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Some rail travel to be suspended Wednesday, not high-speed rail

2016/09/13 22:18:43

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Taipei, Sept. 13 (CNA) Railway services on the Eastern Line and South-link Line will be suspended Wednesday due to the approach of Strong Typhoon Meranti toward southern Taiwan, but high-speed rail operations will remain normal.

The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) announced the suspension of its services on the Eastern Line from Hualien County to Taitung County in eastern Taiwan, and on the South-link Line from Taitung County to the Xinzuoying station in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan.

Train schedules on the Western Line from Keelung to Kaohsiung, including all its branch lines, will remain normal before noon Wednesday, while those on the Pingtung Line from Kaohsiung to Fangliao will depend on weather conditions as the typhoon approaches, the TRA said.

The Alishan Forest Railway line will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, it added.

Train services on the Yilan Line, as well as the North-link Line from Shulin District of New Taipei to Hualien County will operate normally on Wednesday, according to the TRA.

The high-speed rail from Taipei to Kaohsiung will be largely unaffected Wednesday, the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. said, although the Zuoying-Tainan section of the line from noon to afternoon Wednesday might operate at reduced speed, the company said.

In terms of road traffic, the Dayuling-Taroko section of Provincial Highway No.8, also called the Central Cross-Taiwan Highway, will be closed as a precaution from 9 p.m. Tuesday, the Directorate General of Highways said.

From Tuesday evening to Wednesday, there will be six other provincial highways -- mostly in mountainous areas -- closed stage by stage as part of precautionary measures, the agency added.

As of 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, Meranti was centered 260 kilometers east-southeast of Hengchun Township in Pingtung County, moving at a speed of 20 kph in a west-northwesterly direction toward the sea southwest of Kaohsiung, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

(By Wang Shu-fen, Tyson Lu and Elizabeth Hsu)

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