The joint commissioning and testing have commenced on the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed rail (HSR) in Indonesia. The testing will cover key systems including electricity supply, overhead catenary system, signalling, and the precaution monitoring system.

Additionally, trials at 180 km/hr have been completed using an inspection train and the speed will gradually be increased to 385 km/hr in the upcoming weeks.

After the completion of the joint commissioning and testing, further running trials and safety assessments will be conducted prior to the scheduled opening in August 2023.

The 143.2 km HSR rail is part of the Government of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Once completed, it will reduce travel time between Jakarta and Bandung from three hours to 40 minutes. Originally set to be operational by 2019, the project has faced multiple delays due to land acquisition issues, cost overruns and Covid-19 related slowdowns.