JOHOR BARU: The tender for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail Project Delivery Partner (PDP) and the finalised rail alignment are expected to be known by the end of the first quarter next year.
Commercial director Tonny Yeap from MyHSR Corp Sdn Bhd, the government’s delivery vehicle for the project, said the submission is still open for companies to participate in the tender.
“The deadline to submit the proposal for PDP is end of January, so the number (of interested companies so far) is still changing,” he told a media briefing for the project here yesterday.
He said that tender is open to both local companies and consortiums.
“The most important thing is that the company that comes forward should and must have railway experience in Malaysia and expertise in high speed rail.
“Whether they form a partnership or do it on their own is very much up to them,” added Yeap.
MyHSR Corp Project delivery director Mark Loader said the end of the first quarter would also likely be when the KL-SG HSR rail alignment gets its final approval from Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).
He said the proposed alignment has been submitted to SPAD and an ongoing public inspection to get feedback from the people would run from Nov 1 to Jan 31, 2018.
“Depending on the outcome, we will take about one to two months to review the comments and submit the finalised railway scheme to SPAD and assuming it then gets approved, it will be fixed,” he said.
Loader added that the approval rating for the project was 99% from some 1,000 respondents they spoke to at their booths during the public inspection.
During the briefing, Loader also said the 350km railway route would mainly be on ground and only 5% of the route requires tunnels.
He cited cost effectiveness as the reason why underground routes are avoided but due to unavoidable terrains – mainly in the Kuala Lumpur area – tunnels have to be built and would each be about 1km to 2km long.
Johor will have the longest HSR route with 182km out of the total estimated 328km in Malaysia.
The KL-SG HSR has eight stations – Bandar Malaysia, Bangi-Putrajaya, Seremban, Melaka, Muar, Batu Pahat, Iskandar Puteri and Jurong East in Singapore.
The train will have a top speed of 350kph and will take about 90 minutes to travel between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
The project is scheduled for completion in 2026.