Construction starts on Central Java airport rail link

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INDONESIA: Construction has started on a 13.5km rail link connecting Adi Sumarmo International Airport and Central Java from Surakarta (also known as Solo).

The line will be built by a consortium of Indonesian Railways (KAI), PT Angkasa Pura I, and PT Pembanunan Perumahan.

The line will run on 3.5km of existing rail tracks and 10km newly built tracks. Journey time from the airport to the city centre will take 15 minutes.

The airport, which currently handles 1.5 million passengers per year, is also being doubled in size. The work on the airport and the rail link due to be completed in 2018.