Tokyo/ Olympics 1964/ V Continuation of Expressway Development Plan for Tokyo 2020
After the investigation of the Tokyo expressway development at that 1960s, recapping that a successful Olympic urban scheme seems always to be associated with a suitable and linked long-term master-plan for the host city in terms of project determination, land usage, resource mobilization and development orientation, it is pleasing to see the long term urban plan developed before Tokyo 1964 Olympics set a strong, if not inevitable basis for its development along the years.
Development plans for the three ring roads that will be the key to improving transportation efficiency in the Tokyo metropolitan area, including the Tokyo-Gaikan Expressway (Tokyo Outer Ring Road) targeted for completion by about 2020, and the Ken-O Expressway (Metropolitan Inter-City Expressway) that will promote traffic moving between each expressway, are moving forward as well.
The Metropolitan Expressway can be used even more efficiently now that the complete Central Circular Route is open in 2015. Tokyo will continue to pursue measures directed at locations where congestion is predicted, strengthening their capabilities with steps such as widening routes and moving ahead with construction projects on new routes so that additional Central Circular Route network benefits can be added.
With projects to build the competition sites for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games already underway, full-fledged development of the transportation infrastructure to support this event has begun. In addition to the plan to open a new line linking central Tokyo and Haneda Airport, plans are moving forward for a new station between the Shinagawa and Tamachi stations on the Yamanote Line and Keihin Tohoku Line, which will be timed to open for service with the start of the Olympic Games.
If we are to evaluate Tokyo Olympics 2020 a few years later, the controversies should not lie solely in whether or not Zaha’s over-budgeted Olympic venue design should be realized, but rather, the performance of the second Tokyo Olympics Urban Scheme 56 years after the Tokyo Olympics 1964.