East Japan Railway Company has released details and images of the new station that is scheduled to be built between the current Shinagawa and Tamachi Stations on the JR Yamanote line in anticipation of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The new station, slated for completion in spring 2020, will serve both the Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku Lines and will be the first new station on the Yamanote line since Nish-Nippori was built in 1971. The station is tentatively called “Shinagawa Shin-Eki” (品川新駅) or Shinagawa New Station.
The new station will be built on the site the current 200,000-sqm railyard that is being redeveloped by JR East and will be located about 0.9km to the north of Shinagawa station and about 1.3km to the south of Tamachi station.
Tokyo’s Front Door
The new station project, which was announced in June 2014, is part of a urban revitalization plan for the Shinagawa area that is meant to transfrom it into Tokyo’s genkan (reception area) to the world.
The company is planning to develop a large plot of land (approximately 130,000 square meters) west of the station into a hub for the “interaction of companies and people from around the world,” with high-rise office buildings that will create an international business center with easy access to the shinkansen (bullet train) and Haneda Airport. The Sengakuji subway stop, which provides direct transit to Haneda Airport in about twenty minutes, is also only 300 meters from Shinagawa station.
In terms of size, the project site is bigger than the project sites for Tokyo Midtown (about 78,000sqm) and Roppongi Hills (about 109,000sqm).
Connecting the Station to the Town
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Source: JR East Press Release (Japanese)