JR East to spend ¥1 trillion on safety features, including station barriers


East Japan Railway Co. will invest ¥1 trillion in safety measures over the five years starting in fiscal 2014.

JR East will install barriers with automated doors on station platforms to prevent passengers from falling onto tracks, and will reinforce bridges and station buildings to make them more resistant to earthquakes.

The railway plans to introduce the platform barriers and doors in 23 of the 29 stations on the Yamanote Line in central Tokyo by the end of March 2016, two years earlier than previously planned.

Since its establishment in 1987, JR East has spent more than ¥3 trillion on safety measures. The firm’s current five-year safety investment will reach ¥840 billion at the end of fiscal 2013.

For the coming five years, safety-related outlays will increase some 20 percent to a record high for the carrier, officials said.