Railways agency budgets NT$12bn to stretch curves

PUYUMA ACCIDENT: The plans were proposed before a derailment in October last year and cover 19 sections, but did not originally include the site of the disaster

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 15, 2019
By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

The curve radius on several railway sections is to be increased for about NT$12 billion (US$388.97 million) following the derailment of a Puyuma Express train in Yilan County on Oct. 21 last year, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said yesterday.

The derailment, which killed 18 people and injured 215, raised questions about whether tilting trains should slow down more when passing through curves and whether some tight curves might pose a risk to passengers.

Trains need to slow down when passing through tight curves to ensure safety, the agency said.

The speed limit in curves is 65kph for regular trains and 75kph for tilting trains, it said.

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