IATSS Review
Online ISSN : 2433-4537
Print ISSN : 0386-1104
Natural Disasters and Railways: “Planned Service Suspension” as a New Method of Disaster Prevention and Reduction for Railways
Yoshihide KAWAHARA
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2020 Volume 45 Issue 2 Pages 88-99


In recent years, when a major typhoon approaches and makes landfall, in order to maintain passenger safety, many Japanese railway companies conduct planned service suspension after scheduling the suspension of every train operating on lines in a wide area before the typhoon hits and after providing information to passengers, in the event where trains possibly have to stop between stations for a long period of time, or when trains must stop operating before arriving at their final destination. In this paper, we have provided a summary of disaster reduction activities for railways against disasters caused by heavy rainfall and strong winds, and the circumstance, significance, and important points of “planned service suspension” of railways as a new and rapidly expanding method for disaster reduction in recent years based on “Guidelines for Conducting Planned Service Suspension of Railways”, edited by the Railway Bureau at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT).

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