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  • Singapore to Kuala Lumpur high speed rail line targeted for completion in 2020. Australian government high speed rail target currently on never? #Auspol
    FULL STORY: “A JAPANESE consortium has begun groundwork ahead of bidding for the high-speed rail (HSR) project linking Singapore to Kuala Lumpur.

    Four major companies – the East Japan Railway Company (JR-East), Sumitomo Corporation, Hitachi and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries – intend to offer the efficiency and reliability of Japan’s Shinkansen bullet train system.

    Targeted for completion in 2020, the line will be between 320km and 340km in length and is undergoing an engineering study. Issues such as financing and governance will have to be worked out by both countries’ governments before a tender can be called.

    The Japanese consortium was formed a year ago. Singapore-based executives from JR-East and Sumitomo said on Wednesday that presentations were made to the Land Transport Authority last November, and Malaysia’s Land Public Transport Commission this month.

    Katsuhito Horiguchi, general manager of the environment and infrastructure group at Sumitomo Corporation Asia and Oceania, said Sumitomo started looking for partners about three years ago.

    While the exact roles of the four core members have yet to be decided, it is likely they will play to the strengths of each.

    Trading house Sumitomo can be expected to drive the project development, while Shinkansen operator JR-East will offer train operations and maintenance know-how.

    Hitachi and Mitsubishi could supply the technical expertise.

    It is the first time the four companies have joined together for an HSR project.

    Sumitomo was part of another consortium that helped to build the Taiwan High Speed Rail, which opened in 2007, using technology similar to that of the Shinkansen system.

    Horiguchi said it is still too early to reveal the group’s plans for the HSR, adding that they will depend on the requirements of both countries. — The...

    Four companies link up for high-speed rail bid - Regional | The Star Online
    A JAPANESE consortium has begun groundwork ahead of bidding for the high-speed rail (HSR) project linking Singapore to Kuala Lumpur.
  • Comment re submarines and Bullet Trains...

    “I think it is a fair comparison...we spend $25 billion dollars per year on defence and yet have not had any real threat for 50 years........and we moan and groan about spending $50 bill over 10 years on something which will actually help Australia and the economy....we deserve to have crap trains and transport and the best defence money can buy because hey thats what’s so important to help you have sweet dreams at night.pffft!”
  • Here's an idea: Lets build an east coast Bullet Train and when it's finished then we buy or build as many submarines as we need. We haven't had a need for submarines for the past 50+ years so why would we need them in the next 5 to 10 years? 12 Submarines or Bullet Trains for 11 million Australians?

    Defence sources have told The Australian it would cost between $50 billion and $80bn to design and build the submarines in Australia. This compares with previous estimates that the submarines were likely to cost between $36bn and $40bn to build. It is understood that if the deal goes ahead as many as 12 Japanese submarines could be bought for about $25bn.

  • Not train related but a great excuse to get behind a local team!

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