Jakarta airport rail link delayed

2 Mar 2009

Plans to build a rail link between Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and the city have been delayed again.

The six consortiums interested in undertaking the work have requested more time to prepare their proposals although the government had hoped that work would begin in the second half of this year.

The 30km line is expected to cost around US$400 million and would link the airport with Manggarai rail station in Jakarta.

RaiLink, a joint venture between state-owned railway company PT Kereta Api and the airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II, is one of the bidders.

Meanwhile, Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry said it was working on plans with PT Kereta Api to provide rail services to airports in Medan, Padang and Surabaya.

Construction work on the Medan project was expected to start this year, while the Padang and Surabaya projects would begin in 2010, a spokesman said.

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Kenny Coyle

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