2 train lines connected in central Tokyo for direct service

2 train lines connected in central Tokyo for direct service : A subway line running beneath some of Tokyo’s main commercial hubs and a train line serving major residential and commercial areas in the southwest of the metropolis started integrated service Saturday, directly linking cities surrounding the capital.

The Tokyu Toyoko Line has been linked with the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line at Shibuya station, one of the busiest terminals in central Tokyo. Passengers can now travel between Yokohama in Kanagawa Prefecture and western regions of Saitama Prefecture without the need to transfer.

By linking the two lines, their operators Tokyu Corp. and Tokyo Metro Co. will also provide a commuter service directly competing with that of East Japan Railway Co. between Yokohama and Ikebukuro in Tokyo, a major commercial district and a key terminal for trains stretching to cities in Saitama, north of Tokyo.

The fastest train of the newly connected service will link Yokohama with Ikebukuro in 38 minutes for 450 yen, while that of East Japan Railway travels between them in 35 minutes for 620 yen.

To link the two lines, the Tokyu Toyoko Line’s elevated platforms at Shibuya were closed early Saturday and the new platforms in the fifth basement floor have come into service. Tokyu’s Shibuya station was first built in 1927 and some 420,000 passengers use it every day.

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Source : mainichi

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