KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - With the exception of Bandar Malaysia and Jurong East in Singapore, the precise locations of the other six Singapore-KL high speed rail (HSR) stations have yet to be fixed, the Malaysian developer has said.
MyHSR Corporation Sdn Bhd (MyHSR Corp), the project delivery company, said in a statement that while it had announced that Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat and Iskandar Puteri would have HSR stations, the exact locations of the six stations were still subject to change.
The statement came following various claims over how the final HSR alignment would look like when ready.
"MyHSR Corp is currently working with the respective state governments to freeze land transactions at affected areas under Section 4 of Land Acquisition Act (LAA) 1960," said MyHSR Corp chief executive officer Mohd Nur Ismal Kamal.
"Based on current progress, the alignment and station locations (including the stations' names) are yet to be finalised, except the location of Bandar Malaysia terminus in Kuala Lumpur."
A freeze on land transactions will allow the project team to commence technical studies, including assessing soil conditions, expected social impact and other technical parameters before a smaller corridor is identified.
"The outcome of the studies will be presented through consultations with state authorities," said Mohd Nur.
There will be several engagements and studies to determine the "best locations" for the HSR stations, and factors to be considered include how to best capture ridership by creating an integrated public transportation network with the existing infrastructure in the vicinity.
"We will continue to work closely with the federal and relevant state governments and authorities to determine the best locations of the stations along the corridor to ensure this iconic and game-changing project truly benefits the country and the people," he said.