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JR Shibuya Station opens new Saikyo Line platform

Jiji

East Japan Railway Co. opened a new platform for its Saikyo Line for use Monday at Shibuya Station in Tokyo.

The railway operator moved the Saikyo Line platform north by about 350 meters so that the new platform and the Yamanote Line platforms are positioned side-by-side to shorten the time needed for passengers to change trains by up to five minutes.

The new platform is also expected to boost convenience because it is directly connected to the train station’s Hachiko and South gates.

According to JR East, it expanded the platform’s width by some two meters. The old platform will be used as a passageway to and from the New South Gate.

The area around the station is currently undergoing re-development. In November last year, Shibuya Scramble Square, the tallest mixed-use skyscraper in the busy Shibuya district, opened.

JR East kicked off construction projects at the station in 2015.

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