Sinbundang Line extension to be delayed by at least three years

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According to an article from Joongboo Daily, construction on the southern Shinbundang Line extension from Gwanggyo to Homaesil won’t begin for at least another three years. News of the delay came following the release of a viability study by KDI showing a weak business case.

The planned extension would connect the Homaesil and Hwaseo areas with Gangnam and was originally scheduled to begin construction next year and open by 2022. Results of the study, which were supposed to be announced two years ago, showed a B/C of 0.39 — making the extension’s future unknown.

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The news will be a kick in the face for home buyers and investors, who have reportedly been purchasing land and moving to the area in anticipation of the line being built. The extension would include a transfer station at Hwaseo Station (Line 1), and would open up a much easier and faster trip to Gangnam for commuters living in the area.

The Shinbundang Line is a privately owned, automated metro line that travels at a much higher speed than other metro lines, helped by the small number of stops. The southern extension to the trendy new area of Gwanggyo opened early 2016, establishing a 30min rail link to Gangnam Station — Korea’s busiest metro stop.

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Originally from New Zealand, Andy moved to Korea in 2007 and very quickly became interested in the many different public transport and urban development projects around Korea. He currently lives in Sejong city and is particularly interested in rail projects, transport hubs and technology.

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  • In the map, it looks like the extension (blue) will split off between 광교중앙 and 광교 stations. Will some trains from the north continue to 광교 (current terminus), while others proceed along the extension? (similar how to line 5 splits in eastern Seoul)

    leifinseoul 3 months ago Reply


    • Hey Leif!

      Thanks for your comment. Yes, some trains are going to have 광교 Station as their final station, some trains are going to continue (but not serve 광교 Station) towards 호매실.

      Nikola 3 months ago Reply


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