Malaysian company MyHSR has appointed US-based engineering services company CH2M as its technical advisor for the new cross-border Kuala Lumpur–Singapore High-Speed Rail (KL-SG HSR) project.
MyHSR has awarded the technical advisory services tender to CH2M after a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the project was signed between the Malaysian and Singaporean governments.
The KL-SG HSR line will serve as an alternative mode of public transport for travellers to commute between Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Singapore.
The new line, which will be built along a coastal route, will connect five cities in Malaysia to Singapore, offering a safe, efficient and optimal medium of transportation between the two Asian countries.
The KL-SG HSR project will also help reduce traffic congestion in the concerned areas.
MyHSR chief executive officer Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal said: “We have a challenging task ahead and with this appointment, we would be better equipped.
“We expect CH2M to bring its global expertise and its experience working on HSR projects for the KL-SG HSR.”
Under the deal, CH2M, in collaboration with its UK-based sub-consultant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), will help the Malaysian company to develop the KL-SG HSR project.
CH2M programme director Mark Loader said: “CH2M is an established member of the Malaysian engineering community, with a continued presence in Kuala Lumpur since the 1960s.
“We understand the challenges associated with delivering this nationally significant programme based on our depth of experience with High Speed I and II in the UK.
“Our team will bring a partnership approach to MyHSR, combining international rail expertise with our local understanding to provide the leadership and capabilities to ensure the project is delivered successfully.”
The collaboration will also be responsible for the planning and designing of the Malaysian section of the project, as well as assisting its project management aspects.
As a company wholly-owned by the Malaysian Ministry of Finance, MyHSR is responsible for the development as well as promotion of the KL-SG HSR project.