Opening of Hokuriku Shinkansen between Kanazawa and Shiga expected to be delayed by one and a half years

Opening of Hokuriku Shinkansen Kanazawa Shiga is expected to be delayed by one and a half years November 11 at 2:03 a.m.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has indicated to the ruling party’s project team that the section between Kanazawa and Shiga in Fukui Prefecture on the Hokuriku Shinkansen, which has been aiming to open in the spring of 2023, is expected to be delayed by one and a half years due to delays in construction work. At the same time, we plan to show that total operating expenses are expected to increase by approximately 280 billion yen from the initial forecast.
Construction work has been underway on the Kanazawa and Shiga sections of the Hokuriku Shinkansen with the aim of opening in the spring of 2023.

However, due to cracks in the ground in the tunnel on the border between Ishikawa and Fukui Prefectures and poor bids for viaduct construction, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism announced that the opening time will be delayed by one and a half years at a meeting of the project team of the ruling party of the maintenance Shinkansen, which will be held on November 11.

In addition, the overall business expenses are expected to increase by approximately 280 billion yen from the original forecast of more than 1.4 trillion yen due to the increase in the cost of safety measures for tunnel construction.

In the area along the line, town planning has been promoted in an area that is expected to open in the spring of 2023, but there are concerns about the impact on the local economy due to delays in opening.