SINGAPORE, Jan 8 –“Speed train sure on one. But I am pretty sure Singapore will only build from Jurong East and up to its border only. The rest Malaysia will do on its own.”
“No. They will jointly do together one, up to KL.”
“I think the train is only to carry passengers. No goods (barang).”
“Ya. Possible. The 90 minutes journey for 300 kilometres (km) is OK.”
That was part of a conversation among three late 50’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) commuters on the much-awaited Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR).They were believed to be tourists in Singapore as they were amazed with their first ride on the MRT service here.Before that they were seen struggling to read a map which is drawn with multiple line of colours, representing MRT and light rail transit lines.
People on the street, regardless of Malaysians or Singaporeans, have their own hopes and aspirations towards the development of the HSR.Property buyers might now have in mind to own them throughout the suggested HSR alignment network.The Singapore Land Authority website stated that the current site of the Jurong Country Club (JCC) in Jurong East was chosen as the Singapore terminus of the HSR.
The terminus will take up about 12 hectares, or around 20% of the JCC site. The site will also be comprehensively redeveloped for new mixed use and community facilities to serve Jurong residents, HSR passengers and visitors. The Kuala Lumpur terminus will be in Bandar Malaysia. MyHSR Corp Sdn Bhd has envisioned the transit services could be in Seremban, Melaka, Muar, Batu Pahat and Nusajaya.
MyHSR Corp is responsible for the development and promotion of the HSR project. Nonetheless, the alignment of HSR network between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur is still under discussions. Some might have in mind to search for better jobs between the two countries possibly six years from now as the HSR is scheduled to be completed in 2022.
Malaysians working in Singapore might now have an alternative of not staying in Singapore or nearby Johor Baharu. They can stay a little bit further from Johor as both countries are looking at the possibility of two different services on the cross-border HSR network. Singapore has proposed that the transit service will stop at several stations in Malaysia.
It will primarily serve commuters travelling within Malaysia, be operated separately from the express non-stop HSR service. Malaysia will be given an autonomy over the transit service to serve its domestic needs while both countries work together on the cross-border HSR services. Afterall, the HSR is set to cut travelling time from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur to just 90 minutes.
Jurong East, meanwhile, is well-connected to the rest of Singapore with the Pan Island Expressway and the Ayer Rajah Expressway. It is served by two MRT stations — Jurong East and Chinese Garden. An update by the Malaysian Land Public Transport Commission places the commencement of HSR works to be in 2017.