The government will close about 1,000 railway crossings from Jakarta to Surabaya to make way for the medium-speed rail project connecting Jakarta with Surabaya, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has said.
The project will use existing railway tracks.
“The project will use the existing rail tracks. This means we must eliminate some of the railway crossings,” said Budi over the weekend as reported by kompas.com. To eliminate the railway crossings to help trains move along with fewer barriers, the government will construct overpasses or underpasses, the minister added. The project also involves the repair of railway track, Budi said. He added that the project would be run by the Public Works and Public Housing Ministry. Previously, the government considered developing new tracks for the link. Budi said the government finally decided to use the existing tracks after considering the cost of the project.
“Based on our calculations, the project will cost Rp 80 trillion [US$6.04 billion],” he said, adding that diesel-technology locomotives will pull the trains instead of electric ones as planned before. The speed is set to reach 160 kilometers per hour. Once completed, passengers will be able to reach Surabaya from Jakarta in five hours.