BRI-linked high-speed trains head to Indonesia

On Sunday, a set of high-speed trains for the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway was delivered by ship from Qingdao, Shandong province, to Indonesia. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

The first batch of Chinese-made high-speed trains, customized for Indonesia’s Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, will arrive in the Southeast Asian country by the end of this month, marking a milestone important for China’s high-speed train industry, said manufacturer CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co Ltd.

Departing from Qingdao Port in east China’s Shandong Province, CRRC Qingdao Sifang, a subsidiary of state-owned China Railway Rolling Stock Corp, will transport 11 sets of electric passenger trains and one passenger train. inspection to Indonesia for the landmark project under the Belt and Road Initiative. .

Transported by COSCO Shipping Specialized Carriers Co Ltd, China’s largest specialized shipping operator by fleet size, the trains will reach Jakarta within days, and delivery of the rest will be completed in batches by early 2023, a said Ma Qiang, vice president of the company’s overseas business unit.

Their delivery will lay a solid foundation for the high-quality and timely completion of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, Ma said.

When completed, the 142 kilometer modern railway will be the first in Southeast Asia capable of handling trains traveling at speeds of up to 350 kilometers per hour. It will reduce travel time between the national capital, Jakarta, and Bandung, the provincial capital of West Java, from over three hours to just 40 minutes.

Jakarta-based PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia-China, the main contractor for the railway project, said construction work was 85% complete in July. It should be fully completed by the end of the year.

The 11 passenger trains, also known as electric multiple units, were designed and manufactured by CRRC Qingdao Sifang. They feature advanced smart technology, safety protocols, strong environmental adaptability and distinctive local characteristics, said Zhang Fangtao, chief designer of EMUs at CRRC Qingdao Sifang.

Each eight-car train consists of a first-class car, a dining car and six second-class cars, with a total capacity of 601 passengers.

“The EMUs are equipped with 2,500 monitoring points for rapid detection, early warning and diagnostics of all key systems. The inspection train has been designed to provide comprehensive inspection functions for the railroad at high-speed Jakarta-Bandung, including a diverse range of inspection equipment for track alignment, overhead wires, and communication and signaling systems,” Zhang said.

Similar to the high-speed rail services in China, which have effectively boosted business activities along the rail networks, the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway will enrich the development of infrastructure facilities and generate new growth points at the both in the service sector and service trade in China. Indonesia and Southeast Asia, said Luo Renjian, a researcher at the Transport Research Institute, which operates under the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s main economic regulator. country.

Luo said the 1,035 km Laos-China railway linking Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province, to Lao capital Vientiane, is another example of enhanced cooperation between China. and countries participating in the BRI. It has already expanded land trade between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Spurred by increased trade volume, favorable policy measures brought by the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and other factors, Laos-China Railway Co Ltd, a Vientiane-based joint venture responsible for operating the section Laos Railway, announced in early August that since its opening in December, cross-border products transported by the railway have exceeded 1 million tonnes.

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