Japan keen to develop high-speed trains to connect Indonesia cities

20 , 2013 | Source: Travel and Tour World

Japan is keen to develop high-speed trains to enhance connectivity between Indonesia cities, Indonesian Transportation Minister Evert Erenst Mangindaan said.

 

 The trains travelling at 300 km per hour are expected to connect Jakarta to Bandung and Surabaya, Indonesian news agency ANTARA reported Mangindaan as saying on Monday.

 “We hope to implement the trains after Indonesia completes the construction of a double-track railway line in northern Java,” the minister said.

 “Japan is also keen to build an overpass track above the double track in the north coast area of Java. We plan to use the double track for container trains to accelerate cargo transportation in Java, we will use the overpass track for passenger trains,” said Mangindaan.

 The government plans to use the overpass line track for passenger trains travelling between Jakarta and Surabaya and Jakarta and Bandung.

 The government anticipates the construction of a double track between Jakarta and Surabaya will be completed by the end of the year.

 Mangindaan did not state the cost of developing the new rail lines.

 “We will put forth several options, including the extension of the concession to manage train service,” he added.

 

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