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Old November 4th, 2012, 10:49 PM   #141
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Iskandar Malaysia enters the fast lane
By Sharen KaurPublished: 2012/11/05
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...#ixzz2BHyhhpWa



The chief of Iskandar Investment Bhd (IIB) is bullish on the outlook for Iskandar Malaysia in Johor, attributing his optimism to various projects like the high-speed rail (HSR) plan and the transformation of Desaru.

"Hopefully, it (HSR) can come earlier. Iskandar Malaysia will benefit from the MRT link between JB Sentral and Woodlands in Singapore," said IIB president and chief executive officer Datuk Syed Mohamed Syed Ibrahim.

"The outlook from 2013 onwards will be strong within the context of Nusajaya and Iskandar Malaysia. We see some of the current developments coming up and investors will be submitting their plans for new projects," he told Business Times in an interview recently.

Khazanah Nasional Bhd recently said plans are underway to transform Desaru, starting with Phase 1 that carries a gross development value of RM5 billion. The transformation will be carried out in three phases over 15 to 20 years.

For the HSR, a study to link Kuala Lumpur and Singapore is being carried out by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), which is expected to be completed by year-end.

If found feasible, SPAD will call for pre-qualification bids by mid-2013.

IIB, set up in 2006, is a strategic developer of catalytic projects in Iskandar Malaysia, the country's special economic zone.

It is developing four clusters - education, driven by Educity; leisure and tourism, led by LegoLand; healthcare and wellness, with Gleneagles Medini Hospital being the key driver; and creative development, with Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios the catalytic project.

Syed Mohamed said the catalytic projects will generate substantial multiplier effects, triggering economic activities.

"Without Educity, it would be difficult for any developers to enjoy the current pricing level. For the past 10 years, apartments in Johor were selling at RM300psf but UEM Land (Holdings Bhd) recently launched properties at RM700psqf," he said.

Syed Mohamed said growth for IIB is on the cards.
By end-2012, the company is expected to ink six to seven new deals, including joint venture and land-lease purchase agreements.

IIB currently has such agreements with China's Qingdao Zhouyuan Investment Holdings, Mah Sing Group Bhd and WCT Bhd to undertake projects worth RM2.5 billion, RM1.1 billion, and RM1.5 billion, respectively.
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Old December 12th, 2012, 09:04 PM   #142
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Malaysia to make rail decisions by Q1
BY SHAREN KAURPublished: 2012/12/13
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...#ixzz2Erj5PNQf



WORTH RM35B: KL-Singapore bullet train and Gemas-Johor Baru double-tracking projects

THE government will decide by the first quarter of next year when the bullet train and the Gemas-Johor Baru electrified double tracking project (EDTP), with a combined worth of about RM35 billion, will be implemented, sources said.

Malaysia is planning to build a 300km high-speed rail (HSR) line linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore under a public-private partnership.

The project will cost about RM20 billion to RM25 billion.

The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) is conducting a study on the HSR system, which it expects to complete by the end of this month. If feasible, SPAD will call for pre-qualification bids by mid-2013. SPAD chief executive officer Mohd Nur Kamal, when contacted, told Business Times that the study is ongoing.

Its chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Syed Jaafar Albar said recently that several states have expressed strong interest for the high-speed rail to pass through their land because of the economic spillover.

Besides Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, Malaysia is also studying the possibility of linking the HSR system to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and several cities in China.

Business Times reported that Tan Sri Ravindran Menon, who controls Skypark Terminal at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, has teamed up with UEM Group to vie for the HSR project linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

They plan to lay railway lines parallel to the North-South Expressway from Kuala Lumpur, Seremban and Malacca to Johor Baru, before connecting to Singapore.

The standard gauge railway network will be used, where the trains would run at 350 km/h.

Commuters using the trains could travel from Kuala Lumpur to Johor Baru in 80 minutes and to Singapore in 90 minutes, compared
to six hours by road, currently.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha recently said several options and alignments are being explored for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route.

He said the train could either run non-stop from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, or start from KL Sentral in Brickfields and have stops at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Seremban and beyond.

Meanwhile, the Gemas-Johor Baru EDTP will involve around 197km of parallel railway tracks.

Valued at an estimated RM8 billion, it includes building stations, depots, halts, yards and bridges and cover systems such as electrification, signalling and communications.
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Old February 19th, 2013, 11:36 AM   #143
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Malaysia, Singapore agree on high-speed rail link.

By S Ramesh, Hetty Musfirah | Posted: 19 February 2013 1257 hrs


SINGAPORE: Singapore and Malaysia have agreed to build a high-speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, with a target to complete it by 2020.

This was announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday during their annual Leaders' Retreat.

With the new link, it will take about 90 minutes to get from Singapore to KL and vice versa.

The two leaders described the high-speed rail system as a strategic development in the bilateral relations, saying it will dramatically improve the connectivity between Malaysia and Singapore.

Mr Lee said: "It is a strategic project for the two countries. It will change the way we see each other. It is the way people in London and Paris are able to think of it -- as twin cities, where you can commute, go up there, do business, meet friends, have a meal and come back, all within two thirds of the day.

"And I think it is going to be a game changer. It will transform the way people interact, the intensity of our cooperation and the degree to which we become interdependent on each other and therefore have stakes on each other's success."

The leaders added that it will usher in a new era of strong growth, prosperity and opportunities for both countries.

The link will also facilitate seamless travel between KL and Singapore, enhance business links, and bring peoples of Singapore and Malaysia closer together.

The leaders added that ultimately the project will give both countries greater stakes in each other's prosperity and success.

Mr Najib said: "Our two cities will complement each other. Our two countries will look at each other differently and the opportunities are boundless between our two countries.

"So I am excited about the project. We will certainly do our level best to meet the 2020 deadline. It may go slightly beyond that, but those are details in implementation."

The prime ministers have tasked a joint ministerial committee to look into the details and modalities of the high-speed rail link.

"The modalities will be offered to Singapore. Basically, we want Singapore to participate in this based on the different kinds of options that we will offer to the Singapore government," added Mr Najib.
source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...255068/1/.html

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Old February 19th, 2013, 06:44 PM   #144
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Malaysia, Singapore agree to high-speed rail link
By NELSON BENJAMIN Updated: Tuesday February 19, 2013 MYT 3:02:20 PM
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...&if_height=202



Najib in discussion with Lee at the Leaders Retreat in Singapore on Tuesday
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Old February 20th, 2013, 01:09 AM   #145
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Article on the announcement yesterday.


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Old February 20th, 2013, 12:03 PM   #146
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Fantastic news for Malaysia and Singapore. Any idea where the station in Singapore will be? I imagine Kl Sentral will be used as the northern terminus.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 08:50 PM   #147
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RM30b budget for high-speed rail project
SHAREN KAUR Published: 2013/02/21
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...#ixzz2LSzmQ7Ic

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Malaysia is budgeting some RM30 billion for the high-speed rail project linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore
KUALA LUMPUR: The government is budgeting around RM30 billion for the high-speed rail (HSR) project linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, according to people familiar with the matter.

This confirms a Business Times report last year that said the HSR project may cost between RM25 billion and RM30 billion to develop.

It is also learnt that the HSR project will involve a new alignment covering 350km.

The alignment will be starting from Kuala Lumpur and pass through Seremban, Malacca, Pagoh, Batu Pahat and the Iskandar Malaysia region before ending at the Tuas checkpoint in Johor Baru.

Sources said 60 per cent of the projected cost will go towards infrastructure development, which includes civil works and laying of tracks, while about 30 per cent will go towards the purchase of rolling stocks.

It is unclear if the RM30 billion allocation will also involve the crossover to Singapore.

Malaysia and Singapore are mulling whether to build an overhead crossing between the two countries or opt for the costlier underwater tunnel, sources said.

"The HSR project is important for Malaysia as the same alignment can carry freight during off-peak hours. This will benefit KTM Bhd (the national railway company), which is facing depleting cargo volume and revenue," a source said.

Malaysia and Singapore on Tuesday agreed to build the HSR link between the two countries, with a target completion of 2020.
The decision was made after a Land Public Transport Commission feasibility study found that the project is viable.

The rail link will cut travel time between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to 90 minutes, which at the moment can take up to eight hours by train, around five hours by bus and car, and 45 minutes by plane.

The source said the fare is being discussed, although the government is considering between RM350 and RM400 for a one-way trip.

"The public is only willing to pay around RM250 to RM300 per journey. But it won't be feasible to peg it at that range due to the project's massive investment cost," the source said.

"The HSR is for the public and it will provide added convenience and safety as well as save travel time and money," the source added.

The HSR link will also complement another rail project - the Rapid Transit System Link - that will link Johor Baru and Singapore's Thomson Line, which is expected to be ready by 2019.
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UEM Group-ARA Group has proposed to use MAGLEV technology for the non-stop service of KL-SINGAPORE high speed rail train. Travelling at an operational speed of 430kmph, the passenger travelling time will be further shortened to 55 minutes (less than the proposed 95 minutes). The consortium together with Siemens AG, ThyssenKrupp, MAX BÖGL and Shanghai Maglev Transportation Co. planned to use the alignment of North-South Expressway to save land acquisition costs. If suceeded, Malaysia could be the centre of Maglev manufacturing and research centre exporting the technology to the rest of the world.


Kuala Lumpur in talks to use Maglev technology for High Speed Rail; KL-Singapore takes 55 minutes
New Straits Times | Malaysian Digest | Friday, 22 February 2013 13:30
http://www.malaysiandigest.com/news/...echnology.html
KUALA LUMPUR: A consortium, led by UEM Group Bhd and ARA Group, is proposing a high-speed train technology that can travel up to 500kph, which is expected to be one of the world's fastest in terms of revenue service.

The UEM-Ara Consortium, which is vying for the high-speed rail (HSR) project linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, hopes that its proposal to use the magnetic levitation (Maglev) technology will be considered.

A spokesman for the ARA Group, a forerunner in the rail industry here, said that with the Maglev technology, the high-speed train could run, operationally, at between 430kph and 500kph.

The consortium is considering offering two types of services -- express and transit.

At 430kph, the express service would take 55 minutes, running non-stop from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

If between six and seven station stops are required for the 400km line in areas like Seremban, Malacca, Muar, Johor Baru and Tuas, the journey would then take 80 to 90 minutes.

Maglev is a system of transportation that suspends, guides and propels vehicles, predominantly trains.

It uses large numbers of electromagnets, mounted on a flange protruding inboard from the lower part of the train car, for lift and propulsion.

The technology was developed by Transrapid-International (TRI), an erstwhile cooperation between German conglomerates Siemens AG, ThyssenKrupp and MAX BÖGL.

Maglev's high-speed trains are currently operational only in Shanghai, China, since 2003, by Shanghai Maglev Transportation Co (SMTDC).

The daily operational speed is 430kph and has reached a record speed of 501kph, with punctuality registering at more than 99.7 per cent.

Its spokesman said Malaysia, with its prime geographical location and potential, could be the first in the world to break through with Maglev and manufacture and operate the technology here.

Subsequently, it would be possible to market the product globally.

He said Maglev technology had substantial advantages and was well-tailored for Malaysia's roadmap towards 2020.

The spokesman added that a centre of excellence (COE) could be set up here if the technology was implemented, especially for the HSR project, which is set to catapult Malaysia as a global transportation leader.

The COE will facilitate technology transfer between the German conglomerates, with support from SMTDC.

"Malaysia could be the region's aggregation and development hub by adopting the technology.

"The breaking point will be the development of the HSR line.

"This revolutionary avant-garde system has substantial advantages and is well-tailored for Malaysia's roadmap towards 2020."

The spokesman said Ara Group had concluded two studies on the use of the technology, with the help of ThyssenKrupp and SMTDC respectively.

"The outcome of both concept papers looks promising.

"Some of the highlights include a much reduced travel time.

"It will only take 55 minutes to get from Kuala Lumpur to downtown Singapore.

"By utilising the North-South Plus Expressway corridor, the consortium will require minimal land acquisition."

Maglev technology eliminates noise and vibration below 200kph and is suited for urban areas and inner cities.

Train derailments would also be a thing of the past, even with the train running at 500kph, he said.

There is also relatively low maintenance for trains running on Maglev as compared with the conventional high-speed rail, which will minimise long-term operational cost.
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Two articles from TODAY regarding the high speed rail.


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Old February 23rd, 2013, 09:49 AM   #151
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If Singapore plans to be connected with the future pan Asia HSR system then it will not choose maglev.
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 02:29 PM   #152
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If Singapore plans to be connected with the future pan Asia HSR system then it will not choose maglev.
It will be useless anyways if you utilize conventional steel wheel on steel track technology for pan Asia HSR since it will take too much travel time to get one end to the other.
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It will be useless anyways if you utilize conventional steel wheel on steel track technology for pan Asia HSR since it will take too much travel time to get one end to the other.
"End to end", Singapore to Harbin, Hunchun or Pyongyang, maybe. But significant pieces?

What would be the trip time Kuala Lumpur-Bangkok by wheeled HSR?
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That would still be 6 h minimum even under the most optimistic scenario (250 km/h average over 1500 km).

Overall optimal public transportation network consists of several components and high speed rail is only one of them, albeit an important one. Assuming no major natural barriers (water or high mountains) it would look something like this:

very short distances (2-30 km): subway, commuter rail and buses
medium short distances (20-150 km): commuter and conventional rail
medium long distances (100-900 km): high speed rail
very long distances (>900 km or over water): airplanes

Anything under 200 km will still have private cars as the most significant form of transport.
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medium long distances (100-900 km): high speed rail
It depends on speed of HSR. With speed of 640 km/h (present days high-end maglev technologies) it will be able to travel, for example, from Chicago to New York (around 1200 km) by HSR in just two hours or from Singapore to Bangkok (around 2000 km) in few hours - and such people moving system can be more regular, effective, faster and even cheaper than airplanes

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Sure, I meant currently available and proven technology. I'm afraid maglev is not there yet. At least not until Japanese build their Tokyo-Osaka line.
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With speed of 640 km/h (present days high-end maglev technologies)
I don't know which type of maglev technology you have tried, but the Pudong maglev in Shanghai (of German design) is very shaky at 431 km/h. 640 km/h would be unbearable, I assume.
The Beijing to Tianjin and the Beijing to Shanghai railed HST's were incredibly smooth compared to the maglev, although those speeds were 'only' 334 and 310 km/h max when I was on them. But even around 330 km/h the Shanghai maglev was more shaky in comparison.

Perhaps the Japanese maglev technology is more comfortable at higher speed, but I have never tried those.
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That would still be 6 h minimum even under the most optimistic scenario (250 km/h average over 1500 km).
State of the art high speed rail - on Beijing-Shanghai, where the old railway is 1463 km, closely comparable to the existing Kuala Lumpur-Bangkok railway, the HSR is 1318 km due to some straightening. High speed express trains average 275 km/h and complete the trip in 4:48.

What is the distance, on existing railway, between Kuala Lumpur and Penang/Butterworth? And what could a realistic high speed rail travel time be?
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Malaysia and Singapore have agreed on a $2.34bn plan to build a high speed train linking Kuala Lumpur to Singapore to increase trade, investment and tourist flow between the two business hubs.

Singapore is Malaysia's second largest trading partner after the US and its largest trade partner within the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), accounting for 54.4% of total trade within ASEAN, according to the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA).

The project will enable to cut the 350 km journey to just 90 minutes compared to the seven-hour journey on the current rail service, with each train expected to carry 500 to 600 passengers.

Construction is expected to start before the end of the year and should be completed by 2009.

Malaysia's largest construction and power company, YTL, is spearheading the project, which should receive formal approval from the Malaysian government within the next two months. In the meantime, YTL has already started work on the Design and Track Laying (DTL) plan.

While bullet trains operate regionally in both Japan and Taiwan, the KL-Singapore route will be the first inter-country bullet train outside of Europe. There has also been talk of extending the link to Bangkok, but no action has been taken in this direction.

Siemens, which already has a strong presence in Malaysia, having worked on the high speed train linking Kuala Lumpur's main train station to the international airport, openly expressed its interest in becoming the project's technology contractor.

Tim Hunter, Siemens' new head of rail for Malaysia, spoke of the project in the local press last week, stating, "We're certainly well qualified for the job."

The company, which is also behind the Barcelona /Madrid bullet train that will begin operating next month, is expected to face competition for the project from France's Alstom, Japanese contractor Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Canada's Bombardier.

The new rail link will significant boost the Iskandar Development Region (IDR) in south Johor, the Malaysian state which lies closest to the Singapore border. IDR, one of the key growth areas under the Ninth Malaysia Plan, will offer a range of incentives to attract manufacturing and service activities, giving Singapore-based companies a chance to exploit low-cost advantages while remaining close to their headquarters. The increased interconnection the train will offer should make foreign investment from Singapore into the IDR more attractive. According to MIDA, Singapore was the 5th largest source of foreign investments in Malaysia in 2006, contributing $500m.

Another area in which the project will benefit the Johar region will be tourism. With two major resorts expected for completion by 2009, the IDR is looking to develop into a major international tourism centre. According to the Malaysian Immigrant Department, visitors from Singapore account for half the monthly arrivals in Malaysia.

One issue of interest is the impact the new train will have on local flight operators. There are approximately 30 daily flights between the two hubs, with 1.7m passengers reported to have flown between the two destinations in 2005. Some argue that as train journeys are cheaper and more convenient, market share for local airlines could significantly decline.

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SO it'd be 2 months to go on the decison..everyone pray that this deal will go through.

This thread started in early 2007 before Beijing -- Shanghai HSR. Now this over 1,300km line is already operational since late 2012 and we still don't see anything concrete except the joint lips service from the PM of both MY and SG over and over... What a shame.
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What is the distance, on existing railway, between Kuala Lumpur and Penang/Butterworth? And what could a realistic high speed rail travel time be?
The existing railway distance between KL Sentral and Butterworth is 380 kilometres.
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