ASIA: Project promoters MyHSR Corp of Malaysia and Land Transport Authority of Singapore have awarded the joint development partner contract for the Kuala Lumpur – Singapore high speed rail project to a consortium of WSP Engineering Malaysia, Mott MacDonald Malaysia and Ernst & Young Advisory Services.

There were eight bids for the JDP contract, which covers the provision of project management support and technical advice as well as the development of technical and safety standards. The JDP will also assist the joint project team established by MyHSR and LTA with the preparation of tender documents for the appointment of the AssetsCo which will design, build, finance and maintain the railway systems and rolling stock and the OpCo International which will operate the cross-border trains.

‘The JDP appointment marks the start of a challenging yet exciting journey to bring the Kuala Lumpur – Singapore HSR project to reality’, said MyHSR Chief Eexecutive Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal on February 16. ‘The consortium will join the project teams of MyHSR and LTA in further developing the project. The teams will need to work closely to ensure that the project is delivered successfully.’

The consortium brings experience from major projects including California High Speed Rail, Taiwan High Speed Rail, High Speed 2 and Crossrail. ‘With the collective expertise and extensive experience of the consortium in HSR projects internationally, MyHSR and LTA will be able to kick-start the preparation of upcoming joint tenders for this strategic project’, said LTA Chief Executive Ngien Hoon Ping. ‘Together with the advanced engineering study contract awarded earlier by LTA to carry out engineering studies for the Singapore stretch of the HSR, these two developments mark the next chapter in our journey to deliver the Kuala Lumpur – Singapore HSR project targeted by end-2026.’