The Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail project was planned to be the first cross-border high-speed rail in Southeast Asia, providing the fastest mode of travel between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, while offering an alternative transport system that contributes to the region’s decarbonization targets.
The planned alignment for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail was to consist of seven stations in Malaysia and one in Singapore. It was designed to travel at a speed of up to 350 kilometers per hour, making travel time between the two cities approximately 90 minutes as the alignment measures about 350 kilometers.
The stations in Malaysia were to set to be located in Bandar Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat and Iskandar Puteri. Meanwhile, the Singapore station was meant to be in Jurong East.
AECOM was commissioned to work on different aspects of this project both in Malaysia and Singapore. In Malaysia, we were awarded Reference Design Consultant Package 06 (RDC06) by the MyHSR Corporation Sdn. Bhd., an agency formed by the Malaysian government.
RDC06 covered the alignment from the southern end of the Iskandar Puteri Station, the last station in Malaysia, to the international boundary to Singapore. The package included all infrastructural works, as well as the civil infrastructure works in the Malaysian portion of the bridge the crosses the straits to Singapore. This included all other related civil infrastructures within the stretch such as earthworks, road re-alignments, access roads, emergency escape route and other requirements for the high-speed rail.
The team in Malaysia was working with AECOM Singapore, which had been appointed by the Land Transportation Authority (LTA) of Singapore as the lead consultant to conduct the Advanced Engineering Study (AES) for the complete design of the Singapore stretch of the project. The areas for coordination included the standardization of the straits crossing viaduct superstructure and substructure.
We were also supporting Jacobs Engineering Services Sdn Bhd on the Reference Design Package No. 2 (RDC02), which included mechanical and electrical engineering and cost estimation services in the stations of Putrajaya, Seremban, Melaka, Muar and Batu Pahat.