Brunei company announces high-speed bullet train network connecting Brunei, Sabah, Sarawak and Kalimantan

The proposed route for Trans-Borneo Railways. Photo credit: Brunergy Utama Sdn Bhd's official website.

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, March 31: Brunergy Utama Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned Brunei company, has announced the upcoming Trans-Borneo Railways (TBR) project – Borneo’s first high-speed bullet train network connecting Brunei, Sabah, Sarawak and Kalimantan.

According to the company’s official website, the project will unfold in two phases, encompassing a proposed route spanning 1,620 kilometres.

Phase One aims to connect the economic powerhouses of the western coastline cities to the east, starting at Pontianak of West Kalimantan and ending at Kota Kinabalu of Sabah.

Under this main line route, the cities covered include Kota Kinabalu, Kimanis/Papar, Beaufort, Sipitang, Lawas, Bangar, Limbang, Bukit Panggal, Miri, Bintulu, Sibu, Sri Aman, Kuching, Sambas, Singkawang, Mempawah and Pontianak.

The proposed terminals and stations under the Trans-Borneo Railways project. Photo credit: Bruenergy Utama website

Meanwhile, Brunergy Utama disclosed that Phase Two will then break into North and East Kalimantan to connect the main line with Borneo’s largest city, Samarinda, and later the future Indonesian capital of Nusantara.

The proposed route under Phase Two includes Bukit Panggal, Long Seridan, Bekalalan, Long Bawan, Malinau, Tanjung Selor, Tandjungredeb, Pengadan, Lubuk Tutung, Bontang, Samarinda and Balikpapan.

“The TBR will host four terminals, serving as the main hubs for mass transport, along with 24 stations webbed across the island.

“Both lines will connect at the strategically located Bruneian district of Tutong, serving as the central hub for the TBR,” the company said.

Photo for illustration purposes only. Photo credit: Bruenergy Utama website

Furthermore, it indicated that the average distance between stations would be approximately 150km, and the bullet train is expected to achieve speeds ranging from 300 to 350 kilometres per hour (km/h), with an estimated average travel time between stations of just 30 minutes.

“Introduction of this (bullet train) technology to this region will enhance human interaction to a different level and will be sustainable for the next 50 years or more without much competition and technological change,” the company added. — DayakDaily