Several train stations in Taichung will be rebuilt as part of an overpass network in conjunction with the Taiwan Railway Administration’s (TRA) plan to remove railway crossings.
Railway Reconstruction Bureau Deputy Director Zhou Yong-huei (周永暉) said that construction would begin next month, and is scheduled to be completed by 2014.
“Once construction is completed, 17 railway crossings, 18 underground passages and three bridges will be removed,” Zhou said.
Construction will involve elevating railway lines and five stations, including Fengyuan (豐原), Tanzih (潭子), Taiyuan (太原), Taichung (台中) and Daching (大慶). The total length of the elevated route will be about 21.2km.
Taichung station will move to a new location on the east side of the current station, whereas the four others will remain in their current locations.
The bureau said there will be four new commuter stations on the elevated route, including Fengnan (豐南), Songchu (松竹), Chingwu (精武) and Wuchuan (五權).
Songchu (松竹) and Daching (大慶) will also double as stations on the Green Line of the planned Taichung MRT system.