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Joint tender called for KL-Singapore High Speed Rail project

SINGAPORE — Malaysia and Singapore called a joint tender on Wednesday (Dec 20) for the company that will design, build, finance and maintain the trains and rail assets of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR).

Malaysia and Singapore called a joint tender on Wednesday (Dec 20) for the company that will design, build, finance and maintain the trains and rail assets of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR). Photo: Farrells

Malaysia and Singapore called a joint tender on Wednesday (Dec 20) for the company that will design, build, finance and maintain the trains and rail assets of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR). Photo: Farrells

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SINGAPORE — Malaysia and Singapore called a joint tender on Wednesday (Dec 20) for the company that will design, build, finance and maintain the trains and rail assets of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR).

The tender comes a year after both governments signed the bilateral agreement for the project, which will boost socio-economic links between Singapore and its northern neighbour.

The joint tender was announced by Malaysia’s MyHSR Corporation and Singapore’s SG HSR, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Land Transport Authority.

Aside from financing and maintaining the trains and rail assets such as track work, power, signalling and telecommunications systems, the assets company (AssetsCo) will coordinate the system’s network capacity for operations and maintenance needs.

Bidders have until June 29 next year to submit proposals. A tender briefing will be held in Kuala Lumpur on Jan 23.

MyHSR and SG HSR aim to select a qualified bidder by the end of next year.

SG HSR managing director Rama Venkta said it looks forward to receiving high-quality competitive bids. Feedback from two industry briefings held earlier this year in Singapore and London was valuable in the design of parameters for the AssetsCo tender, he said.

Malaysia has begun the land acquisition process for the project, said Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in October. Public inspection of the project’s alignment within Malaysia is ongoing, said MyHSR chief executive Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal.

Tender submissions will be evaluated for their technical solutions, commercial robustness, financial sustainability and price, both entities said. The solutions should prioritise safety and security, reliability, operations flexibility and customers. They should also be value-for-money.

The HSR will shorten land-travel times between Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Jurong East in Singapore to 90 minutes, from about four hours by car. Targeted to start operating by Dec 31, 2026, the HSR will have eight stations. The seven in Malaysia are Bandar Malaysia, Bangi-Putrajaya, Seremban, Melaka, Muar, Batu Pahat and Iskandar Puteri.

It was reported this month that the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR would be served by four trains per hour – two offering an express service between Bandar Malaysia and Jurong East that runs every 30 minutes, and two that stop at all seven stations within Malaysia.

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