Five ways the high-speed rail will change Singapore forever

This article originally appeared on Vulcan Post.  Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has just announced that the Singapore terminus of the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur High Speed Rail will be located at Jurong East. The High Speed Rail project, which was announced last year, aims to cut down the travel time between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to just [...] The post Singapore-Kuala Lumpur High Speed Rail Terminus To Be At Jurong East appeared first on Vulcan Post.

Forget air travel - imagine traveling on a sleek, high-speed bullet train at speeds up to 400km/hr instead! The recently announced high-speed rail network linking Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, has been dubbed the "most important project" between the two nations. It was originally expected to be completed by 2020 but is likely to take longer. Either way, the network will change travel - and the region.

Here are five ways the rail network will change Singapore forever:

1.  Jurong East: It will transform the sleepy hollow of the Jurong Lake District, which is about the size of Marina Bay. PM Lee says it will become the next commercial hub outside the CBD and the new terminal station is likely to be built there. And the good news is train stations are less intrusive than airports, and transit times are less.

Singapore-Kuala Lumpur High Speed Rail Terminus To Be At Jurong East

 

2.  Crowds: The proposed line is expected to cut the 300km 5 hour journey to just 90 minutes making it easier and faster commute to and from Singapore on a daily basis.

 

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3.  Food: The delights of Malay fare will suddenly become much more accessible, so it could have an impact on Halal restaurants in Singapore.

 

Hungry crowd: In the heartland (suburb areas of Singapore), you can find crowds of people having supper even around midnight.

 

4.  Ramadan: Singapore could practically shut down over Ramadan since it will be so easy to get to Malaysia!

 

Devotees break fast on the first day of Ramadan at a mosque in Singapore in this June 29, 2014 file photo. Halal has never looked so good for Singapore. A survey ranked the Asian country as the top non-Islamic destination for Muslim tourists, weeks after official data showed overall visitor numbers fell last year for the first time since 2009. REUTERS/Edgar Su/Files (SINGAPORE - Tags: FOOD RELIGION)

 

5.  Economy: The railway construction will create more jobs and stimulate the economy, but just how much isn't clear yet.

 

A man paddling his kayak is dwarfed against the skyline of the Marina Bay, which is home to popular hotels, and tourist attractions such as the Singapore Flyer, seen at right, Monday, April 27, 2015, in Singapore. The city-state's government announced earlier in the year, new plans for its global marketing campaign to tap on the country's year-long 50th birthday celebration, as part of its continued effort to boost tourism numbers in 2015, after the country went through a challenging season in 2014. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)