Light Rail System planned to connect Bali DPS Airport with Seminyak and Canggu

Bali, 11th October 2023

Good News for Bali – Underground LRT planned to be running by 2026

Indonesia has set its sights on alleviating Bali’s worsening traffic situation by commencing the construction of an underground light rail transit system (LRT) next year. Bali, welcoming 16 million foreign and domestic visitors annually, has been grappling with traffic gridlock since reopening post-Covid-19.

Luhut Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, announced that the LRT project would connect the island’s international airport to sought-after tourist destinations like Canggu and Seminyak. Speaking in Jakarta, he emphasized that the LRT’s subterranean design aims to manage traffic congestion effectively by 2025-2026.

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Traffic is getting worse in Bali’s South

The airport is projected to handle an annual influx of 24 million travelers by 2026. Without such infrastructure improvements, the minster warned of potentially enduring three-hour waits at the airport. This vital project, initiated by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, has garnered interest from investment circles in China, and South Kora. According to the minister, the government is open to collaborating with nations that offer technology transfer, rapid implementation, and cost-effectiveness to support the project.

Bali’s journey towards implementing the LRT underscores the necessity of sustainable infrastructure development to address the island’s growing transportation and tourism challenges.

The fast development of Canggu as a thriving tourist destination has caused major traffic congestions. There are several bottle necks, where smaller roads connect to the main road, Jl Raya Canggu, that make it even difficult for motorbikes to get through, causing massive traffic jams, particularly during rush hours.

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