INDONESIA: On the fringes of the Asian-African Summit on April 22, President Joko Widodo and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding for the two countries to co-operate on the development of a high speed line between Jakarta and Bandung.
Provisionally costed at US$6·7bn, the high speed line forms one of a number of infrastructure projects in various sectors covered by the memorandum. A Japanese-led pre-feasibility study in 2011 had examined the viability of the proposed 144 km route, which would offer an end-to-end journey time of approximately 45 min. Currently national operator PT KAI’s locomotive-hauled services over the 170 km conventional line take around 3 h.
Money would be better spent in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand to Burma and Europe Standard Gauge Railway.