Information published on 15 July 2014 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 408.

Japan: JR East to build a new station between Tamachi and Shinagawa Stations to promote urban development

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The area surrounding Shinagawa Station and Tamachi Station is rising in importance as a transport hub connecting the Tokyo Metropolitan Area with other cities in Japan and throughout the world. Consequently, East Japan Railway Company (JR East) has held discussions with the Government of Japan, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, relevant wards and other stakeholders to form a vision for the area’s development.

To date, JR East has been looking into modifying the railcar holding site and facilities to its Shinagawa Depot located near the centre of this area. Moreover, JR East plans to promote urban development on a large plot of land of approximately 130,000 m2 that will be freed up as a result.

In conjunction, JR East has decided to build a new station between Tamachi Station and Shinagawa Station as a core component to this urban development. Working in collaboration with the local community, JR East will endeavour to apply innovative ideas in developing an internationally attractive point of convergence for people to meet and interact with one another.

Urban Development Concept:

  • Build an internationally attractive point of convergence to generate new values from the interaction of companies and people from around the world.
  • Develop a raised station-front plaza in parallel with the second floor of the new station as a vibrant and flourishing space for integrating people with the station and the surrounding urban environment and community.
  • Strive to develop an urban environment featuring the bounties of nature where people would like to walk for enjoyment and appreciate the history and culture of the area.

(Source: JR East)