few areas, and both leaders reaffirmed that both countries are fully committed to the success of the project.

- CNA/eg/av

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