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Jakarta Post

Southern Java track to be revamped

  • Nurfika Osman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 20 2012   /  11:57 am

The government plans to revamp 441 kilometers of southern Java’s railway tracks from Cirebon in West Java to Surabaya, building double tracks the entire way to increase passenger capacity and logistics trains.

Construction is scheduled to begin by the end of next year, once the government has completed the same double-track project for Java’s north coast (Pantura) railway.

Deputy Transportation Minister Bambang Susantono said the project, which will be divided into several sections, was expected to be completed in 2016.

“Double-track railroads along the southern and northern parts of Java will help boost economy and development across the Java Economic Corridor as stated in the MP3EI [Master Plan for the Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesia’s Economic Growth],” Bambang said in Jakarta on Friday.

“Both are very important projects because by hav...