JR East Eyeing 1.2-T.-Yen Safety Investment over 5 Years

Economy

Tokyo, Nov. 6 (Jiji Press)--East Japan Railway Co. <9020>, or JR East, said Tuesday that it will invest some 1.2 trillion yen in safety measures over five years from fiscal 2019.

The railway operator for the first time set a target of reducing the number of accidents related to train operations, such as crashes, derailments and problems at crossings, by 20 pct by fiscal 2023 from the fiscal 2018 level.

JR East plans to accelerate the installations of platform screen doors at stations on its key railway lines in the Tokyo metropolitan area and paint platform edges in red or orange to alert passengers to the danger of falling onto the tracks.

Through these measures, the firm aims to reduce the number of such falling accidents at stations by 30 pct from fiscal 2018.

As part of measures to prevent accidents at crossings, JR East will install warning lights that can be seen from all directions and develop highly accurate obstacle-sensing devices.

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