“After our vivid debate over the last months I, the ministry’s board of referees, the Kojo Hyengshō Sanan’s delegation as well as the city councils’ representatives have come to the unanimous decision to reject the proposal for such a Maglev project for the forseeable future.”
With these words, the Kojolese Minister for Commerce, Trade and Infrastructure announced the end of the long discussed new high-tech Maglev line that was supposed to connect the country’s capital Pyingshum with the cities of Kippa and Jaka at unprecedented speeds. According to the Minister, “The cost estimations alone already exceeded our expected macroeconomic benefits by as much as 150%; that is without any incalculable risks taken into consideration as well as the question of financing as a whole.”
While Kojo’s major cities are already well connected via the country’s IC (InterCity) highspeed railway network, travel times between the capital Pyingshum and Finkáse as well as between Pyingshum and Jaka remained just slightly too high to completely outbid domestic airtravel between these destinations, with airtravel still holding a market share of around 30%. Additionally, the country’s busiest high-speed railway line, the north-south corridor, became increasingly congested and train services had trouble keeping up with the demand.
Instead of installing a whole new system, the committee now decided on instead adding another two tracks to large parts of the north-south corridor and, when these are finished, upgrading the existing high-speed tracks to be capable of even higher speeds up to 340km/h in regular service. That way Kojo Hyengshō Sanan will be able to further diversify the IC services, with special IC expresses now being able to pass by slightly slower trains that will now stop at even more local halts in exchange. The question whether KC (Kūyú-chegicha, Regional Rail) services will be continued on that corridor once the new timetables are in place is yet to be answered. The Pyingshum-Finkáse corridor will not reveive an additional set of tracks, however here as well the maximum speed on the section Leshfyomi-sul to Finkáse will be raised from formerly 270km/h to 340km/h.