Taoyuan airport rail project to start this month: bureau

EXTENSION::Despite a one year delay, the goal of completing the airport railway project remains unchanged, the Bureau of High Speed Rail said

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Wed, Feb 05, 2014 - Page 3

After six failed bids, construction of an extended line of the Taoyuan airport rail is to be launched this month, according to the Bureau of High Speed Rail (BHSR).

The Airport Rail is designed mainly to connect Taipei Main Station and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

In 2010, the Executive Yuan approved the project to extend the airport rail from Taoyuan Airport to Jhungli (中壢) Railway Station.

Construction of the extended line was scheduled to begin at the end of 2012 and to be completed by June 2018.

However, it was delayed after the tender failed to attract any bidders.

After six unsuccessful attempts, the bureau decided to hold separate bids for the civil engineering part of the project and that of the electrical engineering.

The former was won by Continental Engineering Corp (大陸工程) in November last year, and it is scheduled to begin construction after the Lunar New Year holiday.

As for the public tender for the electrical engineering part of the project, the bureau said that it is scheduled to hold another bidding session for contractors in the middle of this year.

Though the construction was delayed by one year, the goal of completing the project by June 2018 remains unchanged, the bureau said.

Minister of the Transportation and Communications Yeh Kuang-shih (葉匡時) had said that the government aims to first get the section between Taipei Railway Station and Taoyuan Airport become operational by the end of next year.

The bureau said that it had begun testing trains operating on this section last month.