In May 2015, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that The Republic’s terminus for the 350km Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail will be located at Jurong East, following the Leaders’ Retreat with Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak.
The HSR project, which was mutually agreed in 2013, has been seen as a “game changer”. Once completed, it will cut down on travel time between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to just 90 minutes, which further cements Jurong Lake District’s position as the second Central Business District.
A week after the announcement by Prime Minister, Singpaore Land Authority had followed up with the announcement that Jurong Country Club will be acquired for the HSR terminus. It is within walking distance to Jurong Gateway and will need to hand over the land to the government by November 2016. The site will be redeveloped for new mixed-used developments, together with HSR terminus to serve the residents around the region, travellers and visitors.
The terminus will take up about 20% of the 67 hectare site, while the rest will be used for mixed development with most of the rail line will be underground to free up land space.