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Jakarta Post

Ports paralyzed as traffic at Bakauheni, Merak worsens

  • Oyos Saroso H.N.

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 7 2012   /  08:49 am

The horrendous, kilometers-long traffic jams that have fouled Bakauheni and Merak ports for two days have been worsening due to vacationers looking to cross the Sunda Strait for the school holiday season.

Thousands of trucks have been parked for days outside Bakauheni Port in Lampung in Sumatra and Merak Port in Banten in Java, waiting for ferries.

The congestion is expected to continue until the school holiday ends late next week.

The operations chief of the Bakauheni office of state-owned River, Lake and Crossing Transportation company PT ASDP, Heru Purwanto, attributed the long lines of cars and trucks to the sharp rise in the number of private vehicles using the crossing during the holidays.

“We have increased the number of ferries on the Merak-Bakauheni route in anticipation of a surge in the number of passengers during the holiday season from mid-June ...