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October 15, 2019

Typhoon Hagibis disrupts rail services in Japan

Typhoon Hagibis has caused widespread destruction in Japan and led to disruption to train services.

Typhoon Hagibis has caused widespread destruction in Japan and led to disruption to train services.

One-third of the Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet trains owned by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) were damaged due to flooding.

The company said that the rainwater entered Hokuriku Shinkansen depot in Nagano when the Chikuma River overflowed. The facility is used to store and repair bullet trains.

The water caused damage to ten trains (120 carriages). According to The Japan Times, the total damage to the trains is estimated to be JPY32.8bn ($302.8m).

The Hokuriku Shinkansen fleet is operated by both West Japan Railway Company (JR West) and JR East.

Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) had to cancel the high-speed Tokaido Shinkansen train services from 12 to 13 October

Both JR East and JR West have started an hourly service from Tokyo to Nagano.

For access to the Hokuriku area and Kanazawa, JR East has directed passengers to use JR Central’s Tokaido Shinkansen to Maibara station and take the Shirasagi Express operated by JR West.

The Tokyo Metro service was suspended on 12 October. It resumed normal operations from 13 October.

Japanese newspaper NHK reported that the Yamagata Shinkansen services were cancelled on 13 October. The services on the Tohoku and Akita Shinkansen services were delayed due to dirt and rocks on the tracks.

The Sanyo Shinkansen and Tokaido services also commenced on 13 October.

The Japanese railway operators will resume services after completing necessary safety checks.

Airlines were also cancelled due to the typhoon. Around 800 domestic flights were suspended on 13 October. Passengers are advised to check the updated schedules and updates on the company websites.

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