If you travel to the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, you need around four hours by car and six hours by bus in normal times. Too much for most business travelers on the route. And so the flight route between the two tropical economic centers is one of the most used in the world. Southeast Asia’s first cross-border high-speed train connection should change that and significantly undercut the travel time by plane. The train should take travelers from city center to city center in just 90 minutes. At least that is the plan that Singapore and Malaysia published a few years ago.
A consortium in which the railway division is an important part recently had the best prospects of realizing the mega-project. would have probably delivered the trains together with the French competitor. Together with the Italian railway company Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane and the Malaysian infrastructure developer George Kent, both had applied for the billion-euro contract. The trains would have traveled the 350-kilometer route at at least 270 kilometers an hour.