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Indonesia: Construction of Jakarta Bandung High Speed Line Begins

China Railways at Qinhuangdao Railway Station
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Construction of Jakarta Bandung High Speed Line Begins

The foundation stone to mark the beginning of construction for the high speed line between Jakarta and Bandung was laid on 21 January 2016 by President Joko Widowo and Jakarta Governor Basuki Purnama in Cikalong Witan.

The 142km railway will be completed in 2019. It will feature terminus stations in Jakarta Halim and Bandung Tegalluar, two intermediate stations at Karawang and Walini, as well as metro and light rail connnections. Trains will operate at a maximum speed of to 250km/h, with an end-to-end travel time of 4060 minutes.

The high-speed railway will be privately funded, with 75% of the $5.5billion cost of the line being loaned by the from China Development Bank, with China Railway International Co Ltd holding a 40% share in the construction consortium. Domestic partners in Indonesia include Wijaya Karya, Jasa Marga and national railway PT KAI.

Wijaya Karya will be using consortium comprised of Atkins, architects Aedas and Singapore-based developer Surbana Jurong to develop commercial and residential property in the surrounding areas, which will form  part of a 15 year development initiative.

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