KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 21 (Bernama) -- The trial run of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway (HSR) line between Tegalluar station and Casting Yard No. 4 was successfully conducted on Nov 16.
According to a statement today, the HSR line is a landmark project under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and represents the first overseas application of a full Chinese high-speed railway system.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Chinese President Xi Jinping witnessed the occasion on the sidelines of a bilateral meeting following the G20 Summit in Bali.
It said that in addition to offering more commuting convenience to the local people, the project is expected to deliver a huge boost to Indonesia's economic development and social progress, and help upgrade the country's railway technology and related industries, which is a win-win situation for both sides.
“During the trial run, the high-speed railway comprehensive inspection trains conducted comprehensive inspections on subgrade, track, communication, signal, traction power supply and other systems.
“All obtained indicators suggested good performance, marking the success of the first trial operation of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway jointly developed by China and Indonesia,” it said.
With a designed speed of 350 km per hour, the line will cut the journey time between Jakarta and Bandung, Indonesia's fourth-largest city, from over three hours to around 40 minutes.
It said that China's energy infrastructure giant PowerChina - one of the developers of the HSR that undertook the laying of 279.4 km main track - revealed that its total contract value under construction in Indonesia has exceeded US$3 billion. (US$1=RM4.58)
It added that the company is also committed to the development and construction of local green energy projects in Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam, the Philippines and other regions and countries.
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