Gambir to stop serving long-haul trains in 2021 as Manggarai set to take over as Jakarta’s railway hub

3D drawing detailing expansion plans for Manggarai station. Photo: Twitter/@kemenhub151
3D drawing detailing expansion plans for Manggarai station. Photo: Twitter/@kemenhub151

Manggarai train station in South Jakarta is currently being developed into Jakarta’s central station, which will see it take train traffic away from Central Jakarta’s Gambir.

According to the Transport Ministry, Gambir — which currently serves as Jakarta’s hub for inter-city trains — will no longer serve long-haul trains once work on the expansion of Manggarai is completed in 2021.

“So when construction at Manggarai is complete, all long-haul trains that have stopped at Gambir all this time will stop in Manggarai,” said Transport Ministry Railway Directorate spokesman Supandi, as quoted by Detik today.

Supandi added that the transfer of functions between the two stations is likely to take place at the end of 2021.

Manggarai is currently one of the few major hubs for KRL Commuterline trains, serving as a transit point for passengers from popular lines such as Bekasi, Bogor, and Jakarta Kota. 

The station also began operating the Airport train on Oct. 5 and is currently in the midst of a major expansion to fulfill plans to make it Jakarta’s railway hub. Among the works to be done is the construction of an exclusive railway for the Airport train, which currently shares the same railway with KRL Commuterline trains.

Gambir currently does not serve KRL Commuterline trains, but it will after 2021, along with tourist trains and presidential trains, Supandi said.

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