The exterior of a new station building on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line is to be revealed later this month when the outer construction is completed and its scaffolding comes down. The new station is located between Fukui and Tsuruga and will be called Echizen-Takefu Station. It is due to open in the spring of 2024 along with the opening of the extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen.
Currently, the Hokuriku Shinkansen runs between Tokyo and Kanazawa via Nagano, but an extension of the line is now under construction that will continue beyond Kanazawa linking up with the cities of Fukui and Tsuruga. This extension of the line is scheduled to open in 2024, but there are plans to extend the line even further to Kyoto and Osaka in the future.
Echizen-Takefu Station is the only shinkansen station between Kanazawa and Tsuruga that does not connect to conventional lines. Originally, it was given the tentative name of Nan’etsu Station, but the new name of Echizen-Takefu Station was announced in May of this year. There is actually another Echizen-Takefu Station on the Fukui Railway’s Fukubu Line, so it seems likely that the older station may have to change its name.
Installation of the station name sign and the dismantling of the exterior scaffolding is due to be completed by August 20th after which interior construction and the installation of station equipment will continue.
Article by Michael Lambe. Photos courtesy of JR West. All rights reserved.