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Taiwan to Extend Bullet Train Line in Boon to Japan Players - Premier

Infra News - Published on Mon, 16 Sep 2019

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Nikkei Asia, citing Mr Su Tseng-chang, premier, reported that Taiwan will add a new section to the south end of the high-speed railway traversing the island's western coast, a move likely to create opportunities for builders and newly served areas. Four routes are under consideration for the extension from Kaohsiung to the southern county of Pingtung. The project would serve to combine the flow of people and goods and make Taiwan as a whole more competitive. The project is forecast to take at least a decade and cost at least USD 1.77 billion. The timing of the announcement has raised speculation that the government in Taipei is seeking to build support ahead of elections through promoting economic development in the island's south. The project is of particular interest to Japanese companies, who have provided shinkansen bullet-train technology, as well as all the rolling stock, for Taiwan's high-speed railway.

The least costly proposal, seen as a leading plan, involves extending the line 17.5 kilometer to the east from its current terminus at Kaohsiung's Zuoying Station to a new station about 15 minutes' ride away. Pingtung, located on the island's southern coast, is a heavily agricultural county with a population of just over 800,000. Officials there and people related to the project intend to leverage the extension to develop tourism and attract industry to the area.

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Mon, 16 Sep 2019
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