The news of a high-speed rail linking Malaysia and Singapore has been lingering around since 2013 but it's only today that the respective governments have signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signalling a firm commitment and understanding between both countries for the iconic Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project. So it's safe to say that the high-speed train is officially in the works! Imagine being able to whip over to Singapore for a quick shopping trip or lunch with relatives, and still be back in time for an early supper at the local mamak

 

Here's everything you need to know about the KL-Singapore High-Speed Rail project:

 

1. The high-speed rail track will be 350km long, with 335km of it set in Malaysia and the remaining 15km in Singapore. 

 

2. At a high speed of over 300km per hour, the travelling time from KL to Singapore is expected to be 90 minutes.

 

3. There will be eight stations, with seven of them in Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat, Iskandar Puteri - and one in Singapore, which will be located at Jurong East.

 

4. Construction is expected to start in 2018 while it's targeted to begin commercial operations in 2026. 

 

5. There will be three services in the HSR system with two different operators, OpCo International and OpCo Domestic. The former will run the Express and Shuttle services, which is essentially Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, and Iskandar Puteri to Singapore. OpCo Domestic will cater to the Domestic service, which consists of the local stations. 

 

6. Passengers will be able to clear through customs, immigration and quarantine checks at their point of departure though the facilities will be located only in Singapore, Iskandar Puteri and Kuala Lumpur. 

 

7. While the fare rates have yet to be decided, Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) told New Straits Time in October 2015 that a one-way ticket may cost less than RM200 per person. 

 

8. Both governments will call for open international tenders in August 2016.

 

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