Tenders for the high-speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore will be received towards the end of 2014, Mr Mohd Nur Kamal, the CEO of Malaysia's Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has announced. The project was officially launched in February 2013 and, although the two governments continue to work on technical details and feasibility studies, various parties have already voiced an interest.
The railway, which will connect the two nations at speeds exceeding 300 km/h, will reduce the journey time between the capitals from 6 hours to a mere 90 minutes. The entire 330 km project is set to be completed by 2020 at a cost in the region of RM40bn ($12.5 bn).
The Singaporean and Malaysian governments hope that the new rail link will ease offer passengers much-needed modernisation, turn local airports into vital transport hubs, invigorate manufacturing and boost tourism and house prices.
Mr. Mohd Nur Kamal, CEO of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) Malaysian Government, will be a VIP guest at International Rail Infrastructure and Technology Summit (IRITS) 2013. Mr Kamal will take part in business meetings with participating technology solution providers as well as in networking functions during the summit, which takes place in Berlin on 6-8 November 2013. For further information, visit www.irits.org.