Works to begin next year on Singapore end of High Speed Rail

Romesh Navaratnarajah17 Apr 2018

The Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail is slated to be completed by 2026.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has revealed that construction works for Singapore’s end of the High Speed Rail (HSR) project linking the city-state and Malaysia is expected to start in 2019, reported the Straits Times.

In fact, LTA already called a tender for the design and construction of twin bored tunnels and associated facilities on 6 April, while the tender for design and construction of cut and cover tunnels that leads to the Jurong East terminus was called on 11 April.

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The tunnels will be built using tunnel-boring machines, which are preferred when doing longer stretches of underground excavation as they cause less disturbance to surface structures, buildings and utilities.

Cut and cover tunnels, on the other hand, are built using retaining structures, before excavating in stages.

The method is ideal for shorter distances and open areas where there are fewer surface structures, buildings and utilities. It is also more suited for bigger underground structures, like the tunnel leading to the Jurong East terminus.

LTA is set to call the remaining civil tenders in the coming months.

“We remain on track to commence the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore express service by 2026,” said its spokesperson.

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Romesh Navaratnarajah, Senior Editor at PropertyGuru, edited this story. To contact him about this or other stories, email


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