Malaysia drops KL-Singapore bullet train project

Ah good. I didn’t quite like the idea actually. It doesn’t have significant advantages to our country in my opinion and I rather good money be spent on improving our current transport system. Five years down the road we’d probably see more congestions on the roads.

Anyway, I just post this article because the word ‘feasibility study’ is there. So…

Malaysia drops KL-Singapore bullet train project

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia has shelved plans for a bullet train linking Kuala Lumpur to Singapore because of the cost, a top planning official said on Tuesday. 

The 8 billion ringgit (US$2.5 billion) project, proposed by Malaysian infrastructure and utilities group YTL Corp in 2006, aimed to cut travel time between the two cities to 90 minutes from seven-and-a-half hours presently. 

The idea for a high-speed train between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, about 300 kilometres apart, dates back to the late 1990s, but was revived after the Malaysian government invited companies to submit ideas for privately funded projects.

The Malaysian government backed the project in 2007 after it passed a feasibility study, but said at the time it wanted to conduct a social impact study since the project would involve land acquisition.

News of the abandonment came shortly after Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said several infrastructure projects under the 200-billion ringgit (US$64 billion) 2006-2010 development plan may be delayed due to escalating costs. 

Abdullah, who is also finance minister, said high on the casualty list is the construction of the three-billion-ringgit (US$826m) bridge linking the northern island of Penang to peninsular Malaysia. 

Construction of the planned 24-kilometre bridge linking the town of Batu Maung on the island and Batu Kawan on the mainland was expected to be completed by January 2011 but has been hit by delays. (Source: ChannelNewsAsia)

We don’t really need bullet trains in Singapore. Maybe faster trains. But not bullet trains. Actually no one really needs bullet trains if you think about it. If you build things vertically and closely packed enough, there really isn’t much need to construct expensive transport systems to link up two areas.

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