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LTA appoints AECOM to design Singapore’s high-speed rail infrastructure

A map of Singapore and Malaysia showing the most likely route of the HSR. Photo: ChannelNewsAsia

Singapore February 9 2017 – The Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore has appointed AECOM Singapore to conduct an engineering study for the design of high-speed rail infrastructure within Singapore.

Announcing the $25 million deal the LTA said “Aecom has extensive experience in international high-speed rail projects, such as the planning and design of the Beijing South HSR Station in China, the High Speed 2 railway in the UK, and the West Kowloon Terminus for the Express Rail Link in Hong Kong.”

The Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed railway is a 350 kilometre line which will have eight stations, including Singapore at Jurong East and Kuala Lumpur, cutting travel time between the two cities to 90 minutes.

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.

AECOM Singapore has a strong track record in Singapore as well, having 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.

The railway is expected to be completed by December 31 2026. The Malaysian and Singaporean governments have appointed MyHSR Corporation and the LTA respectively to implement the project.