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Monday, 13th July 2015
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Tokyo to introduce 2 new subway lines

Plans have been announced by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to build two new subway lines in the Japanese capital.

The proposed lines will be part of a larger redevelopment project and should allow locals and visitors to get to more destinations in the city conveniently.

One of the additional links will provide services between Tokyo Station and the Rinkai waterfront area, with stops at the likes of Ginza, Harumi and Ariake on the way, Fuji TV reports.

The other line will connect central Tokyo with Shinagawa, which will be useful for anyone seeking onward travel, as the latter station will be the start of the Linear Chuo Shinkansen when it opens in 2027.

As well as creating two extra routes, the authority has also suggested that the existing Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line may be extended from Shirokane-Takanawa Station.

So far, there has been no indication as to when the proposed subway lines might be completed or how much the budget will be for the project.

A spokesman for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said that the Transport Ministry's policy council will be asked to include the new lines in its national policy on rail expansion.

The East Japan Railway Company has already unveiled its plans for three new lines, all of which will start at Haneda Airport.

They will then transport passengers arriving at the facility to central Tokyo, Shinjuku and Shin-kiba, cutting journey times significantly.

Design and planning for this project is expected to be carried out over the next three years, with the lines being ready by 2020. An estimated projection of cost stands at 320 billion yen (£16,65897300).

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