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The talkative GTX-D eventually goes to ‘Buseon Kim’… Gangnam Connection Musan

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Residents of Gimpo Geomdan are protesting urging the GTX-D route to be connected directly to Seoul. [뉴스 1]

Contrary to local demands, GTX-D, the western region express railway, which was controversial because the route was greatly reduced, was finally confirmed as the ‘Gimbu Line (Gimpo Janggi Station – Bucheon Sports Complex Station)’. Also included was a plan to extend some GTX-D trains to Yeouido and Yongsan in Seoul using GTX-B tracks.

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport confirms 4th national rail network plan
GTX-D built Gimpo~Bucheon Stadium
Directly connected to Yongsan and Yeouido via Line B
Additional review of Seoul Line 5 extension project

Instead, the extension project of Gimpo and Geomdan of Seoul Subway Line 5 was newly reflected as an additional review project. As the subway line 5 extension project is also a major regional demand, it means that we will review the implementation according to changes in future conditions.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced on the 29th that the ‘4th National Railway Network Construction Plan’ containing these contents was finally confirmed after deliberation by the Railway Industry Committee. A total of 119.8 trillion won will be invested in the 4th national rail network construction plan confirmed on the same day.

It is planned to raise 72.4 trillion won from the national budget, 10.4 trillion won from local funds, and 37 trillion won from private investment, public corporations, and others. The finalized 4th railway network plan will be announced in the Official Gazette among the following:

It was decided to construct a double-track railway by investing KRW 2.247.5 trillion in the 21.1km section between Andaero Gimpo Janggi Station and Bucheon Sports Complex Station, which was unveiled at a public hearing on April 22 for the Western Region Express Railway, which drew attention. 〈Jungang Ilbo April 13th report〉

Initially, Gimpo, Geomdan, Hanam, and Seoul requested a route from Gimpo to Gangnam to Hanam. However, Lee Woo-je, head of the railway policy division at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, explained, “The new section between Gimpo and Bucheon was adopted by comprehensively considering policy aspects such as economic efficiency, total project cost, and balanced national development for each alternative.

‘Buseon Kim’ costs 2.2 trillion won, while Gyeonggi-do is 6.4 trillion won, and Incheon City demands close to 10 trillion won. Manager Lee said, “If the local government’s proposal is implemented, an additional 4.2 trillion won to 7.3 trillion won will be required, so the balance of investment between the capital and non-metropolitan areas has to be considered.”

Instead, it is decided to extend some GTX-D trains to Yeouido and Yongsan by sharing the track of GTX-B (Songdo ~ Maseok) currently under construction. It is explained that the GTX-B has enough line capacity, so there is no problem even if line D and line are used together.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport also added the Gimpo-Geomdan extension project of Seoul Subway Line 5, which was not originally announced at the public hearing, as an additional review project. However, whether the additional review project is carried out depends on the future conditions.

A mock-up of the Metropolitan Express Railway (GTX)-A railcar linking Paju Unjeong and Hwaseong Dongtan.[중앙일보]

A mock-up of the Metropolitan Express Railway (GTX)-A railcar linking Paju Unjeong and Hwaseong Dongtan.[중앙일보]

In addition, the single-track railway project (Dalbit Inland Railway) of 199 km between Songjeong and Seodae-gu in Gwangju, which was not previously available, was added to this finalized plan. The total project cost is 4.5 trillion won. The Jeonju-Gimcheon project was reflected as an additional review project.

In the case of the ‘Oseong-Cheongju Airport’ route, which has been controversial as to whether or not to pass through the city center, two alternatives will be considered: a plan to utilize the existing Chungbuk Line and a plan to pass through the city center of Cheongju in the future project promotion process.

Plans to expand the track capacity of high-speed rail bottleneck sections such as Susaek-Geumcheon-gu Office and Gwangmyeong-Pyeongtaek, and increase the high-speed rail network to connect major bases across the country within two hours will also be pursued as originally planned.

However, not all projects are promoted just because they are included in the railroad network plan. According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, projects reflected in the railway network plan are carried out in the following steps: Pre-feasibility study → Pre-feasibility study pass (or exemption) → Basic plan establishment → Basic and detailed design → Construction start procedure. This means that it may not be possible to proceed through the example etc.

Gabsaeng Kang, traffic reporter [email protected]


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