Mon, Nov 07, 2005 - Page 1 News List

Premier backs bullet train project during test ride

By Jessie Ho  /  STAFF REPORTER IN TAINAN

The consortium of seven Japanese companies includes Mitsui Corp, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Corp, Marubeni Corp, Sumitomo Corp, Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Toshiba Electric.

As of the end of September, THSRC said it had completed 89.7 percent of the project, according to a company release. The core mechanical and electrical system which THSRC is responsible for is 66 percent completed, while the project's track and station construction are 83 percent and 93.1 percent finished, the release added.

The Tainan station yesterday seemed far from ready to serve customers, with many areas still blocked off.

THSRC plans to test the track in Taoyuan and other areas in the north starting in January, Ing said.

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