Consortium to build new
railway to airport

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Frequent traffic congestion on the toll road from Jakarta to the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang has pushed the government to look into alternative transportation to make traveling easier.

Spokesperson for the Transportation Ministry J.A. Barata said Wednesday that a consortium of PT Kereta Api and PT Angkasa Pura II would build a railway line from Kalideres in West Jakarta, to the airport.

He said that they would build the 10-kilometer line next year and hoped to finish it in 2009.

The new route will pass Manggarai, South Jakarta, Dukuh Atas and Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, Grogol, Pesing, Rawa Buaya in West Jakarta and Kalideres stations.

Some areas need to be cleared in order for the Rp 700 billion project to start, he said, giving no details on the technicalities of land acquisition.

""We are doing our job as efficiently as possible. Angkasa Pura owns most of the land where the line will pass so a clash between the project and the community can be avoided,"" he told The Jakarta Post. (03)

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