Malaysia government to speed up KL-Singapore rail system

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high-speed-railThe Malaysian government is looking to expedite the planned high-speed rail system between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and plans to complete Phase 2A of the feasibility study this year in accordance with the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley National Key Economic Area (NKEA), The Star reported.

However, the main challenge to this initiative, which has been described as a “game changer” that will catalyse economic growth between the two economic hubs, has been in managing public perception and expectations on the HSR project.

As such, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) will continue to engage with consultants and subject matter experts in reviewing case studies and the experience of other countries with operational high-speed rail networks.

According to the 2013 Economic Transformation Programme annual report, this will help SPAD promote the benefits of the project to Malaysians. It said critical targets set under the high-speed rail project were to complete a detailed environmental impact assessment study and a social impact assessment along the proposed alignment.

The report said the completion of Phase 2A this year included doing government-to-government engagement and agreement with Singapore, technical surveys, socio-economic analysis on the five stations, environmental analysis along the track alignment and setting up a dedicated team.

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The Malaysian government is looking to expedite the planned high-speed rail system between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and plans to complete Phase 2A of the feasibility study this year in accordance with the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley National Key Economic Area (NKEA), The Star reported.

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high-speed-railThe Malaysian government is looking to expedite the planned high-speed rail system between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and plans to complete Phase 2A of the feasibility study this year in accordance with the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley National Key Economic Area (NKEA), The Star reported.

However, the main challenge to this initiative, which has been described as a “game changer” that will catalyse economic growth between the two economic hubs, has been in managing public perception and expectations on the HSR project.

As such, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) will continue to engage with consultants and subject matter experts in reviewing case studies and the experience of other countries with operational high-speed rail networks.

According to the 2013 Economic Transformation Programme annual report, this will help SPAD promote the benefits of the project to Malaysians. It said critical targets set under the high-speed rail project were to complete a detailed environmental impact assessment study and a social impact assessment along the proposed alignment.

The report said the completion of Phase 2A this year included doing government-to-government engagement and agreement with Singapore, technical surveys, socio-economic analysis on the five stations, environmental analysis along the track alignment and setting up a dedicated team.

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