Saitama Rapid Railway Line

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Saitama Railway line
Saitama Rapid Railway Logo
Saitama Rapid Railway train
A Saitama Rapid Railway 2000 series EMU
Overview
Type Rapid transit
Locale Tokyo, Saitama Prefecture
Termini Akabane-Iwabuchi
Urawa-Misono
Stations 8
Website s-rail.co.jp/index.html
Operation
Opened 28 March 2001
Owner Saitama Railway Corporation
Depot(s) Urawa-Misono
Technical
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 November 27, 2015, the route was nicknamed the "Saitama Stadium Line". The line symbol used in the station numbering is "SR".

Overview[edit]

This line allows trains from the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line to operate beyond Akabane-Iwabuchi station into Saitama Prefecture and ending at Urawa Misono station.

Most of the line is underground, only Urawa Misono station and adjacent depots are on the surface. It connects eastern and northern part of the 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 High-speed Railway Co., Ltd." was established by Saitama Prefecture, and the construction began in 1995. The line opened on March 28, 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.

A further extension north beyond Urawa Misono Station connecting Iwatsuki Station of the Tobu Urban Park Line and Hasuda Station of the JR Utsunomiya Line (Tohoku Line) is currently being proposed.

Stations[edit]

No. Station

color

Station Japanese Distance
(km)
Transfers Location
Through-service to/from Hiyoshi via the Subway TokyoNamboku.png Tokyo Metro Namboku Line and Tokyu MG line symbol.svg Tokyu Meguro Line
SR19 - Akabane-Iwabuchi 赤羽岩淵 0.0 Subway TokyoNamboku.pngTokyo Metro Namboku Line (N-19)
Tōhoku Main Line (Utsunomiya Line, Takasaki Line, Shōnan-Shinjuku Line), Keihin-Tōhoku Line, Saikyō Line (Akabane Station)
Kita, Tokyo
SR20 Kawaguchi-Motogō 川口元郷 2.4   Kawaguchi Saitama
Prefecture
SR21 Minami-Hatogaya 南鳩ヶ谷 4.3  
SR22 Hatogaya 鳩ヶ谷 5.9  
SR23 Araijuku 新井宿 7.5  
SR24 Tozuka-angyō 戸塚安行 10.0  
SR25 Higashi-Kawaguchi 東川口 12.2 Musashino Line
SR26 Urawa-Misono 浦和美園 14.6   Midori-ku, Saitama

Rolling stock[edit]

Shareholders[edit]

As of 2013, the main shareholders in Saitama Railway Corporation are as follows.[1]

Shareholder Percentage
Saitama Prefecture 45.0
Tokyo Metro 19.4
City of Kawaguchi 18.7
City of Saitama 7.1

Ridership[edit]

Ridership figures for the line are as follows.[1]

Fiscal year Total passengers Passengers/km day
2009 30.564 million 40,038
2010 31.051 million 40,770
2011 30.983 million 40,546

History[edit]

The third sector company, Saitama Railway Corporation, was established on 25 March 1992.[1]

The entire line from Akabane-Iwabuchi to Urawa-Misono opened on 28 March 2001.[1]

Through services to and from Hiyoshi on the Tokyu Meguro Line commenced on 22 June 2008.[1]

Future developments[edit]

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.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Terada, Hirokazu (19 January 2013). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 56. ISBN 978-4-7770-1336-4. 

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