Construction has begun on a TWD1.5bn ($51.7m) high-speed rail (HSR) station in Yunlin County, Taiwan.
The project is part of Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation’s (THSRC) plan to invest TWD$7.5bn ($258m) to add three new stations, including stations in Miaoli and Changhua counties.
According to the Bureau of High Speed Rail in Taiwan, construction work on the HSR stations in Miaoli and Changhua is expected to start on 25 January and 6 February 2013 respectively, with operations at all three stations scheduled to be launched in 2015.
Taiwan has already completed construction of the HSR station in Nangang, Taipei, and handed it over to the THSRC to equip it with machinery and railway tracks before 2015.
As there is a land subsidence problem in Yunlin County, a new construction method will be adopted to build the station to prevent sinking.
During construction, solid and high-density expandable polystyrene (EPS) will be used to fill the ground instead of dirt to ensure the stability of the station.
Following completion, Taiwan’s high-speed rail route will serve a total of 12 stations and the journey time from Taipei to Kaohsiung will not exceed 96 minutes.
According to THSRC, journey times between the two cities would increase to two-and-a-half hours if the train stops at every station along the route except Nangang.