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A double tracked Pantura almost a reality LIPPO CIKARANG - An infrastructure project that was started back in the Dutch colonial era, will hopefully be rounded up in the coming years. What project took almost a century to be completed? The construction of a double tracked - now it's only a single track for the biggest part - railroad connection between Jakarta and Surabaya through the northern lowlands of Java Island.

This double track should be completed somewhere in 2013, after which it can be taken into use somewhere in 2014. More trains can then ply the route and trains will travel faster as they don't have to wait for each other any more. This infrastructure project was picked up by the national government a few years back as part of a general upgrade of infrastructure on the island.

"Transport by train will get much more space when the doubling is completed," said a spokesperson of the state-owned railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia (PT KAI). The northern coastal lowlands, locally better known as Pantura, is the economical axis of the island of Java. The biggest part of investments are currently invested in the development of this region.

The total lenght of the double track that has to be constructed is about 727 kilometers. Infrastructure near the railroad track will also be improved. Stations will be expanded and crossings will be made more safe. That is needed as well, as double tracks still are a rarity in large parts of the island of Java.

At this moment, construction work for the track between Cirebon and Brebes, Brebes and Tegal, and Tegal and Pekalongan is ongoing. In 2012 the double track will be constructed between Pekalongan and Semarang with a length of 90 kilometers, Semarang - Bojonegoro with a length of 175 kilometers and Bojonegoro - Surabaya with a length of 105 kilometers.

Currently only short stretches of railroad are double track in Indonesia. A large part of the double track railroad is located in the Greater Jakarta area, where they have recently started operating some form of MRT (mass rapid transit) to cope with rapidly increasing number of passengers on a network that is mostly based on 19th century planning and construction.

Elsewhere on Java there is a double track between the cities of Yogyakarta and Solo. On this route a passenger train runs between the two cities with increasing frequency, also to cope with ever increasing numbers of passengers.


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