Bullet train linking Tokyo and Hokkaido unable to hit sub 4-hour target

posted on December 7, 2015

Despite pressure to make the run in under four hours to compete with airlines, the fastest bullet train between Tokyo and Hokkaido will take four hours and two minutes, it was revealed Dec. 3.

The government, ruling parties and local authorities along the route were pressing for less than four hours, a time that was believed would convince travelers to hop on a train rather than a plane.

But Hokkaido Railway Co. (JR Hokkaido) and East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) concluded that it would be difficult to maintain a schedule of under four hours due to expected delays caused by high winds and snow.

The Hokkaido Shinkansen Line will link Tokyo Station and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station in Hokkaido.

The fastest carriage, "Hayabusa," will take two hours and 59 minutes between Tokyo and Shin-Aomori Station (713.7 kilometers), which will be operated by JR East as the Tohoku Shinkansen Line. It will stop at Shin-Aomori for two minutes to change drivers.

source by asahi
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