INDONESIA: A Japanese consortium is to undertake a pre-feasibility study into a proposed 144 route-km fast passenger line between Jakarta and Bandung for opening by 2018.

Following a co-operation agreement between the Indonesian government and the Japanese Ministry of Land, Transportation & Tourism, the study will be carried out by Japan Railway Technical Service and Yachiyo Engineering. The study will assess the required civil works, land acquisition, environmental impact and revenue forecasting.

Initial estimates suggest construction would cost around US$6·1bn, to be funded through a public-private partnership. A maximum operating speed of 210 km/h is envisaged to achieve a Jakarta – Bandung journey time of 45 min. The line is also expected to serve a new international airport for the Jakarta region to be built at Purwakarta.

*The Chinese government is progressing with rail investment worth up to US$5bn in Indonesia, according to Vice Premier Hui Liangyu, who held talks in Jakarta on April 12. Among the projects Chinese firms are supporting is a third coal railway on Kalimantan. The 185 km coal line would link Cahu with Bangkuang at a cost of US$2·3bn; construction is being managed jointly by CREC and Bakrie Group.