PyeongChang 2018Olympic Games News
Date : 21 Nov 2017
PyeongChang, Korea, November 20, 2017: The Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission, Gunilla Lindberg, and other IOC representatives travelled from Incheon to PyeongChang on the new high-speed train (KTX) on Monday ahead of the final IOC Project Review for PyeongChang 2018, starting on Tuesday.
The train is now into testing mode and will be open to the public in December. Mrs Lindberg and the IOC delegation boarded at Incheon International Airport and travelled all the way to Jinbu Station at PyeongChang – one of the main arrival points for the Olympic Winter Games in February.
Mrs Lindberg described the journey as “extremely smooth and comfortable” and added: “Having seen the development of this project from the outset, I am delighted to have been able to take part in this final testing phase.
“The KTX link between Incheon Airport and Gangneung will truly open up ‘New Horizons’ for the Gangwon region. Not only will the train serve as a great transport option for those coming to the Games, it will continue to connect Seoul to the Alpensia mountain region and Gangneung coastal areas for decades to come.
“It is a great example of a country using the deadline of the Games as a catalyst to deliver a project that will bring lasting benefits to the country and its citizens.”
During Games-time next February, 51 trains will run daily to take officials and spectators from Seoul to PyeongChang (Jinbu Station) and Gangneung (Gangneung Station). Each train can accommodate up to 410 passengers, which will allow 20,910 passengers a day.
With the trains expected to take 1 hour 50 minutes from Incheon to Jinbu, 1 hour 20 minutes from Seoul to Jinbu and 1 hour 36 minutes from Seoul to Gangneung, they offer Olympic fans easy and enjoyable day trips from the capital city to watch the world’s best winter athletes in action.
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