Analysts say Tuas West 'most ideal' to build SG-KL high-speed rail link
Analysts say Tuas West is the most feasible of three possible locations for the Singapore end of a planned high-speed rail link with Kuala Lumpur.
Speaking to the media after the fifth Malaysia-Singapore Leaders' Retreat on Monday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says three options are being considered - Tuas West, Jurong East, and the city centre.
Of the three, transport expert at the National University of Singapore, Professor Lee Der-Horng says Tuas West would be an ideal choice.
"I think it will be quite intuitive if we actually locate this high-speed rail station closer to the border. Jurong East, or even city area, we may need to adopt tunnel engineering, this will increase the construction cost to a much higher level, the also will take much longer. "
Property analyst, Ku Swee Yong supports the view.
He says building it in Jurong East or the city Centre, would aggravate the already congested human and vehicular traffic in those areas.
"Although in terms of economic returns, I think Jurong East might be the better option. But if we considered the disruption to citizens and businesses, then probably Tuas West would be the best. Right now, there isn't a population based in Tuas West yet and the industrial area with some of the golf courses there actually makes it very much easier for a massive project to be constructed there. Then, subsequently, the planners can include commercial, retail and other forms of real estate segment in that location."
And Nanyang Technological University's Associate Professor Michael Li says having the terminal in Tuas would not mean choosing a remote location.
"Tuas will be well connected with the MRT lines, there are already plans there. There will be other highway connections there too. Singapore, if you go from one side to the other side, half an hour to forty minutes maybe? So, I don't think that's a major concern."
A decision will be made in the next year or so and the high-speed rail link is targetted for 2020.
- By Lee Gim Siong
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