With numerous high speed rail projects either under construction or at planning stage across the world. Many are turning to Japan to learn from their operational and technological successes.
Since opening the worlds first high speed network back in 1964 and having recorded zero passenger fatalities. It is easy to understand why many would want to benefit from Japans experience.
Japan’s Shinkansen network is not only the oldest high-speed network in the world, it is also the safest, with zero passenger fatalities since the launch of the very first line in 1964. Its safety and punctuality record are peerless, so it’s not surprising that countries planning high-speed rail projects look to Japan for guidance. The UK, US and Australia are all in various stages of development with their own high-speed rail systems. In the UK, plans for a 530-kilometre Y-shaped network connecting London with Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds are currently making its way through parliament. On the other side of the planet, Australia is considering a 1,750-kilometre network, taking in the east coast cities of Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane. Then there is the USA, which is working on an 830-kilometre corridor between Los Angeles and San Francisco.