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October 7, 2015

Singapore and Malaysia start market sensing exercise for HSR project

Singapore's Land Transport Authority (LTA), and Malaysia's Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) have issued a request for information (RFI) about the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur high-speed rail (HSR) project.

Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA), and Malaysia’s Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) have issued a request for information (RFI) about the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur high-speed rail (HSR) project.

Scheduled to be concluded by the end of the year, the joint RFI exercise will assess industry interest in the project, and collect opinions on commercial and technical aspects of the project.

The HSR project was launched in February 2013 by the prime ministers of the two countries to improve connectivity.

"We want to use this exercise to gauge market interest in the project and solicit views on different models and approaches."

Feedback received through the RFI would help to inform ongoing bilateral discussions and the future tendering process.

Malaysian minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Wahid Omar, and Singapore’s co-ordinating minister for Infrastructure and minister for transport Khaw Boon Wan said: "This market sounding exercise marks a major milestone in our HSR journey. It is important for us to be properly informed of the industry views.

"We want to use this exercise to gauge market interest in the project and solicit views on different models and approaches. The feedback is crucial in helping us refine and validate our options, which will in turn help ensure a successful tender process subsequently."

LTA noted that the companies or consortiums interested in the RFI exercise should write to LTA or SPAD by 16 October.

The selected parties will be notified by the governments of Malaysia and Singapore through an e-mail.

The 400km HSR project will have terminus stations at Jurong East in Singapore and Bandar Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.

Once operational in 2020, the HSR will reduce the journey time between the cities from six hours to around 90 minutes.

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