How to fix the worst railway station in Southeast Asia

News #217: Funan Techo Canal construction to begin August, Bali plans underground railroad, Vientiane BRT, Penang Hill cable car project, Hanoi plans 100-km metro network by 2030

The Future Southeast Asia Newsletter features transport and urban development news in Southeast Asia, edited by James Clark.

Following on from last week’s news that KL Sentral will be redeveloped, I’ve put together my wish list of what changes I would like to see at the station. One of the ideas might be too radical for car-centric KL (it involves closing a road), but they have to start somewhere.

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Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station will be redeveloped at the end of 2024. Here are some ideas to improve the station.

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🇰🇭 Cambodia

🇮🇩 Indonesia

🇱🇦 Laos

“Construction of bus lanes and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) stations under the Vientiane Sustainable Urban Transport Project have begun in Vientiane with the work expected to be complete by the end of December.”

“The possible construction of a new bridge linking Ubon Ratchathani and Saravan province in southern Laos was discussed in recent talks between Foreign Minister Maris Sangiampongsa and his Lao counterpart Saleumxay Kommasith”.

🇲🇾 Malaysia

“The historic former RMAF base is set to transform into a sports and entertainment hub with an RM80 million investment.”

“A waterway connecting Muar to Pekan could be a game-changer for Malaysia, revitalising local economies and placing the country firmly on the map as a global logistics hub.”

🇵🇭 Philippines

“Based on the detailed engineering design, there are two segments for the Panay-Guimaras-Negros Bridge totaling 32 kilometers”.

“Alliance Global Group Inc. (AGI), the holding company of tycoon Andrew Tan, expects to spend more money for the development of its planned monorail project that will link Fort Bonifacio to the MRT Guadalupe Station.”

🇸🇬 Singapore

“With a focus on affordability, community, convenience and light, Liu Thai Ker replaced squalid slums with spacious high-rises. A recent spike in some sale prices, however, has saddened him.”

🇹🇭 Thailand

“Phuket airport is planning to invest B6 billion to build a new terminal for international flights to expand its passenger handling capacity from 12.5 million a year to 18mn.”

🇻🇳 Vietnam

Japan’s Hitachi, the contractor carrying out the Contract Package 3 for the HCM City’s Metro Line 1, has requested compensation from the investor for project-related additional costs amounting to nearly VNĐ4 trillion (US$153.3 million).

“A nearly-46,000-square-meter area surrounding the iconic Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City will get a VND157-billion (US$6.2 million) makeover, with more green spaces, and restored structures and statues being the highlights.”

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