JR West to Run Last Trains Earlier

Economy

Osaka, Oct. 25 (Jiji Press)--West Japan Railway Co. <9021>, or JR West, is considering running its last trains of each day earlier than at present in the Kinki western Japan region, in a bid to improve the working environment for track maintenance workers, according to its president.

After making arrangements with the operators of connecting trains, JR West will amend its late night timetable as early as 2021, President Tatsuo Kijima said at a press conference on Thursday.

Track maintenance work is usually carried out after the last trains of the day finish their services. Many maintenance staff members thus work late at night, and the hard working conditions have led to serious labor shortages, according to JR West.

The company plans to run last trains earlier also because fewer passengers are now traveling late at night as people tend to get back home earlier than before.

The revised timetable is expected to mainly reflect changes to the times of trains operating past midnight. JR West hopes to make the amendments in a way that does not give too much inconvenience to users.

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