3-party consortium awarded joint development partner contract for Singapore-KL high-speed rail project

An aerial view of the Jurong Country Club, where the terminus of the Singapore-KL High Speed Rail will be located.
An aerial view of the Jurong Country Club, where the terminus of the Singapore-KL High Speed Rail will be located. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A three-party consortium has won the joint development partner (JDP) contract for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project, announced Malaysia's MyHSR Corporation and Singapore's Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Thursday (Feb 16).

The consortium - made up of WSP Engineering Malaysia, Mott MacDonald Malaysia and Ernst & Young Advisory Services - will provide project management support and technical advice on HSR systems and operations, as well as develop the technical and safety standards for the project.

It will also assist the joint project team - established by MyHSR and LTA - with the preparation of documents for tenders relating to joint aspects of the project.

"Following the commitment of the two governments through the bilateral agreement signing, the JDP appointment marks the start of a challenging yet exciting journey to bring the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR project to reality," said MyHSR chief executive officer Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal.

The "collective expertise and extensive experience" of the consortium in other international HSR projects allows MyHSR and the LTA to "kick-start" the preparation of joint tenders for the project, said LTA chief executive Ngien Hoon Ping.

Last month the $24.6 million contract to conduct an advanced engineering study for the Singapore stretch of the HSR was awarded to engineering design firm Aecom Singapore.

The 350km HSR project is slated to be completed by end-2026. It is expected to reduce travelling time between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to 1½ hours.