Indonesia’s Longest Elevated Railway Nears Completion in Solo, Central Java


Solo, The Gulf Observer: Indonesian Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi announced that the construction of Indonesia’s longest elevated railway at Joglo intersection in Solo, Central Java, is progressing as planned and is on track to be completed by September 2024.

In a statement released by the Ministry of Transportation, Minister Sumadi expressed satisfaction with the construction progress during his inspection of the railway development.

“Based on our assessment, the construction is proceeding according to our expectations. God willing, all works will be finished by September,” Minister Sumadi remarked.

The Joglo intersection elevated railway project is an integral part of the Solo-Semarang double tracks Phase I development initiative.

According to information provided on the ministry’s website, the elevated railway will span 1.8 kilometers, establishing itself as the longest of its kind in Indonesia.

Minister Sumadi highlighted the significance of the elevated railway in alleviating traffic congestion at the busy Joglo intersection.

“With seven roads intersecting at Joglo, a passing train can cause up to 30 minutes of congestion. Therefore, we are implementing an innovative solution by constructing a structure that will also become an iconic landmark for Solo city,” Minister Sumadi explained.

The design of the elevated railway incorporates elements representing Solo’s cultural identity, featuring motifs inspired by Sidomukti batik, the vibrant Klewer Market, and the majestic keraton (royal palace).

Inspector General Aan Suhanan, Head of the Traffic Corps (Korlantas) of the National Police (Polri), who accompanied Minister Sumadi during the inspection, emphasized the importance of the project for traffic management and safety.

“The elevated railway will significantly reduce traffic congestion and enhance safety at the Joglo intersection by replacing the level crossing,” Inspector General Suhanan stated.

The impending completion of Indonesia’s longest elevated railway underscores the government’s commitment to modernizing transportation infrastructure and addressing urban traffic challenges.