Freight line use eyed to speed JR access to Haneda

JIJI

East Japan Railway Co. is considering taking advantage of a disused freight train track to improve access to Tokyo International Airport at Haneda, company officials said.

Connecting the Tokaido freight line that runs along Tokyo Bay with passenger railway networks would shorten travel time to and from Haneda, JR East officials said.

Many consider Tokyo Monorail, operated by a JR East unit, an inconvenient way to get to the airport because of the need to transfer from trains.

In addition, the monorail may not have the capacity to handle the expected surge in passenger traffic due to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and an increase in the number of landing slots at the airport.

Because the freight line would have to be extended and a tunnel built, which would affect airport operations, some are concerned the work wouldn’t be completed in time for the Olympics.