Seoul, 2 February 2016 – The southern Shinbundang Line Extension to Suwon operated last week, according to the press office of Korean Railway Association.
The high-speed metro line has been open for over four years now and from 30 January 2016, the Shinbundang Line is operating services all the way to Gwanggyo Station in Suwon.
There are six new stations on the 12.8km extension including Dongcheon, Suji-gu Office, Seongbok, Sanghyeon, Gwanggyo Jungang and Gwanggyo.
Also known as the “DX Line”, the current service boasts a quick trip of only 16 minutes from Gangnam to Jeonja Station and travels at a top speed of 110 km/h. The opening of the extension will bring the length of the entire line to 31.3km, making it the longest driverless railway in Korea.
Travelling the length of the line is expected to take 30 minutes, which is very fast considering that a trip on the Bundang line from Seonneung to Cheongmyeong takes 58 minutes.
Trains will operate from 5:30am to 1am on weekdays and 5:30am to 12am on weekends and public holidays.
Designs of the six new stations can be viewed on the Gyeonggi Rail website. Gwanggyo, the final station, is the only station above ground and also the location of the new depot. Another unique station is Gwanggyo Jungang Station which has an underground bus stop for quick transfers.