Taiwan selects alignment for Taipei to Yilan high speed rail.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications has selected the alignment for the extension of the Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) network. Currently, the THSR network runs from Kaohsiung City in the south of the island, up through the heavily populated cities of Taiwan’s western region, and ends in Taipei City. The extended line will travel to the north-eastest Yilan Dsitrict.
After being given three possible alignments to choose from, the ministry has selected the longest route as it avoids the Feitsui Water Reservoir that provides water to Taipei City. Although the route selected is the longest, the extra time taken for the journey is only around 30 to 60 seconds, so the ministry felt that it was the best possible option.
The new line should also improve transport links between New Taipei City’s Shulin District and Keelung City’s Qidu District.
Although the route will avoid the Feitsui Water Reservoir, environmental impact assessments still need to be conducted and this may take some time. The route will require 11.4km or tunnels and may take around ten years to reach completion.
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