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Last batch of rails for Jakarta-Bandung HSR arrives in Indonesia

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JAKARTA, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) — The last batch of 6,600 tons of rails of Jakarta-Bandung High Speed Railway (HSR) arrived at the Cilacap Port in Indonesia’s Central Java province, the railway’s operator said on Tuesday.

A statement released by KCIC, a joint venture consortium between Chinese and Indonesian state-owned firms that runs the 142.3-km HSR, said the arrival creates conditions for the track laying of Jakarta-Bandung HSR and provides strong support for accelerating the project construction.

The total amount of steel rails, weighted 38,100 tons, were shipped by sea from port of Fangchenggang city in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in five batches and arrived in Indonesia in 10 months.

The rails will be transported to the track-laying base of the Tegal Luar Depot, on the outskirt of West Java province’s capital Bandung in batches via the existing narrow-gauge railway.

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KCIC said the rails will be further welded into 500-meter-long steel rails in Tegal Luar and put into use in the whole line.

With a speed of 350 km per hour, the high-speed railway will cut the journey between Jakarta and Bandung, the capital of West Java province, from more than three hours to around 40 minutes.

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