Voices Of Youth

​Looking forward to high-speed rail

The planned high-speed rail (HSR) that will connect Singapore and Kuala Lumpur will further enhance Singapore's infrastructure and our relationship with Malaysia.

Traffic between both countries through the Causeway and Second Link is estimated at 400,000 crossings both ways daily.

The HSR will definitely make things more convenient for cross-border commuters. The current Customs checkpoints will not be as packed, and travellers can reach either city in just 90 minutes. This will have a positive impact for Singapore's tourism sector.

Meanwhile, there are some concerns regarding the HSR project, for example, regarding management and financial operations.

Much work still needs to be done, but I, for one, look forward to its completion and have faith in Singapore's and Malaysia's ability to conquer the various obstacles.

Verlin Tan Xin Yi, 18, second-year polytechnic student

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 17, 2016, with the headline '​Looking forward to high-speed rail'. Print Edition | Subscribe