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Tokyo Metro revealed new renderings and a video on the new Ginza Line Shibuya Station.

https://www.tokyometro.jp/news/2019/203391.html

http://tetsudo-shimbun.com/headline/entry-1868.html

https://twitter.com/tetsudo_shimbun/status/1188690382395035648


The next large step in the construction of the station will be in the new years holiday. Between 2019/12/27 and 2020/01/03 the tracks will relocated to the sides of the new island platform above the bus station that will replace the old platforms for good. From then it will just be a matter of completing the station to the situation which is shown in the images below.








 

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Sotetsu/JR Thru running set to begin November 30, 2019

The new linkage between Sotetsu tracks at Nishiya Station in Yokohama, and a new station called Hazawa/Yokohama KokuDai station will go into operation at this time.

Here the trains will then switch onto what has always been freight only tracks in a very long tunnel operated by JR and head over to the Tokaido-Yokosuka-Keihin line track ROW.

Once out of the tunnel, it will then use Yokosuka line tracks and make stops at the same stops as current Shonan-Shinjuku Line trains all the way to Shinjuku where most runs end. Some runs in the mornings will continue on as Saikyo Line trains and head to Akabane, Musashi-Urawa and Kawagoe.


 

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This is probably going to make the Hinkaku Line stretch a lot worse, I'd think.

Presumably no upgrades to Hebikubo junction are in the pipeline?
 

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It shouldn't add too much of a strain to the Hinkaku stretch between Osaki and Shin-Kawasaki since the headway there is about 5 minutes or so max. They have enough room to fit these trains coming off the Sotetsu Line in there during weekday AM rushes since they only have to run between Yokosuka, Shonan-Shinjuku and a few liner services here. I believe they're getting rid of a few morning liner trips that run to Shinjuku to make more room here. Shouldn't need to upgrade the junction...yet...
 

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Just returned from recently-inaugurated Minami-Machida Grandberry Mall Park. The mall was just opened on 13th but it seems there are far more visitors (it was SUPER crowded) today due to being the first weekend during the operation. Boy, the mall itself is really big, perhaps even larger than Futakotamagawa Mall which is also located along Den-en-Toshi line.


IMG_20191116_152910 by antoinetonee, on Flickr

BTW I like the design of the station, it's really airy and spacious. Now it's my favorite among Tokyu stations.


IMG_20191116_152903 by antoinetonee, on Flickr


IMG_20191116_153450 by antoinetonee, on Flickr


IMG_20191116_153106 by antoinetonee, on Flickr

This picture doesn't do justice (thanks to crappy phone camera :eek:hno:), on a clear day one can see the mountain range northwest of Kanagawa Prefecture from the station


IMG_20191116_153314 by antoinetonee, on Flickr
 

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Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku line has resumed service after a portion of it was closed on Saturday due to construction of a new Takanawa Gateway Station.













Services were suspended from the first train running between Osaki and Ueno until around 4 p.m., and trains are running on the newly re-routed tracks. For the Keihin-Tohoku line, service were halted only between Tamachi and Shinagawa.

Alternative plan (english): https://www.jreast.co.jp/shinagawa-koji/pdf/shinagawa-koji_en.pdf

The new Takanawa Gateway station, located between Shinagawa and Tamachi stations, is scheduled to open next spring.







Photos: https://news.mynavi.jp/article/20191116-shinagawa/

powerskyaccess video in Ueno, Tamachi and Shinagawa:


Cabview from Shinagawa to Tamachi passing the new re-routed track:


ANN News report:

 

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Takanawa Gateway Station

Following the previous thread... At the same time that works have been carried out to reroute the trains to the new tracks that pass through the new Takanawa Gateway station, JR East organized on Saturday a visit for the press on this new station that will enter service next spring.





It will be station number 30 on the Yamanote line, and will have the code "26". In the Keihin-Tohoku line code will be "21".

New station is connected to the Toei Asakusa and Keikyu line through the Sengakuji station.


Looking on the Tamachi station bound (north).


Looking south to the Shinagawa station.


In front, the Tokyo Bay.




Front of the station. Main entrance is on the west side, with access through the Sengakuji Station to the Toei Asakusa an Keikyu Lines. Not sure but I think is a street-level connexion.




90% of the station is completed, but there is still a lot outside. This area that is free of the old Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku tracks is still under re-urbanization as momo post in the architecture forum.


Inside the station looking north.


... And looking south.







The station lobby is on the second floor (first floor for westerns). Material details in the photos above.




Roof materials are similar to those used at the Yaesu entrance of Tokyo Station.




Stairs and escalator that connect the second floor with the Yamanote Line platform.




Platform level, and all finished. There will be half-height doors on the two platforms (four tracks).








This is how the platform of the Keihin-Tohoku line looks. It seems that JR East is retouching the design of the signage.








Source: https://travel.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/1219005.html
 

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Sotetsu/JR thru route opens to the public



Yesterday, I joined a good crowd of rail enthusiasts (along with some regular commuters) in riding the new Sotetsu/JR link line that connects with the Sotetsu rail line in central Yokohama, to JR East's Hinkaku alignment on which the Shonan-Shinjuku and Yokosuka lines run towards Osaki and ultimately Shinjuku along the western Yamanote Loop. This is done by extending the Saikyo Line past Osaki to Musashi-Kosugi and allowing interlining between the two lines.


Ebina Station
The sight of a JR E233 from the Saikyo pulling into the station was a little jarring even for me; there are only two other JR services with mutual service routes in Tokyo-- JR Sobu/Tokyo Metro Tozai, and JR Joban/Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line, the latter which also links to Odakyu's Odawara line.


Trains heading to the new route are either Limited Express or Locals, and on the weekends average 2 trains per hour but increase to 4 during rush hours. Weekday service is more frequent according to the schedule. The destination here says "Hazawa Yokohama-Koku-Dai (Yokohama National University)" but all trains go beyond there to Shinjuku. I don't know why Sotetsu don't program the station signs for their ultimate destination like everywhere else...


Aboard the E233



Hazawa Yokohama-kokudai Station

It's super-rare these days to get a brand new station opening up in the middle of anywhere in Japan, especially around Kanto, so this was a treat. Built on the western edge of JR's Hazawa freight yards, the new station is actually a giant trench with a building placed on top of it; this was the tunnel boring machine launch point for the dig to Nishiya.






The station's platform level is pretty spartan in terms of decoration, but is in line with the more utilitarian specs of Greater Tokyo's suburban rail lines. Even still, it is a very tasteful look, kind of like a loft renovation done to an old factory.










Continuing the loft feel are brickwork found in the stairwells going to the mezzanine level and a very airy ceiling in the concourse. Big windows bring in lots of natural light here and is something not found in many of the older stations around town for sure.


Apparently Japan's most famous "Densha Otaku", Tamori-san and his crew, took a special exhibition ride earlier and signed this station post. I don't know how long it will stay up, but it was being photographed all day!

Heading to Shinjuku




I boarded the next train (which was 25 minutes after I alighted (!) and headed through the Hazawa freight tunnel to the Hinkaku ROW and the newly extended Saikyo Line.





Fun fact: Part of this tunnel is actually a covered viaduct I used to live pretty close to and wonder why they basically built a mid-air tunnel.

I could tell we were passing through this section because the walls are flat and look like the smoundwalls for expressways. Diesel freight trains used to use this alignment in the 70's when this was first built, hence the need to make a covered bridge to keep noise and fumes out of the crowded neighborhoods below.


Arriving at Shinjuku
The rest of the journey past Musashi-Kosugi is just like riding a Shonan-Shinjuku line train. Stops are made at Nishi-Oi, Osaki, Ebisu, and Shibuya before finally arriving at Shinjuku's platform 2.

Needless to say, people were shocked to see navy blue Sotetsu on JR tracks... Some even said "what is Sotetsu?" Unless you live in Yokohama and central Kanagawa, you might not even know it exists because its a relatively short railway and until now, had no presence in Tokyo proper.





Platform 2 along with platform 3 is usually used for shortlining Saikyo trains ending in Shinjuku after coming from Omiya/Kawagoe; most trips usually continue onto the Rinkai line past Osaki and head to Shin-Kiba. Now it seems that they've cut the line in half with the Sotetsu thru runs starting/ending at Shinjuku as a short line, except during rush hours when trains can go as far as Kawagoe in the north.
 

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The whole point of this Sotetsu Link project is to reduce congestion at Yokohama from people transferring from Sotetsu to JR/Tokyu, right?
 

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Not just there, it also helps people riding in from central Kanagawa get to other parts of Yokohama and Kawasaki without needing to take Odakyu and Tokyu as well. The real help will happen when the Sotetsu/Tokyu link comes on line in late 2022. The stop at Shin-Yokohama alone will be beneficial to us on this side of town or sure.
 

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The old Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Shibuya Station was closed for good after the last train on Friday.


last train



The station will be moved eastwards, to the location on top of the bus station on the east


At the station a live stream of the work going on is shown on monitors.

You can see the construction of the new platform.



https://twitter.com/ShibuyaArchives/status/1210965187785711621


At the old station 1 of the tracks is removed, the other track will



https://twitter.com/ShibuyaArchives/status/1211266088278753281


The new station from above, on the top is the location of the old station.




and a little peak inside, showing the concrete slabs that will form the new island platform.



source
https://twitter.com/zeiko24/status/1211191042810118144


And one more from the monitors, taken on sunday afternoon.



source:
https://twitter.com/ShibuyaArchives/status/1211265881059102720
https://twitter.com/zeiko24/status/1211191042810118144


The station will reopen on Friday 3 January 2020.
 

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Ginza Line Station new platforms 1st trains.







source:
https://twitter.com/ShibuyaArchives/status/1212825953812004869




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https://twitter.com/chamitter/status/1212841480219328512




source:
https://twitter.com/B4YO_DDR/status/1212838221748428800






source:
https://twitter.com/giru_ko/status/1212831668844793859


 

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Today was the opening of Takanawa Gateway Station, the 1st new station on the Yamanote Line since 1971.



source:
https://twitter.com/Ryusei_SC/status/1238754668177584128


The station tune:

https://twitter.com/hanemaru0629/status/1238765761843187713





And in true Japanese fashion the station has already making an impact on popular culture.


"Takanawa Gateway Eki ga Dekiru Koro ni wa" translation: (By the Time Takanawa Gateway Station is Completed)

By the train themed group CHICA#TETSU , which is a subgroup of the girlgroup BEYOOOOONDS.

https://twitter.com/BEYOOOOONDS_/status/1238647765522976768
full song: https://youtu.be/OxrloDFc-2M
 

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