Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Singapore to JB MRT by 2024

Updated 17 Oct 2017: PM Najib unveils concept designs for KL-Singapore High-Speed Rail stations
The concept design for Bandar Malaysia station along the KL-Singapore HSR. (Foto: MyHSR) 


The concept design for Malacca station along the KL-Singapore HSR. (Foto: MyHSR) 


The concept design for Muar station along the KL-Singapore HSR. (Foto: MyHSR)

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday (Oct 17) unveiled the concept designs for the 7 new stations along the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) in Malaysia.

He said the designs are a strong reflection of Malaysia's identity & heritage, while remaining modern & futuristic.

For instance, the design of the Bandar Malaysia terminus in Kuala Lumpur is a re-interpretation of the confluence of Klang & Gombak rivers.

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SMRT, Prasarana sign MOU to form joint venture company for JB-Singapore RTS Link

Singapore public transport operator SMRT & Malaysia rail operator Prasarana on Monday (Sep 25) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to form a joint venture company for the Johor Baru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link.

In a media release, SMRT said the firm, which will be the RTS Link's operating company, will be expected to design, build, finance & operate RTS Link operating assets such as trains, tracks and systems. It will also be responsible for maintaining and renewing the assets.

The MOU was signed by SMRT president & group chief executive officer Desmond Kuek, as well as Prasarana president and group CEO Azmi Abdul Aziz at Prasarana's corporate headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

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Singapore - Johor Baru MRT to run in 2024

A cross-border rail link that will connect Singapore & Johor Baru in Malaysia is slated to begin passenger services by the end of 2024, ministers from the 2 countries announced on Monday (Jul 31).

Singapore rail company SMRT & Malaysia’s metro operator Prasarana Malaysia will be exploring a joint venture to be the operating company to help design, build, finance & operate the trains, tracks and systems for the Johor Bahru - Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link.

The details were disclosed on Monday during the 13th meeting of the Malaysia-Singapore Joint Ministerial Committee for Iskandar Malaysia (JMCIM), held in Iskandar Puteri, Johor Baru. The committee was set up in 2007 as a collaboration between the 2 countries.

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Singapore - JB MRT to start by end-2024
Singapore-JB MRT to start by end-2024
(From left) Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong, Malaysia's Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan, Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure Khaw Boon Wan and Johor Menteri Besar Khaled Nordin. FOTO: THE STRAITS TIMES

Passengers will be able to hop on an MRT train in Woodlands to cross the border to Johor Baru by Dec 31, 2024.

The Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link can carry up to 10,000 passengers an hour in each direction between Johor's Bukit Chagar terminus station & the Singapore terminus in Woodlands North, where it will join the upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line.

It is slated to improve connectivity & reduce congestion at border crossings between the two countries when completed.

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Singapore to Johor Baru MRT service to start by end-2024
Malaysia's Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan with Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure Khaw Boon Wan, who is also Transport Minister, enjoying durian during a tea break at Afiniti Medini, after a site visit to the mixed-use development. ST FOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

Passengers will be able to hop on an MRT train in Woodlands to cross the border to Johor Baru by Dec 31, 2024.

The Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link can carry up to 10,000 passengers an hour in each direction between Johor's Bukit Chagar terminus station & the Singapore terminus in Woodlands North, where it will join the upcoming Thomson- East Coast Line (TEL).

It is slated to improve connectivity & reduce congestion at border crossings between Singapore & Malaysia when completed.

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Singapore - JB Rapid Transit System to make impact on Johor real estate: Analysts

Investor interest in Johor Baru properties will likely pickup with recent news that Singapore & Malaysia are expected to ink a bilateral agreement for the Rapid Transit System (RTS) next year, analysts told Channel NewsAsia.

The system promises an easier time crossing borders, & will link up with the Thomson-East Coast rail network in Singapore. Analysts, however, said it is important for investors to do their homework, before buying a stake in Johor's developments.

Mr Peter Ezekiel travels across the causeway daily for work. The 46-yr-old lawyer decided to rent a house in Johor Bahru while waiting for his new flat in Singapore to be ready as the former option is cheaper.

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Update 20 Sep 2017: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang hopes for Singapore support in high-speed railway: Xinhua
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left) speaks with PM Lee Hsien Loong during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on Sept 19, 2017. FOTO: AFP

China hopes that Singapore will support Chinese enterprises that wish to participate in the Singapore-Malaysia high-speed railway project, Premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday (Sep 19), according to state news agency Xinhua.

"China has cutting-edge, safe & reliable, cost-effective high-speed railway technology," Premier Li said during his talks with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Xinhua reported. PM Lee is on an official visit to China from Sep 19 to 21.


Singapore & Malaysia are building the 350km high-speed rail linking Singapore & Kuala Lumpur. Targeted to be operational by end-2026, the railway line will cut travel time between the 2 cities to 90 minutes.

related: China's rail ambitions run at full speed

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Premier Li hopes for Singapore support in high-speed railway

China hopes Singapore will support Chinese enterprises who wish to participate in the Singapore-Malaysia high-speed railway project, Premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday.

"China has cutting-edge, safe and reliable, cost-effective high-speed railway technology," Li said in his talks with visiting Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to build a 360-km high-speed rail link between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, which is expected to start operation by December 2026 and cut travel time to about 90 minutes. Singapore welcomes Chinese businesses to the project, Lee said.

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang hopes for Singapore support in high-speed railway: Xinhua

During his meeting with Mr Li, Mr Lee said that Singapore welcomes Chinese businesses to the project. In an interview with Xinhuanet, Xinhua’s official website, last Saturday, Mr Lee said: “We hope to receive China’s proposals.”

“I think China’s bid will be a high quality one,” he added,  noting that the joint railway project is “very significant” for Singapore and Malaysia. He said China has advanced technology and rich experience in high speed railway construction and operation, boasting a domestic network of tens of thousands kilometers in length.

The Singaporean prime minister praised China’s high speed railway service for providing passengers with convenience and comfort. “Very convenient, smooth and comfortable,” Mr Lee recalled his previous experiences of taking high speed trains in China.

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