Post: Friday October 31, 2014
On Oct. 14, Tokyo Metro and the Urban Renaissance Agency (UR) officially announced plans for a new subway station along the Hibiya Line between Kasumigaseki and Kamiyacho Stations.
Construction is scheduled to begin in 2015 and the new station is expected to be pre-opened by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, followed by construction of an underground passageway to Toranomon Hills and neighboring buildings to be ready by 2022.
The new station will be located in the middle of the two stations, (approx. 1.3Km) and will be just to the west of Toranomon Hills which was completed in June 2014 as a new landmark high-rise. There are plans for a bus terminal to be located nearby Toranomon Hills which could serve as a transport link between the Olympic facilities in the bayside areas by BRT (Bus Rapid Transit). The newly opened section of Loop Road No.2 called “MacArthur road” runs nearby the new station and there are various plans for redevelopment projects along the road so this new station will become another main business hub in central Tokyo.
The plans for this new station is based on the“Plan for Redevelopment of Loop Road No.2 Shimbashi-Toranomon district” which Tokyo Metropolitan Government decided on Oct.10. Urban Renaissance Agency will be responsible for the plans, and Tokyo Metro will design, construct, and operate the station after its opening. Total project cost is about 24 billion Yen with about 75% to be covered by private-sector firms involved in the redevelopment works in the district, and the rest to be covered by Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
The plans for the new station are also in accordance to the “Proposal for an International Strategic Special Zone” by Tokyo Metropolitan Government and “The 1st meeting of The Tokyo Area Strategic Special Zone” held by the Japanese Government on Oct.1. Toranomon district is one of the designated special zones and the new station is planned to improve transport links and facilitate redevelopment in the district in order to attract and increase international and business exchange.
In the Toranomon district in 2014, various large scale redevelopment projects have been completed and more new plans announced - such as the“MacArthur road” (Shintora Dori), the opening of “Toranomon Hills”, plans for the redevelopment of Hotel Okura Main Building, plans for high rise twin buildings in the Toranomon 2-Chome district, and plans for another twin tower building at the site of the former Toranomon Pastoral. The new station will develop the Toranomon district much further towards the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 and beyond.