High Speed Rail Planned Between Malaysia and Singapore

Officials in Malaysia and Singapore have high hopes for the high speed rail link planned between the two countries.

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June 28, 2011, 5:00 AM PDT

By Nate Berg


"It was reported at the Conference of Mayors that the benefits of travelling between 110 mph and 220 mph will mean better connectivity, shorter travel times and new development around train stations. The changes will create 150,000 new jobs and some US$19bil in new businesses by 2035. The rail network is also expected to spur tourism, give businesses a wider pool of workers to choose from and help grow technology clusters in cities.

Similar to experiences in other countries, in Malaysia, HSR will also generate substantial economic benefit to both countries, particularly Kuala Lumpur City Centre and the Iskandar region. The availability of HSR will shorten the distance between Malaysia and Singapore in terms of travelling time, hence attracting a larger pool of market catchment to stay in Malaysia and work in Singapore or vice versa."

Rail travel times would be cut from about 7 hours to 90 minutes.

Thanks to The Overhead Wire

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