Tokyo Metro Co has announced plans to renovate all stations along the Ginza subway line over the next 10 years. The renovation is expected to cost around 50 billion yen.
The Ginza line, the oldest in Tokyo, will have been operating for 85 years on Dec 30. Tokyo Metro Co announced plans on its website to keep the much-loved station at the technological forefront by updating the platforms and ticket gates at each of its stations over the next decade.
Tokyo Metro plans to renovate each station between Asakusa and Kyobashi in sequence, excluding Nihonbashi, by fiscal 2017, in time for the line’s 90th anniversary. The renovation of Nihonbashi is planned for 2018, followed by the remaining stations between Ginza and Shibuya.
Each station is going to be redesigned according to a series of conceptual areas labelled, “Downtown,” “Trade,” “Ginza,” “Business” and “Trends.” Tokyo Metro said it will hold a design contest and is welcoming ideas from the public.
Budding designers have been invited to submit their own design concepts for Kanda, Ueno and Inaricho stations. The closing date for submissions is Jan 23, 2013.