Shinkansen rolling stock centers nationwide to investigate whether flooding measures are sufficient October 18th 7:21

In response to the heavy flooding of the Hokuriku Shinkansen vehicle center in Nagano due to the heavy rain caused by Typhoon No. 19, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has sufficient countermeasures against inundation of other Shinkansen vehicle centers throughout the country. We have begun to investigate whether it has been taken.

JR East's “Nagano Shinkansen Vehicle Center” in Nagano City was inundated by the flooding of the Chikuma River due to heavy rain of Typhoon No. 19, and one third of all vehicles on the Hokuriku Shinkansen were damaged.

In addition to Nagano, there are 18 rolling stock centers and bases of JR companies that hold many Shinkansens, but some of them are in the flood inundation area.

If the vehicle is inundated as in this case, the operation of the Shinkansen will be seriously hindered, and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism will soon begin an investigation into the status of disaster prevention measures targeting vehicle centers and bases throughout the country. It was.

In the survey, JR companies will be requested to report on damages expected during disasters such as floods and flooding caused by storm surges, and whether countermeasures are adequately implemented.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism intends to consider necessary measures based on the results of the survey, and is making adjustments to include not only the Shinkansen but also JR conventional lines and facilities of private railway companies.