Korea to build high speed regional network

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) in South Korea plans to establish master plan for construction of high-speed Great Train eXpress (GTX) line linking Ilsan and Samseong.

MOLIT plans to open GTX A in 2023 and the 37.4km section from Ilsan to Samseong will be built privately. With feasibility studies complete, a request for proposals will be issued later this year. A shortlist of candidates will be selected early in 2018 with the aim of starting construction towards the end of 2018.

Line GTX A services will operate at up to 180 km/h, linking Ilsan in northwest Gyeonggi-do with Seoul and Dongtan in the southeast of Gyeonggi-do.

GTX high-speed services will support long-distance travel within the densely-populated Seoul capital region. While Seoul is already well connected in terms of public transport, commuting to and from surrounding cities can be time-consuming due to the number of stops services make.

The three GTX lines that are currently planned for the region are: GTX A (Ilsan/Kintex – Dongtan), GTX B (Songdo – Cheongnyangni), GTX C (Uijeongbu – Geumjeong).

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