Wednesday, 14 December 2016

S'pore-KL High Speed Rail Agreement

MALAYSIA, SINGAPORE SIGN LANDMARK HIGH-SPEED RAIL DEAL

The National flags of Singapore and Malaysia are seen before the signing of the High Speed Rail MOU at the Prime Minister's official residence on 19 July, 2016



Malaysia and Singapore have signed the High-Speed Rail (HSR) bilateral agreement that will cut travel time between both countries to just 90 minutes.



Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong witnessed the signing of the landmark deal during the 7th Malaysia-Singapore Leaders’ Retreat here on Tuesday.


The agreement was signed at 5.15pm between Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan and Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan.

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Malaysia, Singapore sign High Speed Rail deal
The HSR line will have one terminus in the new township of Bandar Malaysia, at the edge of Kuala Lumpur, with another at the upcoming Jurong Lake District, in the west of Singapore. — TODAY file photo

Malaysia and Singapore formalised the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) agreement here today.

The signing was witnessed by Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong, who is on a working visit to attend the 7th Malaysia–Singapore Leaders’ Retreat in Wisma Putra.

The deal was signed by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan for Malaysia and Singapore Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan.

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Singapore-Malaysia high speed rail: China ahead in race for contract as Japan pushes hard
An employee works on a final assembly line for CRH380B, a high speed train model, at China CNR's Tangshan Railway Vehicle's factory in Tangshan, Hebei province, February 11, 2015

With China and Japan competing closely for winning the contract for the proposed Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail (HSR) project, the Malaysian government has said the complicated and extensive project will be executed under a 'robust governance structure'.

Malaysian minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan was responding to demands by the opposition coalition that the government should be open about the income from the project and the cost sharing with Singapore.

"I want to emphasise that, the Government has spent a long time researching and analysing the project, to understand the impacts, benefits and risks of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR project to the country," said Abdul Rahman, the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department.


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High-speed rail project to have 'robust governance structure': Malaysian minister

Malaysian minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan said that his country is committed to ensuring that its fiscal management of the Kuala Lumpur-S'pore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project will have a "robust governance structure" for the transparent & efficient use of resources.

In a statement on Sunday (Dec 11), Abdul Rahman, who is Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, rebutted calls by opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan for the government to be open about the income it would derive from the project and how the cost of construction will be borne by both nations.

The opposition proposed that any signing of agreements on the HSR be postponed until an in-depth, solid and transparent study had been conducted to prove the sustainability of the project.

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KL-SG HSR project to have robust governance structure

The government is committed to ensuring that fiscal management of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (KL-SG HSR) project, will have a robust governance structure for transparent and efficient use of resources.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan said Malaysia was seriously committed to the KL-SG HSR and had researched and analysed the project extensively.

He said the government understood the impact, benefits and risks to the country, as background work on the project had begun in 2011.

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HSR project can propel KL, Singapore into mega cities

The high-speed rail (HSR) development connecting Kuala Lumpur and Singapore will catapult both cities into the league of mega cities.

It will also raise the prospect of closer economic integration between the cities, MyHSR Corp Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Mohd Nur Ismal Kamal told Business Times.

He said the HSR will provide an opportunity for both cities to be stronger and more attractive as a gateway to Asean.

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RM100b in benefits from high speed rail project

The proposed Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail (HSR) project will bring many benefits to Malaysia, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

Abdul Rahman, who is the minister in charge of the Economic Planning Unit, said the project was the result of intensive research since 2010 and its impact, benefits and risks have been identified.

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High speed rail a key project under 11th Malaysia Plan

The Government is committed to making the High Speed Rail (HSR) between Malaysia and S'pore one of the key development projects under the 11th Malaysia Plan, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

He said the Government had spent a long time researching & analysing the HSR to understand the impact, benefits and risks of the project.

"The background work on the project started in 2011 & the Government decided recently to proceed with the project with Singapore after much work and deliberation," he said in a statement yesterday.

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Malaysia's opposition asks HSR signing to be delayed

Malaysia's opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan wants any signing of agreements to do with the High-Speed Rail (HSR) with the S'pore Government to be postponed until an in-depth, solid & transparent study is conducted to prove the sustainability of the project.

In a statement released on Tuesday (Dec 6), Members of Parliament from Pakatan Harapan said they want Malaysia to be open about the income Malaysia will derive from this project & how the cost of construction will be borne by both nations.

"The project involves huge amounts of the country's finances and a lot of citizens' land is expected to be taken by the government to construct the HSR. Therefore, the government should not keep information about this project secret like a 3rd World country," the statement read.

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Malaysia to extend KTM to Singapore’s MRT


Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the current Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) service will be extended to connect with the Singapore's Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system to reduce traffic. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng



Malaysia and Singapore plan to extend the commuter service between them via the Johor Baru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link project.


Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the current Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) service will be extended to connect with Singapore's Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system to reduce traffic. “This is an improvement in the KTM service between Johor Baru and Singapore. “Increase in frequency and volume so that we can reduce the congestion that people [are] facing in the causeway.

It will also reduce pollution,” he said during a press conference today.

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Singapore, Malaysia hope to ink deal on Rapid Transit System linking Woodlands North, Johor Baru next year


A bilateral agreement for a Rapid Transit System linking Woodlands with Johor Baru is expected to be inked next year.FOTO: ST FILE



A bilateral agreement for a cross-border MRT system between S'pore & Johor Baru is expected to be inked by the end of next year.

The Rapid Transit System (RTS) will connect to the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL), & will adopt the same systems and trains as the TEL to reap economies of scale.

It will link the Bukit Chagar terminus station in Johor to the Singapore terminal in Woodlands North via a high bridge across the Strait of Johor.

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S'pore-JB Rapid Transit System to be linked via high bridge over Straits of Johor

The Rapid Transit System (RTS) link connecting S'pore & Johor Baru will be connected via a high bridge, the prime ministers of S'pore and Malaysia announced on Tuesday (Dec 13) in a joint news conference after the signing of a bilateral agreement on the high-speed rail (HSR) project.

"We've settled on a high-bridge crossing. This was a major point - how are we going to cross the Straits of Johor - (a) high bridge, low bridge (or) tunnel," said Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. "That clears the way for us to work towards a bilateral agreement which I hope we can sign by the end of next year.

The RTS link will adopt Singapore's Thomson-East Coast line system, including its signaling system, rolling stock, communication system and integrated supervisory control system. Explaining the rationale for this, Mr Lee said it would reap economies of scale.

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Singapore High Speed Rail terminus set for Jurong East




The decision to site the HSR terminus at Jurong East dovetails with the Government’s plans to develop Jurong East. This could include introducing new mixed-use developments and community facilities at the surrounding area to serve Jurong residents, HSR passengers and visitors. Accessibility at Jurong East will be greatly improved when existing and new MRT lines are seamlessly integrated with future developments, the Integrated Transport Hub, and connected with pedestrian linkways. There will be opportunities to further improve the road network as part of the comprehensive redevelopment of the area. New family-friendly recreation uses could also be developed to complement the upcoming Jurong Lake Gardens and the new Science Centre. Residents and visitors can look forward to enjoying continuous access to the entire Jurong Lake waterfront.



These new developments will be implemented progressively after detailed planning and technical studies are carried out. Concurrently, for the HSR, the Government will conduct a detailed engineering study to finalise the station footprint and alignment. More details will be announced when ready.



The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) has gazetted the acquisition of the affected land today. SLA will work closely with the management of JCC and assist the club throughout the acquisition process.

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Singapore-KL high-speed rail terminal will be in Jurong East

THE terminus for the high-speed rail link between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur will be sited in Jurong East, a move that is in line with plans for the area to be Singapore's second central business district.

But the ambitious rail link, billed by the leaders of both countries as a "game-changer", will not be completed by the original target of 2020.

The new target date will be announced after both sides have agreed on all major issues of the project. And the deadline for this agreement is the end of this year.

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KL-Singapore 
High Speed Rail Terminus Set for Jurong East

The Singapore Government announced today that the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) terminus will be located at the current site of Jurong Country Club (JCC) in Jurong East. The site will also be comprehensively redeveloped for new mixed-use developments and community facilities to serve Jurong residents, HSR passengers and visitors.

At the 6th Singapore-Malaysia Leaders’ Retreat on 5 May 2015, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that the HSR terminus in Singapore would be located in Jurong East. This is in line with the Government’s vision to develop Jurong into a second Central Business District and as a new gateway to Singapore.

In view of Singapore’s land constraints, the Government has sought to minimise the HSR’s land take here. For example, we have agreed with Malaysia that all depot and stabling facilities will be located in Malaysia. Notwithstanding this, the HSR terminus will require a sufficiently large site that is accessible and well-connected to the public transport network. The JCC site is ideal due to its high connectivity, with close proximity to the existing two MRT lines (East-West and North-South Lines) at Jurong East MRT station, new MRT lines (the Jurong Region Line and Cross Island Line) being planned around the area, as well as the future integrated transport hub in Jurong East. The terminus will also be located close to Jurong Gateway, which is already shaping up well as a vibrant mixed-use precinct. Hence, the terminus location is compatible with the surrounding land uses, and well-supported by infrastructure and amenities.


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HSR S'pore-KL in just 90 minutes

Singapore and Malaysia will build a high-speed rail linking the smaller island to Malaysia's capital of Kuala Lumpur, its governments have announced.

The 350km line will shoot travellers at a top speed of 300km/h, allowing someone to go from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur in just 90 minutes.

The equivalent journey takes about five hours by car on the highway, and 11 hours across existing train services, estimates Channel News Asia.

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S'pore-KL HSR swallows another golf course

Raffles Country Club will have to hand over its land to the G by July 31, 2018 to make way for the new high-speed rail project. The site of the current golf club will be used to build the portal to the underground tunnels that will lead to the Jurong East terminal station. It will also be used as the western depot for the new Cross-Island Line, part of Singapore’s MRT system.

The Jurong East Terminal station itself will be built largely on the site of the former Jurong Country Club, which closed in December last year to make way for the rail project.

The Straits Times said that the site will also be used to build “at-grade tracks” – what’s that? A simple flip over to TODAY explained everything – these are crossover tracks. TODAY reported that some hapless ex-members of Jurong Country Club had bought memberships at Raffles Country Club and are now facing the same situation a second time. Golf clubs and high-speed railways just don’t seem to play well together.

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Chinese train manufacturer wins railcar bid in US

A Chinese rail company has won a contract in the United States recently despite President Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ campaign and promise to support local industry.

Train and rail equipment manufacturer, China Railway Rolling Stock Corp won the contract beating Canada’s Bombardier Inc and South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem.

Philadelphia city government on Thursday approved the purchase of 45 multilevel coaches from the Chinese train giant's subsidiary, CRRC MA, for its regional rail network, People’s Daily reported Saturday.

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