June 03, 2016

Busan to start work on fifth metro line

Written by  Andy Tebay
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The new line will use the same rubber-tyred technology already in use on Line 4. The new line will use the same rubber-tyred technology already in use on Line 4. Wikipedia/Minseong Kim CC by SA 4.0

THE Korean port city of Busan is expected to launch construction this month on its fifth metro line, which will run south from an interchange with metro Line 2 and the Busan-Gimhae Light Rail Transit (BGT) at Sasang to Hadan on Line 4.

The 6.9km six-station line will run underground for its entire length and will use the same rubber-tyred vehicles developed by Woojin Industrial Systems, Korea, that are used on Line 4.

Completion of the Won 538.8bn ($US 454m) project is scheduled for 2021 and while the official name of the line has not yet been finalised, it is expected to become Line 5.

Construction of a second phase from Hadan to Noksan will begin next year and a further extension to Gedeok Island is envisaged in the longer-term.

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