Jurong Country Club as KL-Singapore HSR Terminus in Singapore and expected ticket price

Jurong Country Club (JCC) in Jurong East selected as KL-Singapore HSR Terminus in Singapore

The Singapore Government announced today that the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) terminus will be located at the current site of Jurong Country Club in Jurong East.

The terminus will take up about 12 hectares, or about 20 per cent of the Jurong Country Club site. Jurong Country Club has total land area of 67 hectares.

In a joint statement issued by the Land Transport Authority (LTS) and Singapore Land Authority and Urban Redevelopment Authority, the site will also be comprehensively re-developed for new mixed-use developments including offices, retails, hotels, shops and community facilities to serve Jurong residents, HSR passengers and visitors.

At the 6th Singapore-Malaysia Leaders’ Retreat on May 5, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that the HSR terminus in Singapore would be located in Jurong East.

This is in line with the Government’s vision to develop Jurong into a second Central Business District and as a new gateway to Singapore.

The Jurong Country Club site is ideal due to its high connectivity, with close proximity to the existing two MRT lines (East-West and North-South Lines) at Jurong East MRT station, new MRT lines (the Jurong Region Line and Cross Island Line) being planned around the area, as well as the future integrated transport hub in Jurong East.

The terminus will also be located close to Jurong Gateway, which is already shaping up well as a vibrant mixed-use precinct.

Hence, the terminus location is compatible with the surrounding land uses, and well-supported by infrastructure and amenities.

Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail Ticket Price

Users of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail can expect to pay around S$90 (RM240) each way once the line connecting the Malaysian capital to the republic is complete, according to estimates from transportation experts.

Polled by The Straits Times in Singapore, they suggested that KL-Singapore HSR expected ticket price could be between S$80 and S$90 in each direction, and said it was unlikely that prices will be low enough that the average office worker could expect to afford a daily commute between both destinations.

“I have great difficulty believing that the price of a ticket will be at a rate that regular workers can afford for daily commute,” Nanyang Technological University transport economist Walter Theseira told the Singaporean newspaper.

Theseira cited as example the 345-km Taipei-Kaohsiung high-speed rail line — of comparable distance to the KL-Singapore HSR link — which charges NT$1,630 (RM190) per trip as a likely benchmark for ticket prices.

Another analyst, National University of Singapore transport expert Lee Der Horng also predicted a low capacity for the high speed rail line, expecting it to be able to carry no more than 80 people in its 12-carriage trains.

Industry observers told the ST that the high speed rail link may also use budget plane tickets as a yardstick for its own prices, and is likely to adopt the fluctuating price model used by airlines that change according to low and peak periods.

The rail line is likely to boost tourism between the neighbours — Singapore is already Malaysia’s biggest source of tourist arrivals — as Ngee Ann Polytechnic tourism lecturer Michael Chiam said it will encourage more day trippers.

Malaysia and Singapore agreed to the high speed rail link between the two capitals following a retreat between Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his Singaporean counterpart, Lee Hsien Loong, in 2013.

The planned high-speed rail link is expected to cover 300 kilometres between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, and cut travel time to just 90 minutes.

It was initially expected to be completed by 2020, but both countries have since said that the deadline must be “reassessed”; industry experts expect that it will take another two years from the original date before the line is operational.

Seven stops have been identified in Malaysia, namely Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keruh, Batu Pahat, Muar and Nusajaya.

The project’s actual cost has not been announced, but reports have placed it as possibly ranging from US$8 billion to US$ 24 billion (RM24 billion to RM72 billion).

Japan has been actively lobbying to be a partner in the Malaysia-Singapore high-speed rail project, but other countries such as China and South Korea are said to have approached Malaysia as well.

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Singapore’s High Speed Rail terminus will be located at Jurong East

SINGAPORE: The Republic’s terminus for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail will be located at Jurong East.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced this on Tuesday (May 5) after the Leaders’ Retreat with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak.

Jurong East was chosen as it dovetails with Singapore’s overall plans to transform the area into a second Central Business District, according to a statement.

Malaysia had earlier identified five terminus stations: Kuala Lumpur (at Bandar Malaysia), Seremban, Melaka, Muar, Batu Pahat, Nusajaya and the final stop in Singapore.

In a joint statement, both leaders noted “steady progress” on the High Speed Rail project and that agreements have been reached on the dual co-located Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) configuration, the frequency bands to be reserved for High Speed Rail operations, as well as on locating the depot and stabling facilities in Malaysia.

The High Speed Rail project, which was agreed upon in 2013, has been described by both leaders as a “game changer”. It aims to cut down on travel time between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to just 90 minutes.

The Prime Ministers also noted that the initial target of completion of the project – which was the year 2020 – needs to be re-assessed due to the scale and complexity of the project. No new time frame has been provided.

Both leaders said they hope to come to an agreement on the new date by the end of the year, and will give an updated timeline on when the trains will start running then. Mr Najib pointed out that construction will take five years, on top of one year for designing the project, and one year for the tender process.

Both Malaysia and Singapore have been in active discussion on the technical, operational, security and other aspects of the High Speed Rail. Both leaders reaffirmed that both countries are fully committed to the success of the project. They look forward to “further progress on this game-changing iconic project, which will boost connectivity, facilitate travel between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, enhance business linkages, and improve people-to-people ties”, the leaders said in the joint statement.

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-s-high-speed/1826070.html

PM Lee, Najib ‘satisfied’ at progress made since last Leaders’ Retreat

SINGAPORE: Leaders of Singapore and Malaysia met over Monday (May 4) and Tuesday at the Annual Singapore-Malaysia Leaders’ Retreat, which aims to drive relations forward as well as to explore new areas of cooperation. Both noted steady progress on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail project, and Prime Minister Lee announced that the Singapore terminus will be in Jurong East.

Mr Lee and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak also hailed progress on several other fronts. Their joint statement is reproduced in full:

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak met in Singapore on 5 May 2015 for the 6th Singapore-Malaysia Leaders’ Retreat. The Leaders expressed satisfaction at the progress made in bilateral relations since the Leaders’ Retreat in Putrajaya, Malaysia on 7 April 2014, and reaffirmed their commitment to a stronger and mutually beneficial partnership between the two countries.

On behalf of the people and the Government of Malaysia, Prime Minister Najib expressed his deepest sympathies on the demise of the late Mr. Lee Kuan Yew on 23 March 2015. Prime Minister Lee conveyed the appreciation of his family, the Government and the people of Singapore for their condolences on the passing of Mr. Lee.

Prime Minister Lee congratulated Prime Minister Najib for Malaysia’s successful hosting of the 26th ASEAN Summit in April 2015, and expressed Singapore’s continued support for Malaysia’s Chairmanship of ASEAN. The Leaders reaffirmed the importance of ASEAN in maintaining regional stability and promoting closer economic integration. The Leaders looked forward to the historic establishment of the ASEAN Community at the end of 2015.

The Leaders noted the steady progress on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project. The Leaders noted that agreements have been reached on the dual co-located Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) configuration, the frequency bands to be reserved for HSR operations, as well as locating the depot and stabling facilities in Malaysia. Prime Minister Lee was pleased to announce that the Singapore HSR terminus will be sited at Jurong East, which dovetails with Singapore’s overall plans to transform the area into its second Central Business District.

The two Prime Ministers further noted that since the HSR is the first of its kind in the region, the project has received great attention, both domestically and internationally, with many countries offering to share their experience and expertise for the project. The Leaders noted that the initial target of 2020 may need to be re-assessed given the scale and complexity of the project, but reaffirmed that both countries are fully committed to the success of the project. Both Leaders were encouraged by the support and attention from the global community, and looked forward to further progress on this game-changing iconic project, which will boost connectivity, facilitate travel between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, enhance business linkages, and improve people-to-people ties.

The Leaders reaffirmed the strategic importance of Iskandar Malaysia for both countries and welcomed the progress made by the Work Groups under the Joint Ministerial Committee for Iskandar Malaysia (JMC). The Leaders took note of the decision by the JMC to conduct a study on Causeway congestion with a view to exploring measures to further enhance connectivity between the two countries. Both Leaders commended the efforts by the Immigration Work Group of the JMC to reduce congestion at the Causeway and the Singapore-Malaysia Second Link while taking security requirements into account. Both countries have committed to reducing congestion and have taken steps to achieve this. Singapore is automating all motorcycle counters at the Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints by the end of 2016, compared to about a quarter currently. Automated counters at the Singapore checkpoint will speed up motorcycle immigration clearance by up to 30% and help reduce congestion for all checkpoint users. Malaysia also has plans to introduce automated motorcycle counters. Malaysia is studying the introduction of RFID stickers in passports for Malaysian motorcyclists to allow for faster self-clearance at the Causeway as part of its Automated Clearance for Malaysian Citizens Motorcyclist initiative.

Both sides are also working towards increasing daily laden train services between Johor Bahru and Woodlands Train Checkpoint. In addition, Singapore is also developing a BioScreen project to capture and tag biometric identifiers of visitors to facilitate immigration clearance at the Singapore checkpoints. Both Leaders also welcomed the signing of the Supplemental Agreement to the Agreement for the Construction and Operation of a Ferry Terminal and the Operation of a Ferry Service between Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore.

Both Leaders stressed the importance of strengthening bilateral economic cooperation, and discussed the opportunities and challenges in business and industrial cooperation, noting the good progress made by the Industrial Cooperation Work Group (ICWG) under the JMC. The Leaders affirmed the benefits to Iskandar Malaysia from cooperation in manufacturing and other industrial activities, and looked forward to the holistic and comprehensive development of Iskandar Malaysia by leveraging on the complementarities between Iskandar Malaysia and Singapore. The Leaders called on the ICWG to continue its efforts to strengthen the Singapore-Malaysia ecosystem through approaching companies with synergistic investment linkages across both countries, particularly in advanced materials engineering, electronics, creative services, and food industries. The Leaders agreed to work together to realise the full implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) measures before the end of the year and to further deepen economic integration beyond 2015.

Recalling the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) for Defence Cooperation between the Singapore and Malaysia Defence Ministries in March 2015, both Leaders reaffirmed the importance of bilateral security ties and noted with satisfaction the close cooperation between both militaries. The Leaders welcomed the agreement between the Defence Ministers to intensify cooperation and exchanges between the two defence establishments in order to address common defence concerns within their jurisdictions.

The Leaders also noted with satisfaction the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Cooperation in Developing Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Capabilities between the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and Malaysian National Security Council (NSC). The MOU will further strengthen and promote cooperation between the two agencies on training, the development of Standard Operating Procedures and doctrines for USAR operations, and the sharing of information pertaining to USAR and disaster management.

Recognising the importance of a skilled labour force to ensure the enhancement of socio-economic development, the Leaders encouraged discussions between both countries on possible partnerships to promote Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). The Leaders noted the Agreement on Terms of Collaboration entered between the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Malaysia and ITE Education Services Pte Ltd, Singapore (ITEES) on 13 November 2014 which seeks to develop a core group of trained TVET leaders and trainers for the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Malaysia and to enhance the TVET capability of the Youth Skills Institutes under the Ministry. The Leaders also noted that ITEES is currently engaging the Malaysian Ministry of Education on similar collaborations.

The Leaders noted the good progress made in tourism collaboration, and welcomed the on-going discussions on the Sematan Riveria cruise project between the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise and the Sarawak State Government.

Both Leaders reaffirmed the importance of implementing the necessary measures, including the timely completion of the Johor River Barrage, to ensure reliable water supply from the Johor River as provided under the 1962 Water Agreement. The Prime Ministers also expressed their appreciation to both the Singapore and Johor water authorities for their ongoing cooperation and encouraged both water authorities to continue their excellent working relationship.

The Leaders welcomed the close and continuous inter-agency cooperation on environmental issues with transboundary implications and navigational issues through platforms such as the Malaysia-Singapore Annual Exchange of Visits, Malaysia-Singapore Joint Committee on the Environment and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore-Johor Port Authority Operational Meeting. The Leaders emphasised the importance of adopting best practices for addressing areas of concern, including the implementation of mitigation measures, where appropriate and in accordance with international law.

Both Leaders acknowledged that transboundary haze pollution continues to be a recurring problem in the region. As both Malaysia and Singapore are equally affected, the Leaders reaffirmed the commitment of both countries to cooperate as close partners and as fellow ASEAN members to take decisive actions to resolve the problem, such as through appropriate information sharing to address mutual concerns for the benefit of both countries, taking actions on the prevention and early suppression of land and forest fires and the strengthening of the implementation of the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution.

Both Leaders reaffirmed the importance of deepening the cultural bonds between the two peoples. They welcomed collaborative initiatives in the field of arts and culture between both countries such as discussions on the arrangements between the two countries relating to the loan of artworks through the National Gallery Singapore and the National Visual Arts Gallery of Malaysia. The Leaders also looked forward to the Titian Budaya Singapore-Malaysia Cultural Showcase, which will be held in Kuala Lumpur in 2015 to mark fifty years of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Malaysia.

The Leaders agreed to hold the next Retreat in 2016 in Malaysia.

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/pm-lee-najib-satisfied-at/1826794.html

– CNA/dl