Malaysia: Ambitious infrastructure improves connectivity
The proposed high-speed railway linking Singapore and Kuala Lumpur is the first of its kind in South East Asia and dubbed the most ambitious infrastructure project in the region. The project was conceived in order to improve connectivity between the two cities, and to ease the current congestion on the two existing link bridges between Singapore and Malaysia.
Envisioned as a safe and efficient mode of transportation, the railway is further hoped to be a catalyst, as well as the terminus in the western part of Singapore, where development is taking place to build a new commercial centre to complement the existing one in central Singapore.
Currently, travel time between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur is about 5.5 hours by land and 45 minutes by air. Expected actual travel time, using the railway is 90 minutes.
The railway, with an estimated distance end to end of approximately 340 kilometres and costing sGD14.8 billion, is expected to be completed in 2022. The two countries are currently ironing out the legal, financial and security aspects of the project and are expected to finalise the agreement for construction of the railway by the end of 2015.