|Construction on the ultra-high-speed network to be completed by 2027.|
Japan has resumed trials for the world’s fastest magnetic-levitation (maglev) train.
Construction by Central Japan Railway on the US$51 billion maglev line between Tokyo and Nagoya will begin as early as April 2014, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
The ultra-high-speed train will complement the Shinkansen bullet-train network when works are completed in 2027, with the new train expected to reach speeds of up to 500 km/h.
Trial runs resumed this week after the company spent five years building extensions of a test track.
The 286 km ride journey between Tokyo and Nagoya currently takes high-speed trains 95 minutes, while the maglev trains will be able to transport passengers in half the time.
However, there is an immense amount of tunnelling work to be completed through the Japanese Alps before the project is fully complete.
“I think it’s going to be finished very, very late,” Atlantis Investment Research president Edwin Merner said.