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Singapore-Malaysia rail links planned for 2020


Leaders discuss high-speed rail and “mass rapid transit”
Two planned rail projects connecting Singapore to its northern neighbour Malaysia will not be operational before 2020, according to the prime ministers of both countries.
Local broadsheet The Straits Times reported that Malaysian leader Najib Razak and Singapore’s Lee Hsien Loong held their annual retreat in Singapore this week to discuss various issues, including a high-speed rail system and MRT (mass rapid transit) connection.
It was announced that the terminus for the high-speed rail linking Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in 90 minutes will be built in Jurong East, in the upcoming business area of Jurong Lake District.
The idea was first discussed in 2013, but a new target date will now be announced by the end of 2015. Najib was quoted as saying that the design and tender processes would take one year each, and another five years for construction.
At the same time, the MRT extension into Malaysia’s Johor Bahru is likely to materialise only after 2020 as Malaysia has not appointed a station site. This idea was raised in 2010, but the completion date was pushed from 2018 to 2019 as Singapore decided to lengthen the Thomson Line, which will connect to the Johor Bahru line. At the earliest, the Singapore-Johor Bahru line will be finished by 2020, said The Straits Times.
The Straits Times / TTG Asia
[pictured: Bombardier high-speed train]


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