Faster to Pusan
LAST MONTH saw the start of work on the 118·3 km second phase of the Seoul - Pusan high speed line, now costed at 5000bn won. On July 8 the Ministry of Transport confirmed that Korea High Speed Rail Construction Authority had signed contracts with two construction firms for civil engineering work on two sections of the alignment. Work on three more sites is due to begin in September, and on another two in December.
Detailed design of the Taegu - Pusan section was completed in 1999, and KHRC has already acquired around half of the land required. The second phase was originally due to open in 2010, but President Kim Dae-Jung ordered work to be brought forward to 2008 (RG 2.02 p63). This will allow the 30000 strong workforce and construction equipment to be rolled forward as work on the Seoul - Taejong - Taegu first phase is completed.