PyeongChang, November 20 - Chair of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission, Gunilla Lindberg and Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi along with other IOC representatives, made their way from Incheon to PyeongChang on the new high-speed train (KTX) today ahead of the start of the final IOC Project Review for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 tomorrow.
The train is now into testing mode and will be open to the public in December. Getting a preview experience on the train, Lindberg and the IOC delegation boarded at Incheon International Airport and travelled all the way to Jinbu station – one of the main arrival points for the Games.
IOC Coordination Commission Chair Gunilla Lindberg said, “My journey on the new high-speed rail link between Incheon Airport and Jinbu station was extremely smooth and comfortable. I can highly recommend it to anyone thinking of coming to the Games in February. Having seen the development of this project from the outset, I am delighted to have been able to take part in this final testing phase.”
She continued, “The KTX link between Incheon Airport and Gangneung will truly open up “New Horizons” for the Gangwon region. Not only will the train serve as a great transport option for those coming to the Games, it will continue to connect Seoul to the Alpensia mountain region and Gangneung coastal areas for decades to come. It is a great example of a country using the deadline of the Games as a catalyst to deliver a project that will bring lasting benefits to the country and its citizens.”
During Games-time, 51 trains will run daily to take officials and spectators from Seoul to PyeongChang (Jinbu station) and Gangneung (Gangneung Station). Each train can accommodate up to 410 passengers, which will allow 20,910 passengers a day. With the trains expected to take 1 hour 50 minutes from Incheon to Jinbu, 1 hour 20 minutes from Seoul to Jinbu, and 1 hour 36 minutes from Seoul to Gangneung, they offer Olympic fans easy and enjoyable day trips from the capital city to watch the world’s best winter athletes in action.
POCOG Press Office