Chance to 'drive or ride' in a Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high speed rail train

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KUALA LUMPUR: Those who can't wait to know what the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high speed rail (HSR) will "look and feel" like are in for a treat.

Just head to KL Sentral for an interactive experience. The China High Speed Railway Experience Cube will offer visitors a chance to look at potential facilities within the HSR link should China win the tender for the project.

The Cube is an extension of China's first HSR exhibition in 2015 when it displayed the achievements of its own high speed railway system.

Land Public Transport Commis­sion (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar, who launched the Cube yesterday, said he was im­pressed with China's rail development achievements.

"China is unbeatable in terms of high speed rail network by distance - they have covered 22,000km in their country in just 10 years of construction and operations.

"Also, more than 4,500 high speed trains are transporting over 4.5 million passengers in China daily, ma­king up 52 per cent of daily passenger flow on China Railway.

"Their system is proof that when planned correctly, high speed rail can provide huge socio-economic benefits," he said at the launch.

The Cube is designed in the form of a game, starting at "Bandar Ma­­laysia station" and passing through "Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat and Iskandar Puteri" before ending at "Jurong East station".

A highlight is a simulator which allows people to experience driving a high speed train. Visitors can also try out train seats of different classes with a simulated view of a train passing through the coastal route between Malaysia and Singapore.

The Cube will be operational until April 16 and is open between 10am and 8pm at Level 2, KL Sentral. Admission is free.

Syed Hamid also said Ma­­laysia and Singapore would jointly call for a tender for an international operator to operate the KL-Singapore Express Service (non-stop 90-minute train service), and the cross-border Shuttle Service between Iskandar Puteri and Singapore.

"Malaysia will also call a tender for a domestic operator to operate the domestic service within Malay­sia," he said.