Today (19 Jul), Singapore and Malaysia have signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the Kuala Lumpur - Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project.
When the HSR is in place, the travel time to get from Singapore to KL is 90 minutes.
The ceremony took place at the Prime Minister's Office of Malaysia in Putrajaya.
In Aug 2016, Singapore would call tender for advance engineering studies. Singapore and Malaysia are expected to joint tender for Joint Development partner. An agreement should be reached by the end of this year.
The construction of the HSR will commence from 2018 to 2025. The service will run in 2026, after a year of testing and commissioning.
The HSR line will run for 350km, with 335km in Malaysia and 15km in Singapore. It will consist of eight stops - Singapore, Iskandar Puteri, Batu Pahat, Muar, Ayer Keroh, Seremban, Putrajaya and KL.
There are plans to co-locate the immigration offices of Singapore and Malaysia to better facilitate the clearing of customs for passengers.