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2020 target for high-speed rail 'tough but possible'

Political will and early decisions key for S'pore-KL project: Experts

Published on Apr 9, 2014 8:08 AM
China, which has the world's longest high-speed rail network (above), began planning for the system only in the early 1990s. -- PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Two factors are crucial if the planned high-speed rail link between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur is to be completed by 2020, said experts yesterday.

There must be strong political will and most decisions will need to be finalised by next year.

Even then, it will be touch-and-go, they added, as many other key issues need to be resolved.

These include the final location of the terminal in Singapore, which has identified three possible sites; the alignment of the rail line and whether it will run on ground level, be elevated or underground; and financing of the project.

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