The proposed Kota Kinabalu sky train

A Zaha Hadid in Phnom Penh, the border boomtown of Boten, Jakarta-Bandung railway update, the case against Penang South Islands reclamation, and more construction and transport news in Southeast Asia

The virtual tour of proposed regional transit systems of Southeast Asia continues this week with the Kota Kinabalu Sky Rail. This one is typical of proposed provincial rail systems in that it has been proposed off and on for over a decade without any progress. There is still no conclusion of what type of system it will be, let alone any solid plans to build it.

I was last in KK in 2010, and I had a ticket booked to visit in April 2020, but you know how that worked out. My plan on that trip was to ride the Sabah Railway, so maybe when I do get to go back there will be news of an urban railway for KK.

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Kota Kinabalu Sky Train

The Kota Kinabalu Sky Train is a proposed rail transit line in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. The proposed Kota Kinabalu Line would connect the airport with the city centre and then onwards to One Borneo Mall.

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Trial Run of Jakarta-Bandung Railway Project to Take Place End of 2022, Jokowi Says

“President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) visited the location of the Jakarta-Bandung fast train construction project. The progress or development of this project development is already above 70 percent. Therefore, he targets that in early 2022 it will enter the operational stage and by the end of 2022 it can be tested.”


Construction of all communication towers along China-Laos railway completed


Penang South Reclamation - Who does it serve?

"We explained why the state’s project to reclaim 3 islands totalling 4,500 acres is unnecessary, unjustifiable and likely to fail. All appeals to conscience, logic and good governance have been stonewalled by those in power."

Why Malaysia's plan for 'Asia's Eurostar' went off the rails

“High-speed rail between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore fell prey to politics.”


Construction of MindaRail to start in Q3

“The construction of the 102-kilometer first phase of the Mindanao Railway Project (MRP) is expected to begin in the third quarter of this year, an official of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.”


Phu Quoc international seaport slated to come on stream in Q3

“A project carried out since 2015, the Phu Quoc International Passenger Port in the island city of Phu Quoc is on track to become the first multipurpose seaport of international quality in Vietnam.”

Other News


The Khmer Rouge survivor who recruited the world’s most famous architect

“The Sleuk Rith Institute, designed by the late Zaha Hadid, will offer a different view of memory and justice.”

The evolution of Phnom Penh

“The capital’s growth has been centuries in the making. In this compilation sourced from libraries and other digitised collections, cartographers mapped the expansion of the city from a riverside settlement to a modern metropolis.”

Dara Sakor International Airport close to operation

“Construction of the Dara Sakor International Airport is nearly complete, with the company preparing documents to apply for airprone certification, one of the essential requirements before an airport can be given the green light.”

New Siem Reap international airport 42 per cent complete


Jakarta ranked world’s most environmentally vulnerable city

“The Big Durian has been ranked as the world’s most environmentally vulnerable metropolitan, as climate change, pollution, heatwaves, earthquakes and flooding are key threats to the capital’s residents and businesses.”

This is according to the Environmental Risk Outlook 2021 report by Verisk Maplecroft, which also says that 99 of the world’s 100 riskiest cities are in Asia.


Boten: the renaissance of Laos’s golden city

“The one-time casino boom town on the Laos-China border is on the rise again, powered by billions in Chinese investment.”

Korean company to study expansion of Luang Prabang Airport


RTS Link rolling stock and railway systems contracts awarded

“RTS Operations has confirmed the award of railway systems contracts totalling 1bn ringgits for the Johor Bahru – Singapore Rapid Transit System shuttle between Malaysia and Singapore.”


Sangley airport attracts 3 possible bidders

“The Sangley Point International Airport (SPIA) project in Cavite has attracted one more interested party, bringing the number of potential bidders to three.”


Singapore’s LTA awards contract to build two Jurong Region Line stations

Terrible names for apartment buildings are not limited to Singapore.


‘Green Bridge’ makeover in the works for pedestrian bridge linking Lumphini, Benjakitti parks

Bangkok rush to proactive screening after hundreds tested positive at construction sites around the city

Eviction looms as rail project draws near

“Prasobsuk community residents feel they are paying the price for the fast-paced infrastructure development cutting through the heart of Nakhon Ratchasima.”


China-Vietnam-Laos cross-border multimodal transport service for agricultural materials launched

$97-mln upgrade proposed for Mekong Delta highway linking to Cambodia

“National Highway 62 running through Long An Province should be renovated to shorten the journey from Ho Chi Minh City to the Mekong Delta and the Cambodian border.”