JR West's Geibi Line Fully Reopens 15 Months after Heavy Rain

Society

Hiroshima, Oct. 23 (Jiji Press)--West Japan Railway Co. <9021>, or JR West, fully reopened its Geibi Line on Wednesday,15 months after the heavy rains that ravaged Hiroshima Prefecture and other western areas of Japan.

"We'll treasure afresh the Geibi Line and carefully use the important asset," Kazumi Matsui, mayor of Hiroshima, the capital of the prefecture, said at a ceremony held at Hiroshima Station in the city. "JR West hopes to make good use of it with people in communities around the line," he added.

Makoto Kitano, president of the railway operator's Hiroshima branch, said: "It took a lot of time to restore services because the damage from the disaster was tremendous. We had felt sorry for inconveniencing users."

In JR West's service area, all railway sections that had been suspended due to the heavy rains have now been brought back into service.

On the Geibi Line, services between Karuga and Naka-Mita stations, both in the city of Hiroshima, were suspended as a bridge was lost in the torrential rain. A new bridge was completed recently, and then final safety checks and test train runs were conducted.

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