Singapore-KL HSR, JB-Woodlands RTS need to be optimally designed: Khaw
- POSTED: 08 Dec 2013 19:09
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The Singapore-Kuala Lumpur high-speed rail (HSR) link and the Johor Bahru-Woodlands rapid transit system (RTS) link are two game-changing projects that need to be optimally designed to meet the needs of the people, says National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan.
SINGAPORE: The Singapore-Kuala Lumpur high-speed rail (HSR) link and the Johor Bahru-Woodlands rapid transit system (RTS) link are two game-changing projects that need to be optimally designed to meet the needs of the people.
Writing on his blog on Sunday evening, National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said the high-speed rail link is a complex project, with many issues to address.
The issues range from financing to engineering and border security control.
"There are many HSR projects around the world but cross-border HSR is rare. A prominent example is the London-Paris HSR, which offers a useful reference," said Mr Khaw.
On the RTS link between JB and Woodlands, he said the project is ready to move into the next phase.
Consultants have completed the first phase of the technical study, and the authorities in both countries have accepted the report, he said.
The two projects were discussed at a meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee for Iskandar Malaysia on Friday.
Mr Khaw had co-chaired the meeting in JB with Malaysia's Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Abdul Wahid Omar.
Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew and Johor Menteri Besar Khaled Nordin were also present.
The meeting ended at 10pm, and the Malaysian delegation had to leave immediately for Kuala Lumpur as the UMNO General Assembly was in session.
Noting that the Malaysian leaders would have reached KL at about 3am, Mr Khaw said he and his delegation deeply appreciate them for travelling to JB for the meeting.
Mr Khaw said: "In the future, when the HSR runs, travelling between our two capitals will be much faster and no longer such a hassle!"