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JR East to move Iidabashi Station by 200 meters to reduce safety risks

Kyodo

East Japan Railway Co. plans to move the platform of Iidabashi Station on its Chuo Line in central Tokyo to reduce safety risks for passengers ahead of the 2020 Olympics.

The station, in Chiyoda Ward, is built on a curve, causing gaps as wide as 33 cm to form between the train and the platform. Passengers have stepped into the gaps accidentally, causing some to fall.

JR East said it will fix the problem in time for the Tokyo Olympics by moving the platform to the west by 200 meters.

The station will undergo major renovations, the company said, including work on the station building and areas outside of it.