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Indonesia may extend high-speed railway to cover airports

But project remains hampered by obstacles two years after construction began

Workers prepare land for the site of planned high-speed railway in a Bandung suburb.

BANDUNG, Indonesia -- The route for Indonesia's first high-speed railway may be extended by roughly 60km to reach airports, despite major construction delays that raise concerns about completing even the original project.

The railway was designed to provide a 45-minute link between Jakarta and Bandung, the provincial capital of West Java. But the planned 140km line may be rolled out further to just over 200km, as the government looks to add links to the gateway Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on the western outskirts of Jakarta as well as a new international airport being built near Bandung.

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