Maeil Ilbo = Reporter Hwang Gyeong-geun | The Gangwon Special Self-Governing Provincial Council announced on the 18th that the “Proposal to urge early start of construction of the Yongmun-Hongcheon metropolitan railway” proposed by Chairman Kwon Hyeok-yeol at the 6th extraordinary meeting of the Korea City and Provincial Council Chairman’s Association held at Lotte Resort in Buyeo on the 18th was passed.
The Yongmun-Hongcheon metropolitan railway proposed this time connects the Gyeongui-Jungang Line, which runs from Seoul Station to Yongmun, to Hongcheon, and was reflected as a new project in the ‘4th National Railway Network Construction Plan’ in July 2021, and 5 metropolitan railway leading projects. It has been selected as *. The five leading metropolitan railway projects are △Yongmun~Hongcheon △Busan~Yangsan~Ulsan △Gwangju~Naju △Daegu~Gyeongbuk △Daejeon~Sejong~Chungbuk.
The ‘Yongmun-Hongcheon metropolitan railway’ proposal proposes an early start of construction of the Yongmun-Hongcheon metropolitan railway in order to disperse the population of the overcrowded metropolitan area, achieve balanced regional development, and realize a ‘liveable local era’ everywhere by improving accessibility to transportation-disadvantaged areas. In relation to this, the results of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport’s ‘Yongmun-Hongcheon metropolitan railway preliminary feasibility study service’, which was originally scheduled to be completed around March of this year, were postponed to the end of September, and ahead of the results, the Korea City and Provincial Council Chairman’s Association submitted a report to the central government and the National Assembly. He strongly urged early construction of the Yongmun-Hongcheon metropolitan railway.
Meanwhile, the Gangwon Special Self-Governing Provincial Council (Chairman Kwon Hyeok-yeol) held a special meeting on the 13th to support the successful hosting of the ‘2023 Gangwon World Forest Expo’, the first international event in Gangwon Self-Governing Province, which is just four days ahead of the opening. On the 15th, at the level of the Gangwon Special Self-Governing Provincial Council, a participation ceremony for purchasing tickets and a ticket donation ceremony for the 2023 Gangwon World Forest Expo were held. Following this, the chairmen of 17 city and provincial councils gathered to spur last-minute promotions and actively create a boom. Cooperation was requested.
Chairman Kwon Hyeok-yeol said, “The Hongcheon-Yongmun metropolitan railway is a 100-year wish of the residents of the eastern metropolitan area and central Gangwon inland area, and it must be implemented in terms of improving accessibility to transportation-disadvantaged areas, dispersing the population in the overcrowded metropolitan area, and balanced regional development. “It is a pending task,” he said. “We strongly urge the early start of construction of the ‘Yongmun-Hongcheon Metropolitan Railway’ for balanced national development beyond local issues.” He added, “Please gather everyone’s wishes for the successful hosting of the 2023 Gangwon World Forest Expo.”
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