WHEELS IN MOTION:
With even the premier giving positive feedback on the project, the transport ministry aims to review a draft plan by next month
By Chen Hsin-yu and William Hetherington / Journalist, with editor
A site 350m south of the Yilan County Hotel has been assessed and turned out to be the optimal location for a high-speed rail station (LGV) project, the Minister of Transportation and Transportation said yesterday. Communications Wang Kwo-tsai (çå æ).
âWe have received positive feedback from everyone on this proposal, including Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang (èè²æ),â Wang said.
Work on the project is expected to start in 2025 and finish by 2036, he added.
Photo: Lin Ching-lun, Taipei Times
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications offered the site as a fifth option in a briefing on November 17, saying the rail line would bypass downtown Yilan.
Progressive Democratic Party lawmaker Chen Ou-po (é³ æç) said at the time that the majority of Yilan residents wanted the high-speed train station to be in downtown Yilan, but did not want the project to interfere. with the construction of the Yilan railway viaduct at Yilan Station.
The ministry said the contractor would build the new high-speed railway station to have a platform for the elevated rail of the Taiwan Railway Administration, which would run between Yilan Station and Luodong Station in South.
Another announcement on the project would be made before the end of the month, he said.
A draft plan will be reviewed by the ministry before next month, which, if approved, will undergo an environmental impact assessment, Wang said.
The proposed site has received approval from Chen, Su, Speaker of Legislative Assembly You Si-kun (æ¸¸é«å ), Yilan County Commissioner Lin Tzu-miao (æå§¿ å¦), Chairman of County Council of Yilan, Chang Chien-jung (å¼µå»ºæ¦®), the mayor of Yilan city, Chiang Tsung-yuan (æ±è°æ·µ) and other county officials, he said.
However, the ministry was still in talks with officials from Jiaosi County (ç¤æºª), he added.
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