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Line 8 Northern Extension

Philip Partington
Fri, 10 Jul 2015 06:48:42 GMT

It appears the first (depending on how you look, second) extension of Seoul's line eight has been approved and set to start in 2017 (?) with a projected completion timeframe of five years. There will be one additional station in the city, after which point the line will cross under the river (the third to do so, I believe, once Sinbundang is extended to Yongsan) and into Gyeonggi-do, with three new stations, as well as a transfer point to the Jungang portion of the Gyeongui•Jungang line, and its new northern terminus where it will connect with the Gyeongchung line. The six stations compromising this extension will be known as the Byeolnae Line but will reportedly function as a seamless section of line eight. This is perhaps due to its being mainly located within the borders of the province, as with the case of the Ilsan line atop Seoul's third line. I'm sharing this information here because there has been a lot of discussion regarding the recently approved nine additional Seoul lines (plus the next line nine extension) as well as the nine Gyeonggi-do rail projects. Ho wever, I didn't see any mention of this line eight news anywhere in those articles. Here's the source of the above information: http://mediahub.seoul.go.kr/archives/891607

Philip Partington
Fri, 10 Jul 2015 07:40:46 GMT

I'm not sure if it's possible to edit posts, but I meant to say fourth line under the river, not third. :/

Sun, 12 Jul 2015 05:50:10 GMT

Hey! Thanks for the info. Oh it's funny that the extension of line 8 isn't mentioned with the "10 lines"-package. I think that the extension of line 8 was already planned long before the other lines. We wrote about the 10 lines the first time when Seoul proposed the lines: http://kojects.com/2013/08/05/10-new-lines-in-seouls-metro-network/

Philip Partington
Sun, 12 Jul 2015 14:30:14 GMT

@nimedi I remember that post ;) It is odd that it's not mentioned in that bigger package when the timeframe is similar and line nine's extension gets a mention. Like you say, probably due to being under a different decision altogether.