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East Coast Rail Link cost escalates; alignment revised, Malaysia [free access]

April 8, 2021

The Government of Malaysia has announced that the cost of the East Coast Rail Link project has escalated by 14 per cent to USD12.08 billion as the network has been expanded by 25 km. The project is being executed by CCC-ECRL (a subsidiary of CRRC). It is also a part of the Government of China’s Belt and Road (BRI) initiative. Malaysia Rail Link, a joint venture with CRRC, will operate the line.


East Coast Rail Link will span 665 km and connect the states of Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Negeri Sembilan, Selangor, and the Federal Territory of Putrajaya. Construction began in 2017, but was suspended in July 2018 on the grounds of national interest. Construction was resumed in July 2019. Passenger services are expected to commence by 2027.