A consortium comprising Aecom Singapore, Aecom Perunding, and Malaysia-based SA Architects has secured a contract worth S$53.93 million to conduct an architectural and engineering consultancy study on the proposed HSR between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. The Singapore and Malaysia governments are expected to share in the cost of the study equally. The consortium will be responsible for developing alignment options. It will also carry out detailed design work on the preferred route that will be approved by the Iskandar Malaysia Joint Ministerial Committee. The other bidders for the contract included Singapore-based Arup, France-based Egis Rail, Singapore-based CPG Consultants, Singapore-based Jurong Consultants Private Limited, Australia-based Meinhardt Infrastructure, UK-based Mott MacDonald, and US-based TY Lin International. The 315 km long HSR between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore will cost between S$8.08 billion and S$12.13 billion. The project will reduce the travel time between the cities from the present six hours to 90 minutes.