Great news for those who frequent Malaysia! As many of us have heard, there will be an all-new high-speed rail (HSR) line from KL to Singapore. Operations are expected to start around 2026, and this news has been confirmed by the signing of MoU yesterday after years of talking about it. Here’s everything you need to know about the HSR and how it’s finally possible.
Traveling to and fro Malaysia will be made easier
Many of us Singaporeans love to visit Malaysia, either for food and entertainment or simply to visit some distant relatives. Traveling to Malaysia will be made more convenient by the HSR, in addition to the recently started shuttle bus from Singapore to JB. Travel time to KL via the HSR will be approximately a whopping 90 minutes!
8 train stops and top speed of 300km/h
The two terminus will be at Jurong East (Singapore) and KL (Malaysia). There will be a total of 8 stops; starting with Singapore, Iskandar Puteri, Batu Pahat, Muar, Ayer Keroh, Seremban, Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur respectively. HSR trains will operate both ways, and the traveling time between Singapore to JB (Iskandar Puteri) will only take 10 to 15 minutes. The top speed is expected to reach 300km/h, so you can think of your ride as a mini-bullet train experience if you haven’t manage to take one!
Both Singapore and Malaysia will be developing and constructing HSR
Land Transport Authority (LTA) will be taking charge from Singapore’s end, unlike the speculated rumors that said SMRT would be responsible for HSR. MyHSR Corporation will be in-charge from Malaysia’s end and both Singapore and Malaysia will be maintaining civil infrastructure and stations within their own countries. The two operating companies, OpCo International and OpCo Domestic will be handling Kuala Lumpur and Singapore stations while the third domestic operator will handle stations within JB to KL.
There might be co-locating of CIQ checkpoints
Plans of co-locating the checkpoints have been going on to promote a hassle-free travel. This meant that commuters might be able to clear Singapore immigrations and Malaysian immigrations before boarding the train.
HSR trains will be 10 cars long, fitting 100 per car
That means each train can take around 1000 passengers!
Top Image: http://highspeedrail.my/
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