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Taipei Railway Station renovations completed after three years of work

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

The newly refurbished exterior of Taipei Railway Station is pictured in Taipei’s Zhongzheng District yesterday.

Photo: CNA

Taipei Railway Station has revitalized its image as one of Taipei’s most important landmarks with a renovated rooftop, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said yesterday.

The facility has been in use for 27 years and was in need of renovation, the administration said, adding that repairs on the lobby began in 2011.

The station’s exterior renovations began in 2013, the administration said, adding that the aim of the project was to replace about 9,917m2 of rooftop panels and waterproof layers.

Drainage pipes on the rooftop were also replaced to stop water leaks in the lobby, the administration said.

The rooftop was built using mainly concrete made to look like tiles, but for the renovation, the administration decided to pave the roof with terra-cotta tiles.

The administration said it has also replaced base plates on the eaves, expansion joints in the cloisters on the station’s east and west sides, canopies at the station entrances, and the station’s outer walls.

Lighting around the station has also been improved, the administration said, adding that it is using its own energy-saving lighting for the pedestrian area under the station’s roof, which is to light the area relevant to the time of day or night and on national holidays.

The station’s official Chinese name — written in calligraphy — is also to be displayed on the north and south side eaves, the administration said.

The renovations have been completed to coincide with the station’s 125th anniversary of its establishment and the administration has decided to expand celebratory events this year.

On Thursday, people whose identification numbers or birthdays contain the number “125,” or those who purchased train tickets with those numbers, are to be given a 10 percent discount if they purchase TRA boxe meals or other railway store items.

The TRA has published 800 memorial sets of platform tickets, which are also to be available for purchase on Thursday.

In other news, Global Mall is scheduled to open its new store today at the Nangang Railway Station, one of four railway stations in the nation in which TRA, high-speed rail an MRT systems coexist.

The shopping center operator said that the Nangang Station is accessed by more than 20,000 people per day.

It further estimated that one-third of the people previously accessing the Taipei Railway Station would be switched to Nangang after the high-speed rail service begins departing from Nangang this month.

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