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High Speed Rail Line To Speed Up Travel From Singapore to Kuala Lumpur

Car Rental & Rail | Patrick Clarke | July 19, 2016

High Speed Rail Line To Speed Up Travel From Singapore to Kuala Lumpur

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Travel between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur will eventually take a whole lot less time—approximately 90 minutes total to be more exact.

That same trip currently takes about five hours by car and as many as 11 hours by train.

The governments of Malaysia and Singapore announced Tuesday that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on a Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail Project. 

The rail line will span 217-plus miles between the two popular Asian destinations and drastically cut down on travel times. With the train's top speed exceeding 186 mph, passengers will need roughly one and a half hours to complete the journey.

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Once complete, the eight total stops along the line will include Singapore, Iskandar Puteri, Batu Pahat, Muar, Ayer Keroh, Seremban, Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur.

Since a majority of the line (208 miles) will run through Malaysia, the Malaysian government will fund most of the project. However, both governments will contribute.

The high speed line is expected to cost $12 billion and the project will take seven years to complete. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018 with the rail slated to open to the public sometime in 2026.

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