SINGAPORE: Fourteen companies and consortia have been invited by Singapore and Malaysian authorities to further discuss their feedback on the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur High Speed Rail project.
This comes after a joint Request for Information, which saw 98 submissions. Singapore's Land Transport Authority (LTA) added that more companies could still be invited.
The 350-kilometre High Speed Rail is set to cut travelling time from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur to just 90 minutes. Singapore's terminus will be located at Jurong East, while the Kuala Lumpur terminus will be in Bandar Malaysia.
Malaysian reports cited China Railway as one of the companies invited for further discussions. Japan and South Korea have also expressed keen interest in the project.
LTA said the next step is to study the feedback thoroughly and use it to improve the project's commercial and procurement approach. It added that it will remain open to all system options, and is committed to carrying out the formal tender process in an "open, fair and transparent manner".
LTA also stressed that the Request for Information exercise and the following interviews have no bearing on the formal tender process, which will be launched at a later stage.