The proposed high-speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, expected to be operational by 2020, is likely to end at the Jurong Lake area, reported The Straits Times.
This terminal in Singapore is further backed by a proposed alignment map (see above) released at the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) website last week.
It isn’t clear yet how the rail link will cross the Tebrau Strait but chances are that it will entail a new dedicated bridge beside or near the Second Link bridge at Nusajaya, based on SPAD’s map. It could even pass through Puteri Harbour, as land separation at that point is barely 700m and the water is quite shallow.
Singapore already has plans to make Jurong a new lifestyle hub akin to its Marina area, reported The Straits Times, with existing Japanese Garden, Chinese Garden and Jurong Lake Park to anchor plans for lakeside and parkside residential developments there.
Meanwhile, SPAD said the high-speed rail will will connect five cities in Malaysia to Singapore, following a coastal route, but didn’t specify which will be the stops in-between – though previous reports have indicated that Seremban, Ayer Keroh (Malacca), Muar, Batu Pahat and Nusajaya are likely.
Stating that actual travel time could be about 90 minutes, with another hour to be factored in for waiting and immigration processing, SPAD said the new rail link offers an opportunity to open up and rejuvenate smaller cities in Peninsular Malaysia by connecting them to the two major metropolises.
HSR-travel“There is a need to improve connectivity between the two countries, as currently traffic congestion is acute and far exceeds the capacity of the Causeway, with the current infrastructure provisions.
“At present, the demands on the Causeway exceed capacity by 33%. Traffic will continue to grow at a rate comparable to GDP growth of Malaysia-Singapore, at an average 3-5%.
“Over the longer term, growth rates are expected to taper off, in line with expectations for a maturing market, with an average growth of 3.2% per year from 2011-2060, with a market of 251 million passenger trips by 2060,” SPAD added.