AECOM will provide designs for the Singapore’s High Speed Rail infrastructure
AECOM has been appointed by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore as the lead consultant to conduct the Advanced Engineering Study (AES) for the complete design of the Singapore stretch of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail Infrastructure.
AECOM and its consortium partners will provide architectural, civil, structural, electrical, mechanical and other associated design services needed for the Jurong East terminus, tunnels and the bridge connecting Singapore and Malaysia at the Straits of Johor.
Following a rigorous tender process, AECOM was selected to deliver the SGD $24.6-million contract based on its strong track record in delivering high speed rail (HSR) projects globally and its team’s leading technical expertise understanding the scope of work involved in designing the HSR.
“The Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail is a key project for the governments of Singapore and Malaysia and will be an iconic landmark, providing the strategic link between both cities,” said Billy Wong, AECOM’s Regional Executive of Southeast Asia. “AECOM is delighted to apply our global high speed rail capability in the design of this ground-breaking high-speed rail infrastructure project, which is the first inter-country high speed rail service in Southeast Asia.”
AECOM has assembled a global team of high speed rail specialists from Singapore, Hong Kong and Spain to deliver the project. The team will draw upon the design and planning expertise gained from working on the West Kowloon Terminus for the Express Rail Link in Hong Kong, Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Cross Boundary Facilities and the HSR infrastructure in Spain.
Having worked with LTA to design the North-East Line, Circle Line, Downtown Line and Thomson-East Coast Line, and the Tuas West Extension, AECOM Singapore has a proven track record in the local market. The local Singapore team is already conducting an engineering consultancy study for the Rapid Transit System Link between Singapore and Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
In undertaking the AES, AECOM and its consortium partners – HSR architect Farrells and local architects Architects 61 and CPG Consultants – have commenced work on the HSR concept design and will facilitate on-schedule implementation through the provision of “buildable” design.
“The Jurong East terminus design will be a key international gateway to travellers and should be a true reflection of Singapore, meeting its high standards for functionality, safety, efficiency and accessibility,” said Mahatma Subbaiyan, vice president of transportation, AECOM Singapore. “With our experience and technical knowledge in HSR design, we will ensure that the project attracts the best international and local bidders as we transit from design to build phase.”
At present, the Singapore-KL route is served by planes and buses. Once completed in 2026, its tracks will run for 350 kilometres along the west coast of Peninsula Malaysia –with 15 kilometres in Singapore and 335 kilometres in Malaysia – and is expected to cut travel time between both cities to 90 minutes.
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France to invest €1.8bn in Egypt’s infrastructure
France will invest a total of €1.8bn into Egypt’s infrastructure focusing specifically on upgrading the Cairo Metro, building a railway to Sudan, and developing water and energy schemes. Officials have called the investment a “major boost to bilateral cooperation”.
The Cairo Metro
Included in the financing is a concessional government loan of around €800mn to upgrade Line 1 of the Cairo Metro, introduced in the 1980s. The financing will pay for 55 trainsets for the line and is provided by the French engineering company, Alstom.
Line 6 is also due to be upgraded using further state-guaranteed loans worth up to €2bn. Bruno Le Maire said that this would be negotiated over the next six months. France and Egypt have worked in close cooperation ever since Abdel Fattah al-Sisi became president in 2014, despite differences over human rights and strong criticism of Egypt by rights activists and some foreign states.
Nine more projects over the next half a decade
A further €1bn from France’s development agency, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), aims to cover a range of other projects over the next half a decade.
These projects include a railway line between Aswan, southern Egypt, and Wadi Halfa in Sudan, as well as several projects in the renewable energy and water purification industries. Bruno Le Maire, France’s Finance Minister, said Egypt was a “strategic partner and commercial dealings with it would be developed. France will substantially increase its direct exposure to Egypt, becoming the first counter-party for government to government loans,” he said.
According to Le Maire, the AFD will also €150mn to support the construction of a universal health insurance programme. French contractors such as Vinci and Bouygues have a long history of working on the Egyptian capital’s underground system.
Talking about the relationship between France And Egypt, Le Maire concluded: “France will substantially increase its direct exposure to Egypt, becoming the first counter-party for government to government loans”.