Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced on 8 February 2017 that it has awarded the contract for Advance Engineering Studies (AES) for the complete design of the High Speed Rail (HSR) infrastructure within Singapore to AECOM Singapore Pte Ltd and to its team of specialist consultants.

The contract includes providing architectural, civil, electrical, mechanical and other design services required for the Jurong East terminus, tunnels, and the bridge across the Straits of Johor. It also includes the preparation of tender documents for the construction phase of the project.

The specialist team comprises:

  • Farrells and Architects 61 for Architectural
  • Applied Wayfinding for Branding, Signage & Wayfinding
  • CPG Consultants for Customs, Quarantines & Immigration Facility
  • Grant Associates for Landscape
  • Light Cibles for Lighting
  • CBRE Pte Ltd for Real Estate & Commercial
  • K&C Protective Technologies Pte Ltd for Security & Protection

The tender was issued on 29 August 2016, closed in October 2016 and finally awarded on 12 January 2017.

AECOM Singapore has a strong track record in Singapore, having already worked with LTA to design the Circle Line, Downtown Line, Thomson-East Coast Line, and the Tuas West Extension. AECOM Singapore is also currently carrying out an engineering consultancy study for the Rapid Transit System Link between Singapore and Johor Bahru.

First conceived in 2013, the 350 km Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail is expected to reduce travel time between Singapore and the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur to 90 minutes.

The project envisages the construction of a brand new rail line with dedicated tracks that will allow trains to travel at a maximum speed of 300 km/h. It aims to facilitate seamless travel between the two capital cities, enhance business linkages, and connect the peoples of both countries closer together.

The line will consist of eight stations, seven of which will be in Malaysia:

  1. Kuala Lumpur (Bandar Malaysia)
  2. Putrajaya
  3. Seremban
  4. Ayer Keroh
  5. Muar
  6. Batu Pahat
  7. Iskandar Puteri
  8. Singapore (Jurong East)

The date for start of operations has been postponed from 2020 to 2026.

Singapore Transport Minister and Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure Khaw Boon Wan and Malaysian Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the project on 19 July 2016.


In August 2016 Malaysia’s MyHSR Corporation and Singapore’s LTA called for a joint tender to appoint a Joint Development Partner (JDP), that will assist in the development of the Kuala Lumpur to Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) Project. The tender is currently pending award.


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