Train Services to Kansai Airport Resume 2 Weeks after Typhoon
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Osaka, Sept. 18 (Jiji Press)--The railway on the bridge connecting Kansai International Airport on an artificial island in western Japan and the mainland went back into operations Tuesday, two weeks after a powerful typhoon caused a tanker to crash into the bridge.
West Japan Railway Co. <9021>, or JR West, and Nankai Electric Railway Co. <9044> restarted their services on the railway from the day's first trains, greatly improving access to the airport in Osaka Prefecture.
The development is expected to support the airport's efforts for full service restoration. It is a major gateway to western Japan regions.
Driven by strong winds from Typhoon Jebi, the Houn Maru tanker crashed into the bridge on Sept. 4, causing damage to the structure, such as the distortion of bridge beams.
While the bridge beams were removed, no major damage was found on the rail tracks, according to sources including JR West. The two railway operators therefore moved up the resumption of their train services from the earlier planned Friday.
[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]