This was followed the next day by the official launch of work on the 113km Kanazawa - Tsuruga section of the Hokuriku Shinkansen. Construction will also begin on August 25 on the 211km Shin-Hakodate - Sapporo stretch of the Hokkaido Shinkansen.\r\nThe final part of the Nagaskai \u2013 Hakata Shinkansen is an extension of a 45km section which is already under construction between Isahaya and Take-Onsen. When the two segments are completed in 2022, the journey time from Hakata to Nagasaki will be cut by 28 minutes to 1h 20min.\r\nThe Nagasaki \u2013 Hakata Shinkansen includes 51km of 1067mm-gauge track between Shin-Tosu and Takeo-Onsen. JR Kyushu plans to introduce the so-called Free-Gauge Train, a gauge-changeable emu, to enable through operation between the 1067mm gauge and standard-gauge sections. The Free Gauge Train has been under development by the Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency (JRTT) and the Railway Technology Research Institute RTRI) since 1994.