Turner & Townsend awarded role on Malaysian train line

UK consultant Turner & Townsend has been appointed to provide quantitative cost risk assessment services for a 50km railway line in the Kuala Lumpur region of Malaysia.

The Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya Line in the southeast of the country is being developed by mass rapid transit (MRT) corporation Sdn Bhd.

The line will be the second of three MRT systems to be constructed in the capital and surrounding areas.

It includes 37 stations, with 26 of them elevated and 11 underground.

T&T will deliver quantitative cost risk assessment every six months over the scheme’s first three years, with an extension for the full duration of the project subject to a review.  

The railway line, which will operate trains at speeds of 100km/h, will enable an end-to-end journey time of 85 minutes. It will eventually serve a population of 2 million with an estimated 533,000 passengers using the system daily.

The railway is part of a government initiative to alleviate road traffic congestion, contribute to a cleaner environment, boost the economy and raise living standards.

Rodney Moulder, head of infrastructure for T&T in Asia, said: "We are thrilled to have won this commission for such a vital public transport system that’ll bring Kuala Lumpur a step closer to reaching its aspiration of being one of the most livable cities in the world."

Construction work is expected to start in spring 2016 and be fully operational by 2022.

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