SINGAPORE, Jan 5 — The alignment of the 300 over kilometre high-speed rail (HSR) network between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur is still under discussions and will be finalised only after detailed engineering studies are completed, says the Singapore Ministry of Transport (MOT).
“After the recently-concluded Request for Information (RFI) exercise in December 2015, both countries are studying the feedback thoroughly and will use it to improve the project’s commercial and operating models and procurement approach,” an MOT spokesperson was quoted as saying in a news report on Monday.
Both countries were looking at the possibility of two different services on the cross-border HSR network between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
The report also said Singapore and Malaysia were still in discussions on the project’s commercial and operating models which could possibly include an express non-stop service between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and a transit service which would call at several stations in between.
“Singapore has proposed that the transit service, which will stop at several stations in Malaysia and hence primarily serve commuters travelling within Malaysia, be operated separately from the express non-stop HSR service.
“This will give Malaysia autonomy over the transit service to serve Malaysia’s domestic needs while both countries work together on the cross-border HSR services,” the spokesperson added.
The Edge Financial Daily had on Monday reported that both the Malaysian and Singaporean governments have come to a consensus on the alignment of the HSR linking Kuala Lumpur to Singapore.
The newspaper reported that both governments have decided on two services, one being a direct service linking Kuala Lumpur to the republic and, another with transit stops in between.
“We are envisioning to start with two services – one that will go directly to Singapore and another that will stop with transit services in Bandar Malaysia, Seremban, Melaka, Muar, Batu Pahat and Nusajaya, and then (across the causeway to) Singapore … even with the stops in between, we will have express services that do not stop,” MyHSR Corp Sdn Bhd Chief Executive Officer Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal was quoted as saying in the Edge Financial Daily report.
MyHSR Corp is responsible for the development and promotion of the HSR project.