High speed train will benefit Singapore and Malaysia

The Jurong Country Club will hand over the land by November 2016, and the site will be comprehensively redeveloped for new mixed-use developments and community facilities, together with the High-Speed Rail terminus.

The Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail terminus will be located at the current site of Jurong Country Club, announced the Singapore Land Authority, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the Urban Redevelopment Authority in a joint news conference on Monday (May 11).

This follows the announcement Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made last week after a bilateral retreat with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak. Mr Lee said then that Singapore will site its terminus in Jurong East.

Some analysts earlier suggested that Jurong Country Club was the most likely location for a terminus.

The authorities said Jurong Country Club will have to hand over its land by November 2016, ahead of its lease expiry in 2035. The site will be comprehensively redeveloped for new mixed-use developments and community facilities to serve Jurong residents, travellers and visitors.

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Authorities said the Jurong Country Club site is "ideal due to its high connectivity, with close proximity to the existing two MRT lines (East-West and North-South Lines) at Jurong East MRT station, a new MRT line (the Jurong Region Line and Cross Island Line) being planned around the area, as well as the future integrated transport hub in Jurong East”.

The High Speed Rail, described as a "game changer" by leaders from both Singapore and Malaysia, aims to cut down travel time between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to just 90 minutes. The target for completion which was initially 2020, has been pushed back due to the complexity and scale of the project.

Leaders will decide on a new timeframe for when the train will start running, at the end of the year. 

The Government has been reclaiming land from golf courses for redevelopment. In February last year, the two golf clubs - Keppel Club and Marina Bay Golf Club - were told that they would not have their leases renewed when they expire. Three others - Tanah Merah Country Club, National Service Resort and Country Club and Singapore Island Country Club - will have their leases extended but they will be giving up part of the land they now occupy.

Keppel Club's lease expires Dec 31, 2021, and Marina Bay Golf Course's lease expires Jul 13, 2024.

Source: CNA

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