Saitama Rapid Railway Line
|Saitama Railway line|
A Saitama Rapid Railway 2000 series EMU in June 2006
|Locale||Tokyo, Saitama Prefecture|
|Opened||28 March 2001|
|Owner||Saitama Railway Corporation|
|Line length||14.6 km (9.1 mi)|
|Number of tracks||2|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Minimum radius||248 m|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC overhead line|
|Operating speed||80 km/h (50 mph)|
The Saitama Railway Line (埼玉高速鉄道線 Saitama Kōsoku Tetsudō sen) is a mostly underground rapid transit line in Japan operated by the third sector operating company Saitama Railway Corporation. Funded by Saitama Prefecture, local municipal governments, and Tokyo Metro, it forms a continuation of the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line, starting at Akabane-iwabuchi Station in Tokyo and ending at Urawa-Misono Station in Saitama. The line is used as the main means of transportation to Saitama Stadium 2002. On 27 November 2015, the route was nicknamed the "Saitama Stadium Line". The line symbol used in the station numbering is "SR".
Most of the line is underground, only Urawa Misono Station and adjacent depots are on the surface. It connects eastern and northern part of Kawaguchi to Tokyo; Areas that were only connected by buses.
Planning for the line stated in 1972 as an extension of the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line which was then referred to as Line 7. The original alignment was planned to serve eastern Urawa and central Kawaguchi in Saitama. In 1985, the alignment was shifted east to Hatogaya. In 1992, the third sector Saitama Railway Corporation was established by Saitama Prefecture, and the construction began in 1995. The line opened on 28 March 2001, ahead of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, which held several matches at the Saitama Stadium close to Urawa-Misono Station.
The total cost of construction is 256.1 billion yen making the cost per kilometer at 17.5 billion yen. Since its opening, the line used six-car trains with all stations (except Urawa-Misono Station) equipped with platforms long enough support future expansion into eight-car trains. Urawa-Misono Station was built as a temporary terminal as the line was planned to be extended further north in the future so it only has platforms long enough for six car trains.
|↑ Through-service to/from Hiyoshi via the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line and Tokyu Meguro Line ↑|
|-||Akabane-Iwabuchi||赤羽岩淵||0.0||Tokyo Metro Namboku Line (N-19)
Tōhoku Main Line (Utsunomiya Line, Takasaki Line, Shōnan-Shinjuku Line), Keihin-Tōhoku Line, Saikyō Line (Akabane Station)
- Saitama Rapid Railway 2000 series 6-car EMUs
- Tokyo Metro 9000 series 6-car EMUs
- Tokyu 3000 series 6-car EMUs
- Tokyu 5080 series 6-car EMUs
As of 2013, the main shareholders in Saitama Railway Corporation are as follows.
|City of Kawaguchi||18.7|
|City of Saitama||7.1|
Ridership figures for the line are as follows.
|Fiscal year||Total passengers||Passengers/km day|
The entire line from Akabane-Iwabuchi to Urawa-Misono opened on 28 March 2001.
In the future, the line may be extended north from Urawa-Misono through Iwatsuki-ku, Saitama to Hasuda Station (in Hasuda, Saitama) on the JR East Utsunomiya Line, but financial problems have prevented construction of the extension.
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