Sanriku Railway started its reconstruction work

By Kikki - Last updated: 金曜日, 11月 4, 2011 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

– East Japan Great Earthquake & Tsunami Disaster–

The third sector ‘Sanriku Railway Co.’ has started reconstruction on November 3, which was suffered heavy damage from the East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on March 11.

About 71.4 km of the railway has been suspended and its reconstruction will be carried out in three steps. Between Rikuchu-noda and Noda-tamagawa stations (4.0km) will be finished and start running the line between Kuji and Tanohata stations by April, 2012. The railway company plans to reopen its whole line (107.6 km) by April, 2014.

The ground-breaking ceremony and the Shinto ritual praying for safety reconstruction work were performed at the site in Noda village on this day.

First of all, the foundation of rail tracks damaged by the tsunami will be reconstructed between Rikuchu-noda and Noda-tamagawa stations. The reconstruction work between Noda-tamagawa and Tanohata stations will be carried out at the same time, so the line between Kuji and Tanohata stations (35.4 km) will be connected by April, 2012.

And then, the lines between Sakari and Yoshihama stations (21.6km) on the South Rias Line will be reopened by April, 2013 and between Omoto and Tanohata stations (10.5km) on the North Rias Line and between Yoshihama and Kamaishi stations (15km) on the South Rias Line will be by April, 2014, respectively.

About two third of the Sanriku rail way has been suspended now. Total cost for reconstruction will be about 11 billion yen. 575 million yen for design and planning will be supported by Iwate prefecture. Also the rest of total reconstruction cost will be supported by the nation.

‘We really appreciate the support from the nation as well as from the prefecture. We try our best for total recovery of the rail as soon as possible, which promotes reconstruction of cities and towns along the coast line of Sanriku.’ The president, Mr. Masahiko Mochizuki expressed.


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