Sanyo Shinkansen Line to get major overhaul from 2028


The aging Sanyo Shinkansen Line will undergo major renovations from 2028, the line’s operator said Wednesday. The work on bridges, tunnels and embankments will take a decade.

West Japan Railway Co., known as JR West, estimates the total cost at ¥155.7 billion, part of which will be financed through reserves set aside from April.

The line began life in 1972, with services between Shin-Osaka and Okayama stations. It was extended westward to Hakata Station in Fukuoka Prefecture three years later.

JR West submitted the renovation plan to the transport ministry on Wednesday.