Everything you need to know for High Speed Rail Singapore 2019 Edition

Introduction

I think we can all agree that transport connectivity between Singapore and Malaysia has affected a lot of us. The highly anticipated high-speed rail from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur is set to be a game changer that will strengthen economic ties, improve connectivity and forge closer relations between citizens of the two countries.

The massive infrastructural project has a lot of aspects that most of us don’t know or understand. In this post, we will outline everything that you need a high-speed rail project and potential investment opportunities that will arise after the completion of the projects. Stay tuned!

Key details about the Singapore to Kuala Lumpur high-speed rail

Design Of High Speed Rail

Commencement date

Both the government of Singapore and Malaysia approved the project in 2013. Construction of Kuala Lumpur to Singapore train was slated to begin in 2017 and completed by 2026. The high-speed rail is set to be the first of its kind in South East Asia and one of the fastest point-to-point mode of public transport between two modern cities.

Stations

Excellent connectivity

The rail line will comprise of eight stations. Seven stations will be located in Malaysia; the one Singaporean stations will be located at Jurong East. The Jurong country club will be relocated to facilitate the construction of the two stations.

The planned seven stations in Malaysia will be Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat, Iskandar Puteri, and Jurong East. The train service will also include a non-stop service from Singapore to Malaysia which is scheduled to run four times an hour.

The track line

Jurong estate

The Kuala Lumpur to Singapore train will be new construction of brand-new lines with dedicated tracks with a double-track on the standard gauge that will be primarily powered by proven modern technologies. The train will run at powerful speeds of 300km/h with the journey taking about 90 minutes. On the same route, the transit service will take 120 minutes.

Three hundred thirty-five kilometers of the track line will be constructed in Malaysia while the remaining 15 kilometers will be set in Singapore. The entire project will be completed within a 7-year time frame, which includes a one-year tender and design stage and a 5-year construction phase.

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Three services with two separate operators

Shortening Travelling Time

The project will be an express service between two terminal stations: Bandar Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur and Jurong East in Singapore. There will also be a shuttle service connecting Iskandar Puteri in Johor and Singapore. In Malaysia, for excellent connectivity, there will be a domestic service linking the seven stations.

The services will be provided by two different operators, OpCo International, and OpCo Domestic. The shuttle and express services by OpCo International will comprise of the Kuala Lumpur to Singapore stations and the Iskandar Puteri and Singapore stations respectively. The domestic service in Malaysia will comprise of stations from Kuala Lumpur to Iskandar Puteri.

The inclusion of two different OpCos will enable the Singapore Kl high-speed rail to cater to the diverse needs and requirements of their passengers. It’s crucial worth noting that the express and shuttle services will be given scheduling and operational priority over the domestic service.

Singapore and Malaysia will be in charge of their station and infrastructure

SG MY

As per the agreement, The Malay and Singaporean government are solely responsible for the development, construction, and maintenance of the stations and civil infrastructure in their own countries.

In Malaysia, the projects will be undertaken by MyHSR Corporation while in Singapore its Land Transport Authority (LTA).

Bilateral committee

Singapore to Kuala Lumpur is headed by a bilateral committee that has complete oversight of all matters that affects the express and shuttle services. The project will also have a joint working-level who will spearhead co-ordination and joint engagement between the two countries.

Co-Located Ciq Concept

The two nations have agreed that Customs, Immigration & Quarantine (CIQ) facilities will be co-located at three locations – Kuala Lumpur, Iskandar Puteri, and Singapore. Only International-bound passengers will be required to go through CIQ clearance by both Singapore and Malaysia authorities only at the point of departure, ensuring fast and hassle-free travel.

Financing cost

The project is estimated to cost $11 billion. However, the funding of train from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur is yet to be agreed on. The cost will be distributed between the Malaysian and Singaporean government.

A bridge linking both Singapore and Malaysia

The 350 km Singapore Malaysia train will be connected via a bridge over the Strait of Johor that is 25m above water level.

Reduce congestion at causeway

Major players in the project

A new company known as MyHSR was founded to oversee the ownership and development of high-speed rail development. Within the Malay corridor, the principal policymaker and regulator for the co-ordination of the project is The Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat Land Public Transport Commission of Malaysia (SPAD).

For the Singaporean corridor, it is Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA)

Timeline estimation

After a change of power regime in Malaysia speculations have been rife about the cancellation of the whole project. But, after an extended period of speculation Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail has been postponed for another two years. The Malaysian government is set to pay S$15 million as abortive cost by the end of January for suspending the project.

If the project goes ahead the estimated time of completion will be 1st January 2031, four years later than the intended date. It was announced that there would be a fresh tendering process and implementation of additional technical works.

Singapore on its part as a sign of cooperation and goodwill has agreed to the suspension of high-speed rail project to May 31, 2020.

Expected benefits from the project

A lot of Malay citizens work in Singapore; the hsr Singapore rail link will shorten the travel time between Malaysia and Singapore.

Economists have predicted that the project will contribute approximately RM21 billion (S$6.7 billion) to the gross domestic product of both Malaysia and Singapore.

The train from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur will create 111,000 employment opportunities by 2060 improving the living standards of citizens from both countries.

The real truth about Singaporean high-speed rail of 2019

We are all in agreement that the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail (HSR) is set to revolutionize the transport sector of two of the biggest economies in South East Asia. The rail is set to be the final jig-saw that will propel both Singapore and Malaysia to the global stage.

Singaporean high speed rail of

The main aim of this article is to inform readers about all that there is to know about this massive infrastructural project that is set to change the public transportation landscape of Singapore and Malaysia forever.

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Project background

Malaysia

The Malaysian government set out a development agenda to elevate the country into developed-nation status by 2020 under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) in 2010. It identified The Southern Corridor high-speed rail project that will have a higher impact and stimulate the economy.

The main route between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore is served by three primary modes of transport air, road and rail network. With increased passenger traffic growth of the rail network of 7.45 passengers per kilometer, both governments saw the need to improve the connectivity between the two countries as the current passenger traffic exceeds the transportation capacity.

What does the project entail?

High Speed Rail Terminal in Jurong East

Artistic impression of High-Speed Rail Terminal in Jurong East

With a distance of 350 kilometers, the Kuala Lumpur to Singapore train will have eight stops. Seven of which will be in Malaysia and the remaining one in Singapore. The high-speed rail will have terminus station planned for Singapore’s Jurong East and Kuala Lumpur’s Bandar Malaysia.

The hsr rail link will comprise of an express service from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore that will ferry plenty of Malaysian workers who work in Singapore. The HSR will have domestic shuttle services plying from Iskandar Puteri to Jurong East and Kuala Lumpur to Iskandar Puteri.

Along the three significant stations namely Bandar Malaysia, Iskandar Puteri and Jurong East will have customs and immigration offices would clear both passengers and cargo before you board the train and travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Authorities in Singapore have acquired Jurong Country Club and Raffles Country Club that will house Singapore KL high-speed rail terminus.

How did the project come to fruition?

The proposed 350km rail link is aimed at shortening the traveling time between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur to just around 90 minutes by train as opposed to the current 11 hours taken on existing rail services.

Leaders of the two countries unveiled the project at a leaders’ retreat in February 2013. Legally binding bilateral agreements were signed in 2016 opening the path for its implementation.

What is the cost of construction?

The construction of the train from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur will cost an estimated RM70 billion (around US$16 billion). Both Singapore and Malaysia will finance the project as per the agreement.

 

Design of the High-Speed Rail

Design Of High Speed Rail

Each concept designs will represent the nation’s identity, culture, and heritage while at the same time having a futuristic and modern architectural design. The concept designs for each station are:

  • Iskandar Puteri- a stylish representation of a handshake symbolizing the region as a hub for international and commercial encounters
  • Bandar Malaysia- a visual convergence of Gombak and Klang River expressing unity and wisdom of the natives
  • Batu Pahat- Derives its inspiration from “kuda kepang” a horse-like piece used in traditional dance amongst the Johor people representing a perfect balance between modernization and culture
  • Bangi-Putrajaya- Islamic architecture is the main focal point of the station envisioning the country’s ambitions as a progressive nation.
  • Muar- It draws inspiration from “rehal,” a traditional place where students can learn and recite Quran depicting the importance of learning.
  • Seremban- The station will interpret the local architecture
  • Ayer Keroh- It will be designed with a merchant ship at its main image symbolizing the entrepreneurial spirit of the locals and depicting the history of the trading port.

Reasons as to why Malaysia indicated it would pull out

After the inception of the new government, the Malay prime minister said the project was not beneficial to his country. The project would cost Malaysia RM110 billion (US$28 billion) affecting the economic viability of the project.

Negotiations took place between the two countries, and it was agreed that Singapore to Kuala Lumpur is put on hold.

What does the rail link mean for ASEAN? 

Improve collaboration amongst countries

The rail project is a massive milestone in improving relations between Singapore and Malaysia. It will open up plenty of opportunities for the government and business sector between the two countries.

The high-speed rail link will improve ease of doing business and promote inclusiveness and competition amongst the two countries.

Rejuvenate economic growth

A sustainable infrastructural project is widely known to have positive effects on the economy. HSR Singapore is set to create thousands of jobs and grow GDP over time. This growth will affect indirectly other sectors of the economy such as construction, logistics, and tourism improving economic activity and living standards of its citizens.

Restructuring market capitalism

Singapore to Kuala Lumpur rail link will provide a new platform where people and business between the two countries can engage in. This will spur innovation and invention in operating models increasing productivity and cost-effectiveness in ways of conducting business boosting revenue generation and maximize output.

Bring people closer together

In the modern technological world, the meaning of real human connection has been challenged; the high-speed rail service will improve human relations and contact between citizens of the two countries bringing them closer together.

Reduce congestion

The Kuala Lumpur to Singapore train will reduce congestion in Changi Airport Singapore, opening up new opportunities for growth at the aviation hub. According to recent surveys, Changi Airport is becoming increasingly congested with scheduled flights between Changi Airport to Kuala Lumpur taking off every 20 minutes, from 6 am to 10 pm.

The high-speed rail service will significantly reduce the number of flights freeing up terminal space and runway attracting new routes and airlines. However, once operational the high-speed rail service will adversely affect Low-Cost Carriers (LCCs), and it remains to be seen if the carriers will continue being profitable.

 

Compelling reasons why you should invest in Westside Properties this 2019

It a well-known fact that after the completion of Singapore to Kuala Lumpur high-speed rail there will be plenty of investment opportunities on the West side of the Island. The rail link is set to be the final piece of the puzzle that will impact the economies of the two countries and the region of South East Asia.

In this post, we are going to delve deeper outlining reasons why the west side is a viable investment opportunity that will garner huge returns from initial investment. Property owners, investors and developers are set to make a ‘killing.’ Don’t go away!

The growth of the commercial sector

The Singapore HSR will attract business and industrial sectors to set-up shop in locations closer to the train routes, Johor is set to be a vibrant mixed-commercial development. It will spur the development growth of the area as well as the property sector. Future commercial development will increase prices of residential properties improving the potential of high capital growth and rental yield.

Wider tenant pool

The Kuala Lumpur to Singapore train project will create plenty of job opportunities to both locals and foreigners. A lot of Malaysian who work in Singapore will have a chance to fully settle on West side of Singapore many people (especially low-income professionals) working in Singapore will prefer to live in the less expensive apartments due to the convenient transport network.

International investors setting up shop in Johor will increase the demand for safe and luxurious housing. Properties on the west side are set to reap huge benefits from high rental yields and occupancy rates due to readily available market.

The rise in property value of land

Singapore is a tiny country with a size of approximately 718.3 square kilometers; the land is a very scarce and precious commodity. The Singapore-Kuala Lumpur HSR will exponentially increase the value of land in the regions along the rail route. Property developers and investors are set to benefit from the increased demand for ownership and land in Johor. Property prices are set to remain high.

Excellent connectivity

The train from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur is set to revolutionize the public transport system. It will improve accessibility and shorten the travel time between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Convenience and ease of movement is the main drawing factor for most property seekers.

The Malaysia hsr will improve access as well as providing direct access to both Malaysia and Singapore attracting property seekers to the west side of Singapore due to enhanced connectivity and hassle-free movement.

The second CBD

The government masterplan to transform the Jurong area into one of the largest commercial and regional center outside Singapore’s central business district (CBD). The area will be an industrial hub with industrial sectors such as technology, infrastructural development and maritime to mention a few.

Jurong area will be a main hsr transit point enhancing access to a diversified pool of talent and broader investment opportunities to both local and foreign investors looking to tap into the vibrant local market.

Tourist attraction

Both Malaysia and Singapore are tourist destination hotspots, the expansion of the Kuala Lumpur to Singapore train will boost tourism sector especially both local and international tourism. Plenty of tourism havens will be established along the rail link lines generating more business which will stimulate the growth and development of the property and construction sector, especially rental condominium category.

The west side of Singapore has a lot of luxurious condominium located all over, the developments are strategically located to reap huge benefits from the construction of Singapore to Kuala Lumpur RTS, but none is set to benefit more than Whistler Grand Condo.

Everything you need to know about Whistler Grand condo

Wilshire Grand is a stunning condominium development located at West Coast Vale Singapore in District 5. The condo is situated just at the outskirts of Jurong Lake District positioning it closer to the Singapore KL hsr.

Whistler grand developer is well-known, and respected CDL Pegasus Pte Ltd so expect nothing but elegance and perfection. The condominium development is set to be two blocks, 36 storey comprising of 716 exclusive residential units spanning over a site area of more than 210,883 sq.ft.

The property comes with a 99-year leasehold tenure complete with lush surroundings and resort-like facilities that will cater to every need and requirement of future residents. The towering structure has stunning and amazing views of Bukit Timah hills and cityscape that will take your breath away! The residential units will have unobstructed orientations such that residents may hear whistling wind especially at the sky garden level hence its name Whistler Grand

Analysts have predicted the selling price of the condo will range between SGD$1,450- $1550, quite affordable with its prestigious location and privacy. The project time of completion is yet to be assigned.

Why you should seriously consider Whistler Grand Condo

West Coast Vale is an upcoming private residential area with the massive potential of being a destination ‘hotspot’ area. The locale has a serene and tranquil environment that future residents of a Whistler Grand Condo will enjoy. The condo is the perfect place to call home for you and your family.

Here are some of the TOP reasons that make Whistler Grand stand out

Well-connected

Connectivity is one of the first things that comes to mind when looking for a home. With Whistler Grand Condo you will experience transportation at its best. The condo is nearby Ayer Rajah Expressway and West Coast Highway providing quick and direct access to other parts of the city.

It’s also a walking distance from MRT stations and bus stop providing residents with alternative forms of transport.

Attractive pricing

Even though West Coast Vale has exceptional facilities, Whistler Grand prices are surprisingly low making it affordable for the ordinary citizen. The condo is an affordable place to live in with an affordable price tag. Whistler Grand is the best option compared to other nearby property developments.

World-class schools

An area is incomplete without educational institutions; Whistler Grand is close to prestigious and reputable schools right from Kindergarten to Tertiary level

Convenience everywhere

Every need of future resident will be fully catered for; everything is right at your doorstep. The condo is close to shopping centers, mall, and top eateries and restaurants. Whistler Grand Condo offers a wholesome lifestyle.

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