New Taipei Railroad Damaged by Landslide Reopens | Taiwan News

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) line in New Taipei City resumed operations on Monday, December 14 after being damaged by a landslide that nearly struck a train there. 10 days.

Transport Minister Lin Chia-long (林佳龍) was present as the rail section between Ruifang and Houtong stations welcomed its first train early Monday morning. The train left Badu Station in Keelung at 4.57am and passed through the landslide damaged section near Houtong Station at around 5.17am before reaching its destination, Jingtong Station in New Taipei.

In a press interview, Lin said the train was traveling at a reduced speed of 40 kilometers per hour near the affected area to ensure traffic safety. He thanked the workers for restoring most of the section damaged in bad weather and with the risk of another landslide, adding that more than 10,000 cubic meters of debris had been removed and nearly 300,000 people. forced to take another form of transportation during this period.

Lin said all two-way service on the east main line will resume on Tuesday (December 15). Meanwhile, more work is needed to strengthen the hill along the western mainline, which will likely remain closed for at least another month, ANC quoted him as saying.


Transport Minister Lin Chia-long greets a train at Houtong Station. (CNA photo)


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