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November 11, 2010

Foundation laid for Singapore-Kunming rail link

THE 329km Ipoh-Padang Besar Electrified Double Track Project, a railway section that will form a part of the planned Singapore-Kunming rail link that was agreed upon by Asean countries in 2007, is expected to be completed in 2013.

The RM12.5bil project, the largest construction project undertaken in the country started just over two years ago. It has reached another milestone with the final breakthrough of the 3.3km-long Bukit Berapit, the longest of its kind in South-East Asia.

The 9m-high and 9m-wide horseshoe-shaped twin tunnels, will replace at least four tunnels and two bridges of the existing track while cutting across the old track, the North-South Expressway, federal trunk road and the 200m Berapit tunnel.

Once completed, electrified trains will travel at a speed of 160km per hour, reducing traveling time between Ipoh and Penang to 90 minutes from the current four hours.

Soursce: The Star