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High-speed railway perils and promise

High-speed railways worldwide are fraught with challenges, so Singapore and Malaysia must have the political will to turn plans into reality.

Published on Apr 17, 2014 6:58 AM

Excitement is high over the proposed Malaysia-Singapore high- speed railway (HSR).

But first, significant hurdles need to be overcome.

The two countries must decide on pressing fundamentals. These include the ownership, financing and operating models, as well as the project structure.

Then come decisions such as route alignment, number and location of stations along the way, form and location of checkpoint, and finally, location of depot and terminal stations.

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