To be scrapped: The High Speed Rail (HSR)…

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The ETS (Electric Train Service): KL-Butterworth-KL. From June 2015.

The ETS: Kuala Lumpur – Padang Besar – Kuala Lumpur, September 2015

PLANNED: HIGH SPEED RAIL BETWEEN KL AND SINGAPORE: 90 MINUTES IS ALL IT WILL TAKE! HOWEVER, IT IS TARGETED FOR WELL BEYOND 2020.

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Dr. Mahathir is absolutely right to scrap the Msia/Spore HSR project. Its totally not viable economically.

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khalidkarim Retweeted Astro AWANI #PilihanMalaysia

Why did Najib,Rahman Dahlan and MyHSR entered into the HSR JV without consulting rakyat and tabling at Parliament?Why didn’t they incorporate, proper termination clauses that will not cause undue pain to the parties? This is treason of highest order.

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Malaysian PM tells FT that KL-Singapore HSR will be dropped: “We need to do away with some of the unnecessary projects, for example the high-speed rail, which is going to cost us RM110bn ($28bn) and will not earn us a single cent. That will be dropped.”

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Singapore has not received notification from Malaysia about dropping of HSR project: MOT

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HSR Project Factfile

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17 May 2016

A high-speed train planned for is turning into a battle between Japan and China for the contract

By Lucky Malicay     9 hours ago in Lifestyle

Japan and China are currently engaged in a fierce competition for the contract to build Southeast Asia’s first high-speed railway.

The 350-kilometer high-speed railway project linking the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur and the city-state Singapore also attracted interest from companies from other countries such as Germany, France and South Korea.

But it is the intense rivalry between Japan and China for the project, estimated to cost between $10 billion and $18 billion, that draws the most attention as the two Asian economic powerhouses continue to battle for regional influence.

A global pioneer in high-speed trains, Japan is pitching its safety record while China, despite being a late comer, is boasting about having the technology that develops the world’s most cost-effective rail system.

China Railway Corp. general manager Sheng Guangzu said his firm will engage with China Harbor Engineering Company Ltd. and four others for the project. Representatives from China Railway, the leading company in the consortium and a subsidiary of CCCG, will fly to Malaysia for a three-day visit starting May 23 to bid for the project.

The company announced in March that it is building a $2 billion regional headquarters in Bandar Malaysia, just near the railway project’s terminal line, a move that observers view as a sign that the Chinese consortium has the upper hand in the bidding.

At an April 29 symposium, Japanese rail executives made a last-ditch effort to woo Malaysian officials, showcasing Japan’s shinkansen (high-speed trains) technology that boasted zero fatalities in its five-decade history.

“We are confident that we would be able to contribute to the Malaysia-Singapore HSR (high-speed railway) project with our experience and technology,” said Yuji Fukasawa, executive vice president of East Japan Railway Company.

As it catches up with China in the race for the lucrative railway contract, Japan has agreed to work with the Land Public Transport Commission of Malaysia to develop the Southeast Asian nation’s railway sector.

25 December 2015

No high-speed rail stop at Putrajaya from Singapore
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KUALA LUMPUR – High-Speed Rail trains plying between here and Singapore will not stop at Putrajaya, MyHSR Corp confirmed.

MyHSR Corp chief executive Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal said the HSR was supposed to share part of the Express Rail Link’s (ERL) track.

However, higher costs, a more complex agreement and a potential safety risk have led the Government to look at a dedicated HSR line instead.

“Using the ERL track for HSR, it becomes natural for Putrajaya to be in (the alignment).

“But after looking at certain feedback from technical experts, the Government decided to go for a dedicated HSR line,” he told The Star.

Talks are ongoing between Singapore and Malaysia for the 350km project before an international tender for it is expected to open late next year.

This would mean that the next HSR stop after KL would be Seremban.

Mohd Nur said HSR trains would travel at faster speeds than ERL coaches, which move at top speeds of 160kph now.

This, he said, would mean both trains would have to be coordinated for the same track.

Aside from paying ERL Sdn Bhd for using the track, he added that the line would also have to be modified to take HSR trains.

– See more at: http://transport.asiaone.com/news/general/story/no-high-speed-rail-stop-putrajaya-singapore?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_term=Autofeed&link_time=1451015997#xtor=EchoBox

WAS IT A CASE OF THE MOUTH NOT ENGAGING THE BRAIN? And then, conveniently claiming that he was misquoted?

For some bewildering days, many thought that the KL-Singapore-KL High Speed Rail would become the KL-JB-KL High Speed Rail!

Malaysia’s Land Public Transport Commision (SPAD) chief executive Mohamad Nur Ismal Kamal had said in The Edge Malaysia on Monday, 15 June that “we would prefer to terminate the line at the existing CIQ (customs, immigration and quarantine) complex. However, Singapore wants it to terminate in Jurong East and understandably so.”

That led to this reply on Friday, 19 June from the Ministry of Transport, Singapore:

“Our understanding is that Malaysia views the commercial premise of the KL-Singapore HSR project, and with which we agree, as being based on a direct connection between the two city centres.

“Terminating the HSR in Johor Baru will not achieve this objective,” it said.

Late on the same Friday, the SPAD man said that he was’ misquoted’.

– See more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/transport/story/malaysias-transport-agency-says-ceo-misquoted-high-speed-rail-2015061#sthash.NkuM15oW.dpuf

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It’s KLAS HSR. KL- Almost Singapore High Speed Train.

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Malaysia’s Land Public Transport Commission(SPAD) surprised too by Singapore’s statement as the understanding is HSR ending in Jurong East

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SPAD CEO quoted in The Edge as saying Malaysia wanted HSR to end at CIQ but understood Singapore’s preference as well

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For Malaysia, the terminus will be in the area of Bandar Malaysia, about 3km from the financial district. Singapore announced on Monday that its terminus will be located at the site of the Jurong Country Club in Jurong East.

The Straits Times

Malaysia to price round-trip HSR ticket from KL-Singapore at under RM400: Report

Published on May 12, 2015 1:31 PM

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia is looking to price the new high-speed rail (HSR) service linking Kuala Lumpur to Singapore at under RM400 (S$148) for a round trip ticket, according to a report citing the country’s Land Public Transport Commission.

Malaysia’s Business Times newspaper cited its Land Public Transport Commission chief executive Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal as saying that tickets would be priced affordably to accommodate all market segments, including business and leisure travellers.

“We foresee a much lower average price to make the HSR project feasible. It would cost less than RM200 for a single trip. Although the return on investment will take a longer time, the operator will have several options to recoup its investment in the project,” Mr Mohd Nur Ismal was quoted as saying in the business pullout of the News Straits Times.

Currently, people travelling from Singapore to KL pay between S$25 and S$50 for a five-hour bus ride, about S$80 for a 45-minute budget flight, and about S$250 for a full-service flight.

– See more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/south-east-asia/story/malaysia-price-round-trip-hsr-ticket-kl-singapore-under-rm400-report#sthash.70dP3ibz.dpuf

Jurong Country Club sets up hotline to address members’ concerns. Full story:

Malay Mail Online Business Times: KL-Singapore rapid rail link to miss 2020 deadline

SINGAPORE — Still reeling from yesterday’s (May 11) sudden announcement that the Jurong Country Club has to make way for the high speed rail terminus, the club’s management said today that it is seeking a meeting with the authorities by the end of the week. A hotline has been set up to address members’ concerns.

“We’ve been receiving quite a number of calls since this morning,” said Ms Christina Ling, the club’s marketing communications manager. While she was unable to give an estimate of the number of queries received, she said that those who called were largely concerned about the amount of compensation they would get.

The club first received notice of the acquisition on Monday morning, after which its management convened a meeting. A notice was put up at the main lobby at around 2pm, and members were informed of the news via text message, email, or over the phone.

Members were told that they would be informed of further developments, after the meeting with the authorities.

http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/jurong-country-club-still-reeling-sudden-announcement-terminus-site

Malay Mail Online Business Times: KL-Singapore rapid rail link to miss 2020 deadline

KUALA LUMPUR, April 27 — The high-speed rail line linking Kuala Lumpur to Singapore is unlikely to be completed until two years after its original 2020 deadline, Singapore’s Business Times reported today.

According to an anonymous source, unresolved issues in the complex project between the two nations that could cost as much as RM72 billion made it too ambitious to expect the project to be finished in five years’ time. “This (the delay) is not necessarily a bad thing.

It’s a huge project. More time is needed to sort some aspects out so that it can take off smoothly,” the source close to the project told the Singaporean business paper.

The Business Times also added that the works packages for the project may now be awarded through negotiated tenders rather than open bidding, although it said this was not yet confirmed.

It was initially expected that work could begin as early as the coming third quarter, but with the Cabinet only approving MyHSR Corp — the Finance Ministry unit that will execute the project — last week, a 2016 start is now more likely.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/business-times-kl-singapore-rapid-rail-link-to-miss-2020-deadline#sthash.rezdLCez.dpuf

NST

Malaysia, Japan held talks on proposed KL-Singapore high-speed train project: Muhyiddin

By Shahrum Sayuthi – 15 March 2015 @ 3:48 PM SENDAI (Japan) : Japan became the first country to conduct high level talks with Malaysia over possible involvement in the proposed high speed train project between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had requested for the special meeting, held yesterday, to discuss possible involvement of the country’s rail companies in the project. The meeting was on the side of the United Nation World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction here which was opened by Abe on the same day of the meeting.

He said the government is currently studying the proposed project in order to lay down its details for implementation. He also said that bidding for the project will be processed through open tenders. “I had been informed by the Cabinet that the project will mostly be managed by the private sector.

The government will be involved in matters such as land acquisition,” he added. Asked if any other country had shown interest to be involved in the project, Muhyiddin said the Chinese government had also shown interest.

http://www.nst.com.my/node/76599

China eyes KL-Singapore HSR project

Chinese corps hopeful of clinching multi-billion ringgit KL-SG high-speed rail link project

The Star/Asia News Network

A consortium of 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 is hopeful of clinching the multi-billion ringgit Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail link (HSR) project.

Dubbed South-East Asia’s most ambitious infrastructure project and the region’s first HSR, the 340 km link will reduce the journey over land between the two neighbours to 90 minutes from about six hours.

The proposed link is expected to benefit both countries economically with better connectivity and development opportunities, ease traffic congestion and improve liveability in its major cities.

http://business.asiaone.com/news/china-eyes-kl-singapore-hsr-project

China keen to help build KL-Singapore high-speed rail link

BEIJING – China is keen to help build the Malaysia-Singapore highspeed rail link that will cut travel time be­­tween the republic and Kuala Lum­pur to 90 minutes. The interest was expressed during a meeting between Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Chi­nese Premier Li Keqiang yesterday, according to state media Xinhua. Li told Najib that China was willing to “actively participate” in the Singapore-Malaysia highspeed rail. Targeted for completion in 2020, the line will be between 320km and 340km in length. The project is now undergoing an engineering study. Issues such as financing and governance will have to be worked out by both countries’ governments be­­fore a tender can be called. http://transport.asiaone.com/news/general/story/china-keen-kl-singapore-high-speed-rail-link#sthash.9sdc5CkX.uxfsThe Stops: Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat,  Nusajaya and Singapore.

Malaysia confirms its S’pore-KL rail stations

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. …

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. http://transport.asiaone.com/news/general/story/malaysia-confirms-its-spore-kl-rail-stations#sthash.CcPFGi82.uxfs — Star

Tuesday April 8, 2014 MYT 8:57:23 AM

Site in Sungai Besi chosen for high-speed railway station

All smiles: Najib with his Singaporean counterpart Lee waving after a joint press conference in conjunction with the fifth Malaysia-Singapore Leaders’ Retreat.

All smiles: Najib with his Singaporean counterpart Lee waving after a joint press conference in conjunction with the fifth Malaysia-Singapore Leaders’ Retreat.

PUTRAJAYA: Bandar Malaysia in Sungai Besi has been chosen as the site for the country’s terminal for the Malaysia-Singapore high-speed rail (HSR) link service. The selection of the site was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at a joint press conference with his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong yesterday. “We have decided the terminal for the HSR link will be in Bandar Malaysia, which is the current (Royal Malaysian) Air Force base in Sungai Besi. “The project has created a lot of excitement and both sides are working hard to achieve the 2020 deadline for completion,” he said. http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/04/08/PM-HSR-terminal-will-be-in-Bandar-Malaysia-Site-in-Sungai-Besi-chosen-for-highspeed-railway-station/ —– Channel News Asia

Singapore and Malaysia to form joint work group on high-speed rail link

SINGAPORE: Singapore and Malaysia are to form a joint work group to discuss and jointly recommend requirements for the proposed high-speed rail link between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. On completing its task, the work group will submit its recommendations on the next phase of the project to the governments of the two countries. The work group will be formed under the purview of the Joint Ministerial Committee for Iskandar Malaysia (JMCIM). In a statement issued on Saturday, the committee said an agreement to form the joint work group was reached at its meeting in Nusajaya, Malaysia on Friday. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-and-malaysia-to/913508.html — See Impact of the KLSingapore highspeed rail – The Edge Malaysia http://www.theedgemalaysia.com/property/240326-impact-of-the-kl-singapore-high-speed-rail-… Jun 4, 2013 Impact of the KLSingapore highspeed rail the main beneficiaries of the proposed HSR as greater connectivity and stronger cross-corporate .. —– PLANNED: HIGH SPEED TRAIN BETWEEN KL AND SINGAPORE: 90 MINUTES IS ALL IT WILL TAKE! HOWEVER, IT IS TARGETED FOR 2020. ——– CHINA HAS EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE AS WELL AS FINANCIAL MUSCLE IN THE BUILDING OF HIGH SPEED TRAINS. A bullet train connects Beijing and Shanghai. I was on it recently with members of my family. DSCN6702 Visiting China, the land of my ancestors (1) … Star Saturday October 5, 2013 MYT 6:50:18 AM

China shows interest in KL-Singapore high-speed rail project

PUTRAJAYA: China has expressed interest in participating in Malaysia’s 330km-long Kuala Lumpur-Singa­pore high speed rail (HSR) link project. China President Xi Jinping said the project, together with port development and other connectivity projects, were on top of their overseas investment ventures. He said they were also ready to consider participating in the Nor­thern Economic Corridor development projects. “The Chinese government will continue to encourage Chinese companies to participate in Malaysia’s railway, port and other connectivity projects. “The Chinese government is ready to give positive consideration to participate in the Northern Corridor development projects in the appropriate ways,” he said yesterday at a joint press statement with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak after their bilateral meeting at the Perdana Putra Building here. China shows interest in KL-Singapore high-speed rail project — CNA

Proposed KL-S’pore high-speed rail final report expected by end-July

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri revealed in parliament that a full report is expected to be ready by the end of July. The government is expected to put it up for tender by the end of the year. The project, which was agreed in principle between Malaysia and Singapore in February, is targeted for completion by 2020. At least three bidders have shown interest in the project, which is estimated to cost some US$12 billion. They are UEM, which is controlled by government investment arm Khazanah Nasional, MMC Gamuda, which is led by Malaysian tycoon Syed Moktar Al-Bukhary, and YTL Corp, which built and operates the express rail link to the KL International Airport.

Proposed KL-S’pore highspeed rail final report expected by end-July —– Free Malaysia Today

Early study on highspeed rail link done

May 22, 2013

The preliminary study on the high-speed rail link between Malaysia and Singapore is completed, says Foreign Minister Anifah Aman.

By Sathish Govind PUTRAJAYA: The preliminary study on the high-speed rail link between Malaysia and Singapore is completed, said Foreign Minister Anifah Aman. According to Anifah, both countries are eager to see the completion of the high-speed link. He, however, did not disclose details of the study, but said if there is a need to do further studies on the feasibility of the high-speed link, it will be done in the future. “The rail link is expected to usher the era of prosperity and connectivity between Asean countries,” he told newsmen at a press conference in Putrajaya yesterday. https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/05/22/early-study-on- —– Malaysian Insider

Singapore in RM84m study of MRT link to Johor

April 13, 2013

Trains parked at the SMRT Trains Bishan Depot. — WikiMedia CommonsKUALA LUMPUR, April 13 ― Singapore has awarded a S$34.2 million (RM84.11 million) contract to a consortium of infrastructural specialists to study a new Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) link to Johor. This is believed to be one of the costliest studies awarded so far by Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA), reported The Straits Times. The consortium is led by Aecom and includes Malaysian architectural firm SA Architects. The RM84.11 million does not include what the Malaysian government is co-funding, the report said. According to New York, US-listed Aecom’s website, it will cost US$42 million (RM127.78 million) in total. ………. According to the report, a comprehensive list of cost-and-benefit ratios of various options will be taken into account in this “rare cross-border mass transit link.” These choices include an undersea tunnel and a viaduct. It is understood that the study will factor in political risks “as two governments are involved.” ………. The link is expected to be completed by 2018.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/singapore-in-rm84m-study-of-mrt-link-to-johor/ ——– Click on the link for the article

Featured & Issues  |  MARCH 22, 2013, 10:15 AM

Winners and losers

In the fourth of a five-part series on high-speed rail we look at the possible benefits and disadvantages of the project and the likely losers and winners. Predictably, construction companies are excited about the many opportunities the projects offer. But if this expensive project which costs RM30-80 billion is to fail in terms of delivery,  it would be disaster.

http://www.kinibiz.com/story/issues/10446/winners-and-losers.html ——–

Featured & Issues  |  MARCH 20, 2013, 9:46 AM

On the right track?

In the second of a five-part series on the high-speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, KiniBiz examines just some of the key issues that have to be sorted out. It’s not right to let a massive project costing anywhere between RM40-80 billion – the largest single project in Malaysia to date – to gain momentum for implementation when the feasibility study itself will be ready only later this year.

To launch a mega project without a completed feasibility study is highly unusual to say the least – and the lack of one for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) link is a point contention for many.

Without a complete set of hard facts and figures readily available, open to debate and discussion it is hard to draw a comprehensive picture on the viability and practicality of the project. This has left many Malaysians wondering if the government is undertaking another massive project without doing its homework.

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The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) says that they are currently in the final stages of the HSR Phase 1B feasibility study and they expect it to be completed by June 2013. Why the announcement could not wait another four months is anyone’s guess. ……….

When deciding to build a HSR link an obvious question is whether the country can afford it in the first place. But the more important question might be whether the country can maintain it, both in terms patronage and upkeep in the long term.

Economists have also identified this as a key concern and are keen to point out the close correlation between the financing structure and eventual affordability of the link to travellers.

A Maybank KE report highlighted a study done of commuters at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal and Skypark Subang terminals, where they were asked if they would change their travel frequency to Singapore if the journey was cut short by 60 minutes. Overall, the study found that trips down south could increase almost 3.5 times more. Commuters however were not asked how much they would be willing to pay for such a service. Perhaps it is safe to say that commuters are interested, but at what price? For the article, click on: http://www.kinibiz.com/story/issues/9913/on-the-right-track.html ——–

Corporate  |  MARCH 6, 2013, 1:20 PM

M’sia-S’pore to finalise KL-S’pore rail project

Story by
Zabidi Ishar

Bullet_train SINGAPORE – Malaysia and Singapore authorities are jointly studying several matters to finalise details for the KL-Singapore high-speed rail link project, International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed said here last night. He said both sides are “very serious” about the project and are mutually supportive to see the rail link was a success story. The ambitious project, jointly agreed to by the Malaysian and Singapore governments, is slated for operations in 2020. Upon completion, it will take only 90 minutes for travellers from Kuala Lumpur to reach Singapore and vice-versa. Both sides were working closely to sort out the details as the rail link was crucial to Malaysia and Singapore to further enhance their bilateral and trade relations, he told Malaysian journalists after ending his working visit to the republic. -BERNAMA http://www.kinibiz.com/story/corporate/6908/msia-spore-to-finalise-kl-spore-rail-project.html ——–

From RM8 billion to RM80 billion

Story by
P. Gunasegaram
guna@kinibiz.com

On the surface it looks like rather a seductive deal but scratch and just below the surface is a minefield of issues which have to be dealt with before one can even decide to have a high-speed rail (HSR) link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Top of this is the cost. In 2006, one businessman, Francis Yeoh of YTL fame, estimated it would cost RM8 billion before land costs. But now it could cost as much as RM80 billion if feasibility studies done elsewhere are an indication. A project of similar length in 2011 costs between RM50 billion and RM80 billion, before the cost of trains, in Australia, one study showed. According to one news report, the cost of constructing such a link between Kuala Lumpur and Johor Baru was estimated at RM40 billion. Read more: From RM8 billion to RM80 billion FEBRUARY 21, 2013 http://www.kinibiz.com/story/quotes/4316/from-rm8-billion-to-rm80-billion.html ——– Sundaily

Moody’s cautious on High Speed Rail link project

Posted on 26 February 2013 – 11:51am Last updated on 26 February 2013 – 02:13pm

SINGAPORE (Feb 26, 2013): Despite creating a lot of excitement on both sides of the border, Moody’s is taking a cautious view on the High Speed Rail link between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur until more details of the project are revealed. Christian de Guzman, Vice President-Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service Singapore Pte Ltd, said: “It is definitely creating a lot of buzz, but I think we prefer to be cautious about this. “For one thing, when you look at the high speed rail, we still do not know a lot of details,” he told Bernama in a phone interview. ………. “We do not know where in Singapore the rail link will be located, which could influence how successful this project could be. ………. Asked on the impact of the project, he said: “Definitely, there will be a boost to tourism, general linkages, but it also depends on the pricing. “If the ticket costs as much as a plane ticket to KL, there might not be much of an impact, but at the same time it could facilitate trade and the flow of people. Moody’s cautious on High Speed Rail link project ——– Star

  • 25 Feb 2013
  • The Star Malaysia
  • BY SHARIDAN M. ALI sharidan@thestar.com.my

High-speed rail: Fares may not be cheap

The ticket structure would play big role in determining the operational sustainability of HSR

The scope of the study has also looked at defining an alignment which is technically feasible and yields optimal revenue. — LAND PUBLIC TRANSPORT COMMISSION PETALING JAYA: Don’t expect fares on the planned high-speed rail (HSR) project from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore to be cheap. Although structured on a public-private partnership (PPP), the government will play a significant role to help fund this infrastructure project. And with this in place, the HSR would have a “strong commercial viability and sustainability of its operations”, a rail expert told StarBiz. He said that the other main commercial components of the HSR would likely be recouping the investments from property development, akin to the business model of the Mass Rapid Transit and Light Rail Transit projects. “The ticket fare structure would play a big role in determining operational sustainability (of the HSR project). “Hence, it would not be cheap to travel by high-speed or bullet train; it might be more expensive than a budget airline fare. But, it will be a matter of choice as for me. “I would rather pay a little bit more as I can board the train and arrive in the city centre, without the hassle of travelling to the airport. I guess it would be more comfortable, too,” one observer told StarBiz. http://mystar.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx ——– Towns/Cities to be stops: Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat and Iskandar Malaysia.

Five stops for KL-Singapore rail

The Star/Asia News Network | Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 PUTRAJAYA – Five towns in Malaysia have been earmarked as “stop stations” in the initial plan for the proposed high-speed rail link connecting Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. These towns are Seremban in Negri Sembilan; Ayer Keroh in Malacca; and Muar, Batu Pahat and Iskandar Malaysia in Johor, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha. The proposed project, which would see travel time between the two capitals cut to just 90 minutes, was expected to attract development to these areas, he said.

——– Rafizi said Pakatan’s interstate system will connect major cities from Perlis to Johor Bahru, as well as east coast to west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Free Malaysia Today

Pakatan derails KL-S’pore high-speed train

Lisa J. Ariffin | February 20, 2013

Rafizi Ramli announces Pakatan’s plan for a high-speed interstate railway system instead.

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PETALING JAYA: The opposition today criticised the RM13 billion joint-venture between the Malaysian and Singaporean governments to complete a high-speed rail link by 2020. PKR strategy advisor Rafizi Ramli instead announced Pakatan Rakyat’s plan for a high-speed interstate railway system that will be a part of their Election 2013 manifesto to be released on Monday. “BN’s mandate is going to expire within one or two months. There should not be any heavy financial commitments made,” he told reporters here. “Even if BN stays in power, the concession conditions will burden the people heavily. The money should instead be spent on creating a national bullet train system,” he added. Pakatan derails KL-S’pore high-speed train ——– Malaysian Insider

Pakatan counters Putrajaya’s plan, offers high-speed interstate rail

UPDATED @ 08:36:25 PM 20-02-2013
By Zurairi AR
February 20, 2013

PETALING JAYA, Feb 20 – Pakatan Rakyat (PR) announced today that a high-speed interstate railway system will be part of their Election 2013 manifesto, which it says is much more needed than a Kuala Lumpur-Singapore link. ………… “Although the manifesto for PR will only be launched this Monday … I can give an early preview that it will give a specific commitment to build an interstate high-speed rail system,” PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli told reporters here.

Pakatan counters Putrajaya’s plan, offers high-speed interstate rail

——– PLANNED: HIGH SPEED TRAIN BETWEEN KL AND SINGAPORE: 90 MINUTES IS ALL IT WILL TAKE! HOWEVER, IT IS TARGETED FOR 2020. The prime ministers have tasked a joint ministerial committee to look into the details and modalities of the high-speed rail link. Star

  • 20 Feb 2013
  • The Star Malaysia
  • > Reports by NELSON BENJAMIN, ZAZALI MUSA, EILEEN NG, YEE XIANG YUN and DANIEL KHOO

KL-S’pore in just 90 minutes

A high-speed rail link is to be built between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore that will cut travel time to just 90 minutes. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his counterpart Lee Hsien Loong said the connection, expected to be completed in 2020…

SINGAPORE: Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to build a high-speed rail link between the city state and Kuala Lumpur. The link will cut travelling time between the two destinations to just 90 minutes, from the hours it now takes by rail and road. The two countries also agreed on a rapid transit system linking Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit system with Johor Baru. THE GREAT TRAIN PROJECTS ——– CNA S’pore, Malaysia agree on high-speed rail link By S Ramesh, Hetty Musfirah | Posted: 19 February 2013 1257 hrs Malaysia's PM Najib Razak (L) and Singapore's PM Lee Hsien Loong holding a news conference to announce an agreement to build a high-speed rail link between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. 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. S’pore, Malaysia agree on high-speed rail link ———————————————————————

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