South Korea (Gyeongbu Expressway & Line)

Seoul went through a period of major urban mobility development during the Park Chung-Hee authoritarian regime. Park’s policies were highly focused on economic development of South Korea after its destruction during the Korean War. Consequently, he is accredited for much of South Korea’s modern infrastructure and economic prosperity even today, despite his autocratic ways of implementing these development plans. Of these plans, the opening of Gyeongbu Expessway is a particularly notable project. This highway is 416 km (258.49 miles) long and connects South Korea’s capital, Seoul, to the country’s largest port city, Busan. The Gyeongbu highway also passes through the country’s administrative city, Sejong, making it the most heavily travelled highway in South Korea. This Seoul-Busan axis became extremely congested in the 1990s, which then led to the development of a Korean Train Express in 1992. This railway opened in 2004 and in 2010 Osong station was added in this expressway railway to include a stop in Sejong City. As such, South Korea’s extensive, high-speed transportation system is developed around these three major cities Thus, it demonstrates Seoul’s efforts to decongest the capital city and disseminate its economic prosperity throughout the country.

Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyeongbu_Expressway
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyeongbu_Line

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