North Coast Road (Java)

The North Coast Road (Indonesian: Jalur Pantai Utara (Jalur Pantura)) is a road 1,430 km in length,[1] that connects Merak and Banyuwangi along the northern coast of Java, particularly between Jakarta and Surabaya.

Part of Java North Coast highway aerial view.

The most part of Java north coast road was built during the reign of governor-general of the Dutch East Indies Herman Willem Daendels (1808–1811) and was originally known as the Great Post Road (Indonesian: Jalan Raya Pos Dutch: De Grote Postweg).[2]

History of constructionEdit

The Great Post Road was a military road which was built under the order of King Lodewijk Napoleon who ruled the Kingdom of Holland at that time.[3] the road was intended to ease military support, e.g. transfer of soldiers, in order to defend Java from possible British invasion. It connects Anyer in western end and Panarukan in eastern end of Java. After Daendels rule, the eastern road was later extended to Banyuwangi. The Java Great Post Road consist the most parts of present Java North Coast Road. However the original post road is runs through Preanger (Priangan, West Java) highland, from Meester Cornelis (Jatinegara) went south to Buitenzorg (Bogor), and went east to Cianjur, Bandung, Sumedang, and Cirebon. The current north coast road runs through coastal northern West Java which built later after the construction of Daendels' post road. It connects Bekasi, Karawang, Pamanukan, and Cirebon.

Most of today national road network in Java was built during Dutch East Indies era. However, during Suharto era around the 1980s, the toll road network system was introduced within the whole Java transportation network. The Java toll network highway is continuously expanded, and today some of these toll roads formed Java north coast road.


Java's North Coast Road

As the Great Post Road, it originally ran from Anyer in the west of Java to Panarukan in the east, but was later extended to Banyuwangi.[3] In its current form the North Coast Road runs through five provinces: Banten, DKI Jakarta, West Java, Central Java and East Java. The port of Merak forms the western terminus, connecting with Bakauheni in Sumatra, the southern end of the Trans-Sumatran Highway. The eastern end is situated at Ketapang with connections to Gilimanuk in Bali. Sections of the North Coast Road are going to be part of the 13,177 km   route of the Asian Highway Network route, which links Denpasar, Bali with Khosravi, Iran,[4] since some of the   is still under construction.   is a freeway limited to vehicles having at least 4 wheels. The North Coast Road also comprises   National 1, which is open to any vehicle.


The road connects the largest cities in Java, including Jakarta, Cilegon, Tangerang, Bekasi, Cirebon, Tegal, Pekalongan, Semarang, Rembang, Tuban, Surabaya, Pasuruan, Probolinggo and Banyuwangi.[4]

Toll roadsEdit

Road network of Java today.

The traffic of North Coast Road is gradually easing by the Trans-Java toll road and its complement toll roads.

Volume and hazardsEdit

This road is a major route for land transportation, being used by a range of 20,000 to 70,000 vehicles daily.[citation needed] The state of the road varies in condition, which can seriously affect traffic-flow.[5]

The North Coast Road is a major artery during the celebration of the Lebaran holiday, where transit is primarily west to east.

In Cikampek, there is a branch to Bandung (and cities of West Java in the southern part). In Tegal, there is a branch to Purwokerto (and the cities of Central Java in the southern part). In Semarang, there is a branch to east (Surabaya-Banyuwangi) and to the south (Solo-Madiun).


  1. ^ UN Economic & Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific: Asian Highway Database [1] Access date 29 March 2009
  2. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica: Herman Willem Daendels [2] Access date 29 March 2009
  3. ^ a b Peter Nas (2002). "Java and De Groote Postweg, La Grande Route, the Great Mail Road, Jalan Raya Pos" (PDF). In: Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde. 158. pp. 707–725. Retrieved 2007-10-25.
  4. ^ a b "Asian Highway Handbook" (PDF). UN Economic & Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. 2003. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  5. ^