SINGAPORE: Land Transport Authority has appointed AECOM Singapore and a team of specialist consultants to conduct the advanced engineering study for the complete design of the Singapore section of the future high speed line to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

The contract includes the provision of architectural, civil engineering, electrical, mechanical and other design services for the Jurong East terminus, the tunnels and the bridge across the Straits of Johor.

Specialist consultancy services will be provided by Farrells and Architects 61 (architecture), Applied Wayfinding (branding and signage), CPG Consultants (customs and immigration), Grant Associates (landscaping), Light Cibles (lighting), CBRE (property and commercial) and K&C Protective Technologies (security).

Announcing the award of the contract on February 8, LTA said the tender process had been ‘highly competitive’. It said AECOM had extensive experience with high speed rail projects, including planning and design for Beijing Nan station, the West Kowloon Terminus for Hong Kong’s Express Rail Link and the High Speed 2 project in the UK. AECOM Singapore is currently carrying out an engineering consultancy study for the planned Rapid Transit System Link between Singapore and Johor Bahru.

The governments of Singapore and Malaysia expect to complete the Singapore – Kuala Lumpur high speed line by the end of 2026, with a fastest end-to-end journey time of 90 min on the 350 km route.