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Rreference design consultants to be named for Malaysia-Singapore high speed rail

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by August 25, 2016 General

PETALING JAYA: MyHSR Corp Sdn Bhd says it will appoint reference design consultants (RDCs) for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail (HSR) project.

In a statement, MyHSR said the appointed RDCs were expected to provide consultancy services in areas of reference design for rail infrastructure components in Malaysia, interface management, stakeholder management, HSR project requirements and tender document preparation.

MyHSR was incorporated as a company wholly-owned by the Finance Ministry.

“The appointed RDCs are responsible for the preliminary design of infrastructure asset (stations, alignment, depot and maintenance bases) within Malaysia.

“There will be five RDC work packages and local and international firms are encouraged to participate,” it said.

Last week, it was reported that MyHSR and Singapore’s Land Transport Authority would jointly call for an international tender to appoint a joint development partner (JDP) for the project.

The role of the JDP is to provide technical support on joint aspects of the HSR project.

Last month, MyHSR appointed global engineering company CH2M as its technical adviser for the project.

CH2M, with its sub-consultant PwC, will support MyHSR to develop the project, including working on the planning and design of the Malaysian section and assisting with the project management aspects.

Targeted for commercial operations in 2026, the HSR project will have eight stations – Bandar Malaysia, Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat, Iskandar Puteri and Singapore.

The 350km rail is expected to reduce travel time between Malaysia and Singapore to just 90 minutes, with speeds of over 300km per hour.

Analysts expect the HSR project to spur economic development in its surrounding area.

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