PETALING JAYA: MyHSR Corp Sdn Bhd and Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) have appointed WSP Engineering Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Mott MacDonald Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Ernst & Young Advisory Services Sdn Bhd to undertake the joint development partner (JDP) contract for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail (HSR) project.
Both MyHSR and LTA said in a statement that the JDP will develop technical and safety standards for the project, apart from assisting the joint project team (set up by MyHSR and LTA) with the preparation of documents for the forthcoming tenders related to the project.
The upcoming tenders include the appointment of the AssetsCo and Opco International.
“The JDP appointment marks the start of a challenging yet exciting journey to bring the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR project to reality.
“The consortium of WSP Engineering, Mott MacDonald and Ernst & Young Advisory Services will join the MyHSR and LTA project teams in further developing the project,” said MyHSR chief executive officer Mohamed Kamal
He added more appointments for the project will be made in due course.
Meanwhile, LTA chief executive Ngien Hoon Ping said LTA was excited to have the consortium on board as JDP.
“With the collective expertise and extensive experience of the consortium in HSR projects internationally, MyHSR and LTA will be able to kick-start the preparation of upcoming joint tenders for this strategic project.
“Together with the Advanced Engineering Study contract awarded earlier by LTA to carry out engineering studies for the Singapore stretch of the HSR, these two developments mark the next chapter in our journey to deliver the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR project targeted by end-2026.” Ngien said.
MyHSR Corp is the agency tasked with overseeing the bilateral project that aims to bridge Kuala Lumpur (at Bandar Malaysia) with Singapore’s Jurong East via a pair of rail tracks across 350km, with 335km of the tracks within Malaysian territory.
Working closely with relevant agencies in both Singapore and Malaysia, the LTA is a statutory board under Singapore’s Transport Ministry and responsible for the engineering design development and project implementation.
In February 2013, Malaysia and Singapore jointly announced their agreement to build the HSR between the republic and Kuala Lumpur.
The completion date for the HSR project, which was initially set in 2020, was pushed to 2022, according to reports.