East Railway Japan Co (JR East) said Wednesday that it plans to install automatic gates on platforms at 80% of stations on the Yamanote line in Tokyo by 2016.
The installation of the automatic gates is a measure to prevent accidents and suicides involving people falling or jumping from train platforms.
According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, there were 209 accidents caused by falls at train stations in the Tokyo metropolitan region. At major stations which handle more than 100,000 passengers a day, such as Shinjuku, Tokyo, Shibuya and Shinagawa, these types of accidents have increased by 30% within five years.
So far on the Yamanote line, only 2 out of 29 stations have the automatic doors. JR East plans to install the gates at 16 more stations by 2015 and at five more in 2016, but remains undecided about the remaining six stations, NHK reported.
There were 15 cases (excluding suicides) of people falling onto the tracks from platforms on the Yamanote line last year, the transport ministry said.© Japan Today