Keisei Narita Airport Line

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     Narita Airport Line
(Narita Sky Access Line)
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Keisei AE series EMU on a Skyliner limited express services on the Narita Airport Line, June 2010
Overview
Type Heavy rail
Locale Tokyo, Chiba prefectures
Termini Keisei-Takasago
Narita Airport
Stations 18
Operation
Opening 2010
Owner Keisei Electric Railway
Operator(s) Keisei Electric Railway
Rolling stock Keisei 3000 series, Keisei 3050 series, Keisei 3700 series, Keisei AE series, Keikyu 600 series, Keikyu N1000 series
Technical
Line length 51.4 km (31.9 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC overhead catenary
Operating speed 160 km/h (99 mph)

The Keisei Narita Airport Line (京成成田空港線 Keisei-Narita-Kūkō-sen?) is a Japanese railway line running between Keisei-Takasago Station and Narita Airport Station. The entire route from Keisei Ueno Station, including the Keisei Main Line as far as Keisei-Takasago, is branded Narita Sky Access (成田スカイアクセス Narita-sukai-akusesu?).

Project[edit]

The Keisei Narita Airport Line in relation to existing tracks

The whole line is operated by Keisei Electric Railway, while some parts of the line are operated by other companies as well, such as Hokuso Railway. The new line is used by Skyliner services operating at up to 160 km/h using new Keisei AE series EMUs.

The project involved the refurbishment of 32.3 km of existing track on the Hokusō Line, as well as the construction of 19.1 km of new track to Narita Airport, partly using disused rights-of-way originally planned for the cancelled Narita Shinkansen project. The total cost, according to the Narita Rapid Rail Access website, was estimated to be ¥126 billion, or about US$1.3 billion.[1]

Trains also utilize the Keisei Electric Railway's Main Line between Keisei Ueno and Keisei-Takasago. Trains run at a maximum speed of 160 km/h, thus completing the run from Nippori to Airport Terminal 2 in a minimum of 36 minutes, 15 minutes faster than the previous Skyliner route, which took 51 minutes. The reserved-seat Keisei Skyliner fare for the route between Narita airport and either Nippori or Ueno stations is ¥2,400 and takes 36-41 min., but the Access Express commuter fast train costs ¥1,200 and takes about 78 min.[2][3] Express trains also run towards Haneda Airport from Narita Airport via Keisei-Takasago and Aoto then via the Keisei Oshiage Line to Oshiage, and on the Toei Asakusa Line via Shimbashi to Sengakuji, the Keikyu Main Line and via Shinagawa to the Keikyu Airport Line. This makes it possible to connect the two airports in a minimum of around 65 minutes, as opposed to the previous minimum of 106 minutes.[4] Many Express trains split (or connect) at Aoto station and continue to the Keikyu Haneda International Airport station (¥1,630, about 76 min.) or you can transfer at Shinagawa (on the way to Haneda) to stay on the Keikyu Main Line for Yokohama (¥1,630, about 101 min.).

Service on this line commenced on July 17, 2010.

There are also plans to build a spur from the Toei Asakusa Line to Tōkyō Station, opening a (potentially) faster route to the airport via the Keisei Oshiage Line.

Basic data[edit]

  • Total length: 51.4 km (31.9 mi)
  • Service operators and track owners:[* 1]
Station Keisei-Takasago Komuro Inba-Nihon-Idai (Tsuchiya) Airport Terminal 2 Narita Airport
Operating carrier Keisei Electric Railway
(Category 2)
Hokusō Railway
(Category 1)
Hokusō Railway
(Category 2)
  East Japan Railway Company (JR East)
(Category 2)
Owner Chiba New Town Railway
(Category 3)
Narita Rapid Rail Access
(Category 3)
Narita Airport Rapid Railway
(Category 3)
Tracks Existing New Section Existing
  1. ^ Descriptions of the various categories are available at Rail transport in Japan.

Station list[edit]

Trains stop at stations marked "●" and pass those marked "|".[5]

No. Station Japanese Access
Express
Skyliner Transfers Location
KS10 Keisei-Takasago 京成高砂 Keisei Main Line Katsushika Tokyo
HS05 Higashi-Matsudo 東松戸 Musashino Line Matsudo Chiba
HS08 Shin-Kamagaya 新鎌ヶ谷 Shin-Keisei Line
Tōbu Noda Line
Kamagaya
HS12 Chiba New Town Chūō 千葉ニュータウン中央 Hokusō Line Inzai
HS14 Inba-Nihon-Idai 印旛日本医大 Hokusō Line
KS43 Narita Yukawa 成田湯川 Narita
KS41 Airport Terminal 2 空港第2ビル Narita Line (Airport branch)
Keisei Main Line
KS42 Narita Airport 成田空港 Narita Line (Airport branch)

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