*Figure 1 (Created by IHCC)
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*Figure 3 (Created by IHCC)
Area with a radius of 500km centered on Tsushima
*Figure 4 (Map source: Tsushima Encyclopedia)
Nagasaki Prefecture Tsushima Branch Office, 1999 edition
■ Reference site
*Figure 5 (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism data)
* Industrial parks in Saga Prefecture (from the Saga Prefectural Office website)
Tosu Junction is called the ``Kyushu Cross Highway,'' where the Kyushu Expressway runs north-south and the Nagasaki-Oita Expressway runs east-west.
As the Nagasaki-Oita Crossing Road was being developed, traffic at this junction gradually increased and congestion (Tosu - Chikushino) became noticeable.
Therefore, construction work was carried out to bridge the rampway from Fukuoka to Nagasaki in an arched shape above the junction, and the construction is now complete and in use. Additionally, preparations are underway to build a distribution business complex on approximately 70ha of land adjacent to Tosu Junction.
Japan Freight Railway (JR Freight) has decided to establish a new express train service connecting Nagoya and Kyushu by March 2006. In addition to reducing the number of stops and shortening the travel time, the company will also set up a schedule that allows shipments shipped in the evening to arrive early the next day and be delivered to the shipper's factory in the morning. The project will capture the transportation demand of the Toyota Motor Group and parts companies that are expanding their production systems in Kyushu. Increase profitability by strengthening routes connecting automobile industry clusters.
The express delivery service is a 20-car train that can transport up to 500 tons.
The train is scheduled to depart from Nagoya Freight Station around 6 p.m., via the Tokaido, Sanyo, and Kagoshima Main Lines, and arrive at Tosu Freight Station in Saga Prefecture around 7 a.m. Currently, the Nagoya-Kyushu line, which makes two round trips a day, takes 13 to 14 hours and some shippers have complained that it is difficult to use. Limited to stations, the travel time will be reduced to around 12 hours. --- (Nihon Keizai Shimbun, July 4, 2005)
For details on the above contents, please see the industry section of the Saga Prefectural Office official website. [Click here for the Saga Prefectural Office official website]