The Bali Railway Network is a project that has been in the pipeline for years. Developments have been chugging away in the background for months and plans have changed and evolved as time progresses.
One thing is for sure, the ambitious project will revolutionize tourists’ transportation experience.
The multi-phase development project has been announced to feature both overground and underground railway lines.
James Clark from Future South East Asia has successfully complied and archived every incremental change and development about the project since its first proposal in 2011.
Clark has created the Bali Railway Concept Map which shows for the first time how all of the project proposals will look together when completed.
Each section of the railway, which covers a different section of the island, has been announced by the government and investors separately.
With the Bali Railway Concept Map, it is far easier to see how the railway’s system will eventually revolutionize the way in which residents and tourists navigate around the Island of the Gods.
The map features all the proposed routes, which include regional and national railway lines and the South Bali Metropolitan Railway which, as it stands, will feature railway lines and the beach tram.
This railway map is not an official government graphic but rather a concept map that brings together for the public’s benefit a visual demonstration of the plans outlined by officials.
The South Bali Metropolitan Railway is set to be comprised of a metro, light rail, and tram system. Line 1, which has been referred to as the Seminyak Line, is one of the most in-demand travel routes on the island.
The route is set to be an underground railway and will run from I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport to the beach resort of Seminyak.
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The line is set to stop at Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak and continue to what will be known as Seminyak Junction before traveling onwards to Kerobokan Kelod, Kerobokan, and Kerobokan Kaja, into North Denpasar.
This train line alone would completely change the way in which millions of residents and tourists experience the island almost overnight.
The traffic in Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak, through the airport, is famous amongst Bali lovers. However, more recently it is the traffic jams around Canggu that have been capturing the attention of road users.
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In the long term, there are proposals to establish a railway line that runs from the Seminyak area all the way through to Tanah Lot, which would encompass the ever-growing resort of Canggu.
As outlined as Line 3 on the concept map, the route would start at the Seminyak Junction and travel westerly along the southern coast stopping at Umalas, Tibubeneng, Canggu, Pererenan, Cemagi, Beraban, and Tanah Lot.
With all of the proposed train lines a long way off being constructed, let alone open to the public, the regency government of Badung has committed to leveling up road infrastructure in the popular resort town as soon as possible.
The Badung Regency Government has started construction on a new shortcut along the Tibubeneng-Canggu Highway.
The new road will help redirect traffic through a one-way system intersection that will hopefully alleviate some of the gridlock traffic on the highway.
It will help filter vehicles into the smaller roads that head directly towards the beachside resorts and hotels in Canggu.
Project managers confirmed to reporters earlier this week that progress on the new Simpang Padonan Road is going smoothly and on schedule.
Ketut Antara told reporters that the new road should be open on the 28th of December 2023.
The Christmas and New Year holidays make for two of the busiest weeks in Bali. Over a million people will arrive on the island to celebrate the festive season, including many domestic tourists who will travel by road from Java.
The roads will be busier than ever, and tourists are advised to leave plenty of time to get from A to B.
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