Series 9000 Free Gauge Train passing through the gauge-changing track at Shin-Yatsushiro on October 19 2014 (Photo: Kazumiki Miura).

JAPAN: JR Kyushu, which was successfully listed on the stock market on October 26, expects to decide whether or not to continue with plans for a gauge-changing Shinkansen train next year.

The latest test train is undergoing endurance trials following modifications made after cracks were found in the axles two years ago.

President of JR Kyushu Toshihiko Aoyagi said the project is running later than expected, and a decision as to whether to go ahead would probably be made next summer.