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Monday, April 22, 2013

Connection of the Tokyu Toyoko and Fukutoshin railway lines in Tokyo

 東急東横線・副都心線 相互直通運転

Last week, on Tuesday April 16, the Tokyo metropolitan railway network was expanded with the connection of the Tokyu Toyoko and Fukutoshin lines.

The 1.4km of the Toyoko line between Shibuya and Daikanyama has been routed underground, and now connects to the Fukutoshin line at Shibuya station. The above-ground station of the Toyoko line was closed, and is now underground, shared with the Fukutoshin line station. The direct link to the Hibiya line was also discontinued.

Thanks to this, six Tokyo metropolitan area lines have been brought together. It is now possible to take a through train from the  Tobu Toji line or Seibu Ikebukuro line, via the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho line or the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin line, to the Tokyu Toyoko line or the Yokohama Kosoku Tetsudo Minatomirai line, allowing through passage all the way to Motomachi-Chukagai Station in Yokohama.

The Toyoko line has thus become part of the metropolitan railway network.

This development has been accompanied by station improvements made to the Shibuya-to-Yokohama line. Stations between Shibuya and Yokohama have been upgraded to allow 10-car limited express, commuter limited express, and express trains. Platforms have also been widened and made more accessible for wheelchair users and physically challenged.

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